CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine — Despite wet weather and a two-hour rain delay, John Hickson of Dick’s Sporting Goods in Topsham fired a final-round 72 on Wednesday to capture the State of Maine Championship at the Sugarloaf Golf Club.
Hickson, who tied the course record with a blistering 67 on Tuesday, never relinquished his lead. Hickson shot even par to finish with a two-day total of 139 to register a three-stroke victory over runner-up Jeff Seavey of the Samoset Resort in Rockport.
Seavey, who began the day just one stroke behind Hickson, shot a 74 on Wednesday. He also was the runner-up behind Hickson in the 2012 event, which want to a playoff.
Defending champion Shawn Warren of Nonesuch Golf Club in Scarborough jumped from sixth place after round one to find himself tied with David Grygiel of Tee N Tee Golfland for the third spot at 145 and Michael Dugas of Pittsfield had a 1-over 73 to round out the top five at 149.
Michael Worroll shot 150 and Allan Menne took seventh at 151, while Mike Doran and Matt Greenleaf tied for low amateur honors at 9 over par (153) for the tournament.
The State of Maine Championship is an annual 36-hole medal play tournament that matches Maine’s top professional and amateur golfers in junior, senior and 18-to-50-year-old divisions.
The Sugarloaf Golf Club has hosted this event for the last 12 years consecutively, and more than 20 times since the course was constructed in 1985.