If someone told you that you posted a double-figure number on the first hole of a tournament, and then lost your ball on the second-hole tee shot, you might be inclined to ask: “Why would I want to finish the round when I could quietly withdraw?”

Not only did Nick and Evan Glicos of Martindale complete 18 holes in the rain at Bath on June 5 in the Maine State Golf Association Father/Son Tournament, but they won the 14-and-under division with a championship score of 78.

Nick, the proud father, explained how that alternate round began with a tee shot into a fairway bunker, which was chipped out. The third shot was the biggest problem on that hole when it was pushed into knee-high grass. To Nick, the head pro at Martindale, it was a shot he felt that he extract from trouble and get “out of jail.”

On the dig-out, Nick’s follow through struck the ball a second time, meaning not only did it count as two strokes, but it is a two-stroke penalty. Plus the ball remained in that knee-high grass, which Evan felt was impossible, so an unplayable lie was taken as they completed the hole with a robust 10.

Nick had the second-hole tee shot and promptly hit it where it could not be found. So the Glicos tandem was in a position where it seemingly would not contend for the age-group title. But hold on, because they made a comeback with par golf the rest of the way, including an eagle three on the 12th hole. Their score of 78 was one shot better than the team of former Fox Ridge member Don Flanagan and his son, Trevor.

Nick Glicos was thinking after that crazy start that their goal was to finish at 80, and possibly under, which prompted him to comment: “It was a good lesson for Evan. Do not quit. “

The title for Nick Glicos was a throwback to a day in the mid-1990s when he and his father, Angie, played in the Father/Son Championship and recorded a 75 to tie for first place.

Evan Glicos, who is tall for his age as he moves into his freshman year at Windham High School, could have hit from the red tees with the other 14-and-under boys at Bath, but decided instead to use the white tees with his father. He played well on the MSGA Junior Tour last summer, but does not get in a lot of rounds, because of his interest in soccer.

“Evan has a lot vested in soccer,” the father said as his son moves toward ninth grade and high school fall sports. “He will have to make a decision between soccer and golf.”

This places Evan at an early-in-life crossroads, but in all probability, he will be good at whichever sport on which he decides to concentrate.

Speirs makes the cut

Jesse Speirs, the only Mainer ever to play on the Web.com Tour, made his fourth Web.com Tour cut in 10 attempts this season, at the Corales Puncacana Resort & Club Championship last weekend in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Speirs finished tied for 61st June 5, as he carded 66-69-78-68 (-7) to win $1,593.75. That elevated him in the Web.com money standings from 151st to 144th with a season total of $6,280.

Playing out of Bangor Municipal during his early golf days in Maine, Speirs was runner-up in the 2006 Maine Amateur, and then won that title in 2009.

A few gift ideas

A few Father’s Day gift recommendations might be in order.

A year ago, the Air Force One driver was recommended after a brief trial. This writer still is using it with an element of success only a hacker can appreciate. This year the firm isfeaturing the AFX Game Improvement Iron Set, about which there is information at AFOGolf.com.

Another suggestion is Aveo Big and Tall Apparel, which has items at Dick’s Sporting Goods with its entire line on view at aveogolf.com.

For overall golf equipment, fitting and service, in Maine, Scarborough’s Golf & Ski Warehouse is the place.

MSGA’s schedule full

The MSGA this week features its weekend tournament June 17-18 at Valhalla, and a Mid-Week event June 14 at The Woodlands. In addition, there is a qualifier for the Maine Amateur, June 16 at Biddeford Saco.


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