BAR HARBOR, Maine — Ricky Jones of Thomaston fired a 3-under-par 67 Saturday at Kebo Valley Golf Club and holds a two-stroke lead going into Sunday’s final round of the 49th Paul Bunyan Amateur Golf Tournament.
Jones, a four-time Bunyan winner, and two-time winner Ryan Gay (69) of Pittston are the only two players under par as the A and B flights switch to Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono for the final 18 holes.
More than 200 men and women spread over five flights by handicap and gender are playing in this year’s 49th edition of the event. The overall winner will get a merchandise credit prize worth $750, up 50 percent from past years.
Bill Hutchins of Bangor is third at 72, followed by Jack Wyman out of Portland Country Club in Falmouth Foreside, Erik Fitch of Lamoine, 2009 Bunyan champ Jason Harvey of Bangor and John Hayes.
Jones parred his first nine holes before making his first birdie on the par-4 10th. He followed that with birdies on 12 and 14 and parred out. He didn’t have a single bogey on the challenging layout.
Gay, who just finished his senior year of golf at St. John’s University with a fourth-place finish in the Big East Championships, had more of a rollercoaster ride than did Jones.
Gay bogeyed No. 2, birdied No. 3, bogeyed Nos. 4 and 6 and birdied No. 7 to turn at 2 over par. His back nine was much smoother with birdies on 14 and 16 and pars on the rest to get under par for the day.
The top 12 players in the A flight were re-paired for Sunday’s final round, and Jones, Gay and Hutchins will tee off in the last group at 12:04 p.m.