Grindle Wins Match Play Invitational

Aug 16, 2017

2017 Maine Match Play Invitational

Waterville CC | August 15-17


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Final Match Notes:

Sam Grindle accepts the Match Play Invitational trophy from referee Moe Gallant.

Sam Grindle (Island CC) has had an entire month to think back on what could have been at the Maine Amateur Championship at Brunswick GC in July. The 22-year-old from Deer Isle was near the lead on the final nine holes at the Amateur, but eventually had to settle for the runner-up after losing by two strokes to Jack Wyman. Grindle had his chance at redemption today at Waterville CC as the two squared off in the finals of the 2017 Match Play Invitational. He took full advantage, beating Wyman by a score of 3&2 to claim his first Maine major title.

Due to the duo's 1-2 finish in the Amateur they were the one and two seeds in this year's Match Play bracket. For the first time in the event's history, both top seeds advanced to the final match, setting up another showdown a month removed from the Amateur.

Grindle came out firing early, birdieing three of his first five holes. Wyman made two of his own, so despite being three under early in the round, Grindle only held a 1 up lead. The two each made a bogey to lose a hole on 7 and 8, and after they exchanged pars on 9, Grindle went to the back nine 1 up. Both players parred holes 10-14 to keep the match tight. Wyman made bogey on 15 to fall 2 down, and when Grindle made a birdie on the long downhill par-3 16th hole, the match was over. The 3&2 win for Grindle ended what's been an amazing summer for Wyman in which he's won far more than he's lost.

Many thanks to the staff and grounds crew at Waterville CC for their hospitality this week. The players raved about the course conditions which helped make this Match Play Championship a great event that tested Maine's top players.

Day Two Notes:

The final match is set for the 2017 Match Play Invitational, and if the two players that still remain look familiar it's for good reason. At last month's Maine Amateur Championship at Brunswick GC, Jack Wyman outlasted Sam Grindle to win the title. Their 1-2 finish at the Amateur earned the two players the top two seeds at this week's event, and both players proved they earned those top seedings in the always-talented field of players.

Wyman cruised to an easy 7&6 victory over Craig Chapman in his semifinal match to earn his first berth in the Match Play finals. In addition to winning the Amateur, Wyman also earned low amateur at the Charlie's Maine Open and is fresh off winning the club championship at his home Portland CC. It's been an incredible summer that can only get better tomorrow.

Grindle beat Joe Baker by a score of 3&2 in the semifinal to reach tomorrow's final match. The young man from Deer Isle has been a mainstay on the leaderboard at the last five Maine Amateurs but is still looking for his breakthrough win on the Maine scene.

The two will tee off tomorrow morning on the immaculate Waterville CC course at 7:30. As with today, hole-by-hole scoring will be available throughout the match.

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Jack Wyman continued with the fine play he's had this summer, beating a charging Lance Bernier 1 up in the first quarterfinal match this morning. Bernier made a late charge on the back nine on the defending Maine Amateur champion, but Wyman birdied 18 for the second straight match to win by a 1 up margin.

Wyman will face Craig Chapman in the afternoon semifinal today, as Chapman beat Tim Desmarais 3&2. This marks the second straight year Chapman has reached the semifinals.

In the morning's third match, Sam Grindle played flawless golf, making three birdies against no bogeys to beat Andrew Slattery by a margin of 3&2.

In the final match of the morning Joe Baker and fellow Martindale member Will Kannegieser had a match that was all square before Baker won the last two holes to secure a 2 up win.

The afternoon's semifinal matches are now set. Hole-by-hole scoring will be available throughout the matches.

Jack Wyman  vs. Craig Chapman

Sam Grindle vs. Joe Baker

 

Day One Notes:

OAKLAND It was a long and exciting day for the first two rounds of the 2017 Match Play Invitational at Waterville CC. At the start of the day, 32 of the top amateur golfers in Maine teed it up in a single elimination match play bracket, and by day's end only eight remained and will return tomorrow for the quarterfinal matches. 

After the morning matches concluded, the afternoon round of 16 proved to be especially trying for the players, as seven of the eight matches went all 18 holes. Five of those matches went extra holes to settle the score, a record for this event.

Though there are many stories of note from the chaotic first day, one that stands out is that Andrew Slattery (Sable Oaks GC) certainly got his money's worth today, winning his first round match over Keith Patterson (Biddeford-Saco CC) in 24 holes, only to have to go 23 holes in the afternoon against Gavin Dugas (JW Parks GC). The 24 hole match tied the longest in Match Play history, and the 47 holes played set the new record for most holes in a day. Slattery will face Maine Amateur runner-up Sam Grindle (Island CC) in the third round.

To see the bracket in its entirety, click the Online Scoring link above to see how all matches panned out on a beautiful day at Waterville CC.

Matches and notes for the quarterfinal round:

7:30 am: Jack Wyman (Portland CC) vs. Lance Bernier (Boothbay Harbor CC)

Wyman is coming off a banner summer, having won the Maine Amateur Championship and low amateur honors at the Charlie's Maine Open in the last month. He'll be playing good friend and fellow southpaw Bernier.

7:40 am: Tim Desmarais (Riverside GC) vs. Craig Chapman (Fox Ridge GC)

Desmarais recently got his amateur status back and will be playing Chapman, who recorded a top 10 at this year's Maine Amateur.

7:50 am: Sam Grindle (Island CC) vs. Andrew Slattery (Sable Oaks GC)

Grindle recently finished as runner-up to Wyman at this year's Maine Amateur, and will face Slattery, the only player remaining in the draw who has won the Match Play before.

8:00 am: Joe Baker (Martindale CC) vs. Will Kannegieser (Martindale CC)

Baker finished fourth in the Amateur last month and will square off against fellow Martindale member Kannegieser, who finished as the runner-up in last year's Match Play.

Keep posted tomorrow, as live scoring will be available for all four of the quarterfinal matches, as well as the afternoon's semifinals.