Sugarloaf set to host junior golf tournament

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Cole Anderson tees off at the 12th hole on the second day of play in Maine Amateur Championship on July 11 at the Belgrade Lakes Golf Club. (Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal Photo)

Defending champion Cole Anderson and six other players from Maine will compete against some of the nation’s top junior golfers this week at the AJGA Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Sugarloaf Golf Club in Carrabassett Valley.

Anderson, from Camden, returns to Sugarloaf this week to try and defend his title. He is coming off a runner-up finish at the Maine Amateur Championship in July. Joining Anderson as Maine players are Jeremy Baker of Portland, Anthony Burnham of Scarborough, Tom Higgins of South Portland, Austin Legge of Cape Elizabeth, Caleb Manuel of Topsham, and Bennett Berg of Portland — who made it into the tournament through a qualifier on Monday.

The field for the American Junior Golf Association event, now in its sixth year at Sugarloaf, consists of more than 125 boys and girls, ages 12 to 18.

The three-day Championship tournament starts Tuesday, and the 54-hole event is scheduled to conclude Thursday. The field will be cut following Wednesday’s second round.

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