FALMOUTH, Maine — Chris Cloutier of Lewiston turned in two rounds of consistent golf to capture the 52nd annual Paul Bunyan Amateur Golf Tournament on Sunday at Falmouth Country Club.
Cloutier recorded a 3-over par 147 after shooting a 73 at Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono in the first round on Saturday, followed by a 74 on Sunday at Falmouth.
First-round leader Will Kannegieser of Minot was disqualified after finishing the second round on Sunday.
He received the DQ after he asked tourney officials if he made a correct ruling on a shot on the 15th hole at PVCC on Saturday. A review of USGA rules showed that he did not make the correct ruling and was then disqualified, according to Matt Barnard, the director of Harris Golf which manages the tournament and owns PVCC and Falmouth.
“Will took a shot on the 15th hole at Penobscot Valley [Saturday] and wasn’t able to find his ball,” Barnard said in an email. “He returned to where he had made the initial shot and played a second ball. When he came to that second ball, he discovered that his first ball was there in the same spot. He wasn’t sure which ball to play, and decided to play his original ball. USGA rules dictate in that situation that you play the second ball.”
Tourney officials carefully reviewed USGA rules after receiving Kannegieser’s explanation and found that “USGA rules determined that if he concluded the round having done this and signed his card (which Saturday he did), that he was disqualified from play from that moment forward,” Barnard said. “Once it was clear what the ruling was, he accepted the conclusion with grace and without question.”
Kannegieser shot a 68 in the first round and a 79 in the second, which would have left him in a tie with Cloutier.
Nate McCue and Timothy Roach finished tied for second in the tourney at 154, while Richard Campbell and David Gonyar tied for fourth at 155.
Cloutier was hurt by six bogeys in the final round but also recorded five birdies, two on the front nine and three on the back, in picking up the victory. He finished strong with a birdie on the 515-yard, par-5 17th and par on the 410-yard, par-4 18th.
Kannegieser, a two-time Maine Junior Golf state champion, finished at 4-under after the first round when he recorded five birdies, an eagle and three bogeys.
In the other divisions, Tom Frey captured the B flight with a 162, while Bob Davis won the C Flight with a 168.
Roach’s 154 topped the A Flight Seniors, and Jim Weaver won the B Flight Seniors with a 175.