The Charlie’s Maine Open returns to the Augusta Country Club next week. This is the seventh consecutive year the tournament will be played at Augusta, although it’s a little later than in recent years.

The two-day, 36-hole tournament begins Tuesday and continues Wednesday with the final round. There is no cut for professionals. However, only the low 20 amateurs (and ties) will advance to round two. The event kicks off with a pro-am tournament Monday.

In recent years, the tournament was held in the last week of July. That allowed professional players from out of state the opportunity to come to northern New England and play three consecutive tournaments, the Greater Bangor Open, Charlie’s Maine Open, and New Hampshire Open. This year, Charlie’s Maine Open is later, and doesn’t have the other two tournaments as bookends. That hasn’t cut into the number of entries. Mike Doran of the Maine State Golf Association said 108 players are registered for the Charlie’s Maine Open this year. That’s about the same as last year’s 102, and slightly down from the 121 players in 2016.

A few former Charlie’s Maine Open winners are having success on professional tours. For example, Matt Campbell, who won the Open in 2015 and placed third last year, had two top-25 finishes on the PGA Latin America tour this past spring. His best finish was an eighth place in the Costa Rica Classic in May.

Last year’s Open winner, JD Dornes, placed 35th in the New Hampshire Open two weeks ago.

The last amateur to win the Charlie’s Maine Open was three-time Maine Amateur champion Ricky Jones, in 2006 at Fox Ridge.

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A few central Mainers had good showings at the state junior championship this week at Brunswick Golf Club.

Mitchell Tarrio of Augusta placed second in the boys 16-18 division, losing a playoff hole to Ryan Collins. Erskine Academy’s Connor Paine placed ninth. Carson Veilleux, who graduated from Forest Hills last spring, was 15th.

Owen Moore of Pittsfield took the 12-under crown.

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The qualifier for the Coca-Cola Junior Championship is set for Sugarloaf Golf Club from Monday through Thursday next week. Ninety boys and 35 girls make up the field.

Among the Mainers scheduled to play are Camden Hills High School senior Cole Anderson, who placed second in the Maine Amateur at Belgrade Lakes last month, Jeremy Baker of Portland, Anthony Burnham of Scarborough, Tom Higgins of South Portland, Austin Legge of Cape Elizabeth and Caleb Manuel of Topsham, who placed fifth in the Maine Am a few weeks ago.

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When the state match play championship kicks off at Falmouth Country Club on Aug. 14, two-time defending Maine Am champion Jack Wyman will not be among the 32 golfers in the field. Wyman will be competing in the U.S. Amateur championship at Pebble Beach, California.

Wyman, of South Freeport, initially thought he’d missed a spot at the U.S. Amateur when he placed third in a regional qualifier at The Ledges Golf Club in York last week. He later received a call from the United States Golf Association informing Wyman he had made the cut.

Will Kannegieser of Minot also qualified for the U.S. Amateur. The tournament features a mix of stroke and match play. After two days of stroke play on Aug. 13-14, the top 64 players are seeded and face off in match play.

The most famous U.S. Amateur championship moment featuring a Maine golfer has to be Mark Plummer’s semifinal match versus Tiger Woods in 1995. At Newport (R.I.) Country Club, Plummer, a Manchester native, took Woods 17 holes in their match,

Travis Lazarczyk — 861-9242

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