The golf courses in the path of Tuesday afternoon’s strong storm were spared heavy damage.

“We were actually on the edge of it,” Ben Taylor, the general manager of Wilson Lake Golf Course in Wilton, said. “It rained hard, but it only last 15 minutes.”

An intense storm cut across Franklin and Somerset counties on Tuesday, bringing heavy rain, strong wind and frequent lightning. Roads in Somerset County were washed out and flash floods hit towns throughout the region. On Thursday, the National Weather Service confirmed a tornado hit St. Albans.

Coming off a long winter that damaged greens across the state, area courses were spared significant damage on Tuesday.

“We were kind of lucky,” Mike Dugas, the pro at J.W. Parks Golf Course in Pittsfield, said. “There was no damage here.”

Main Street in Madison flooded during the storm, but at Lakewood Golf Course, the damage was limited to a few downed trees near the 10th hole, some washed out cart paths on the back nine. According to pro shop employee Gwynne Berry, nothing stopped or limited play.

At Wilson Lake, Taylor and some friends were on the course when the storm hit. After the rain passed, they were able to get back out and continue their round.

“We actually played in it for a minute or two. We got a couple holes in, then went back out,” Taylor said.

Any standing water on the course is gone, Taylor said.

“It was soggy and wet, but it’s dry now,” Taylor said.

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The Ledges Golf Club in York hosted a US Amateur qualifier on Tuesday. Austen Truslow of New Smyrna Beach, Florida and Patrick Frodigh of Westwood, Massachusetts earned the two spots in the US Amateur Championship, which will be Aug. 11-17 at the Atlanta Athletic Club’s Highlands Course in Johns Creek, Georgia.

Truslow shot a seven under par 137 over the 36 hole tournament, while Frodigh was one stroke back at 138. Canadian Eric Banks is the first alternate after shooting a 140, while Portland’s Joe Walp, who placed second in the Maine Amateur last week, shot a 144 to be second alternate.

Three-time Maine Amateur champion Ricky Jones shot 147 to finish sixth. John Hayes of Cape Elizabeth tied for eighth at 150.

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Belgrade Lakes Golf Club will host the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association Golf Invitational on July 28. Among the former big league players scheduled to attend are former Boston Red Sox pitchers Jim Lonborg and Mike Torrez.

The tournament starts at 1 p.m. Prior to the tournament, the major league alumni will conduct a baseball clinic at the New England Baseball Camp on McGrath Pond in Oakland.

Lonborg went 22-9 for the 1967 Red Sox, winning the American League Cy Young Award and helping Boston reach the World Series. Lonborg won 157 games over a 15-year major league career with Boston and Philadelphia.

Torrez won 185 games over an 18-year career. He pitched for seven teams, including the Red Sox from 1978 through 1982. In five seasons with Boston, Torrez won 60 games.

Travis Lazarczyk — 861-9242

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Twitter: @TLazarczykMTM


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