Caleb Manuel (right) shakes hands with Maine Golf Association Executive Director Brian Bickford after winning the Maine Amateur Championship on July 15 at Kebo Valley Golf Club in Bar Harbor. The three-day championship event brought some of the state’s best golfers to Hancock County. RICK ABRAHAMSON PHOTO/MORNING SENTINEL

Kebo Valley Golf Club hosts Maine Amateur Championship

BAR HARBOR — Hancock County was home to the state’s top golfers this week as one of Maine’s premier tournaments came to a local course.

The Maine Amateur Golf Championship was held over the past three days at Kebo Valley Golf Club in Bar Harbor. One hundred thirty-two golfers took part in the 102nd edition of the event, which began last Tuesday and concluded with the final round last Thursday.

Blue Hill Country Club’s Sam Weiss tied for 10th with an 11-over 221 to finish as the top local golfer. Kebo Valley’s Wyman Tapley (17 over, 32nd place) and Blue Hill Country Club’s Erik Fitch (19 over, 36th place) also made the cut with top-40 finishes.

Kebo Valley also got strong 36-hole showings from three of its members with Eric Morris placing 47th at 14 over and Brent Barker and Jake Willis tying for 50th place at 15 over. Percy Zentz of Island Country Club in Deer Isle also finished at 15 over to tie for 50th.

First place in the tournament went to Caleb Manuel of Brunswick Golf Club. Manuel, 19, shot a one-over 211 to top Portland Country Club’s Will Kannegieser by a single stroke for the title.

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