CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine — With the storm clouds holding back, John Hickson of Topsham fired a blistering 67 in the first round of Tuesday’s State of Maine Championship at Sugarloaf Golf Club, tying the course record held by Gerry DiPhilippo and finishing the day one stroke ahead of Jeff Seavey.
Seavey, a club professional at the Samoset Resort in Rockland, won the tournament in 2010 and 2011, and was runner-up in 2012 after a putt on the first playoff hole missed by inches. Hickson won the tourney in 2012 and 2007.
Hickson and Seavey were the only two golfers to finish the day under par, while David Grygiel of Tee N Tee Golfland holds on to third with an even-par 72.
Defending champion Shawn Warren was three back after the first round, tied for sixth with amateur Kyle Ladd. Matt Greenleaf, another up-and-coming Maine amateur, turned in an impressive performance with a 74, tied for fourth place with Jason Harris.
The final round of the tournament begins Wednesday morning.
The State of Maine Championship is an annual 36-hole medal play tournament, which matches Maine’s top professional and amateur golfers in junior, senior, and 18-50 year-old categories.
To compete in the tournament, professionals must be a member of the Maine Chapter of the New England PGA, while all Maine residents are eligible to compete in the amateur category.