AUBURN — The third time was a charm for Justin Seymour.

Playing his third major tournament at Tabers Lakeside Stand and Golf Center in a year, Seymour, of Connecticut, found his way to the top of the podium for the first time on Sunday, Aug. 8, pulling away from the field with a blistering 6-under 35 in the final round to earn a three-shot win (118-121) over fellow Connecticut golfer Matthew Liles in the seventh annual Maine Mini Golf Open.

Tabers Weekly League veteran Jordy Knoren, who recently took home third-place honors in the summer season, replicated that finish Sunday behind a strong second round, finishing three behind Liles at 124. Knoren and fellow league regular Richard Patrie completed the three rounds Sunday tied with 124 strokes, but Knoren retained third with a win on the third playoff hole.

Patrie was fourth, and perennial contender and former champion Ben Cassidy rounded out the Top 5 with a three-round total of 127.

Seymour first competed at Tabers at the Maine Mini Golf Open a year ago and placed third behind Aaron Perkins and Justin Pelletier, neither of whom competed this year.

He returned for the Tabers Fall Classic in October, and placed fourth after losing a playoff with Pat Sheridan.

But on Aug,8

, the stage was all his. Sitting in third after two rounds, just one back of co-leaders Knoren and Liles, Seymour found his stroke. He made two holes-in-one and carded just one 3 in a remarkable round of 35 to vault past Liles, who closed with a 2-under 39 of his own.

“It definitely was a grind and I had to come from behind by one stroke,” Seymour said. “I had a feeling, though. I didn’t putt my game the first two rounds, but brought it the third round.”

Nathan Fournier and Sean Boulanger tied for sixth position, while Kyle Labrecque finished eighth.

Patrie was the lone golfer with two rounds under par, and only five total rounds — Seymour’s 35, Liles’ 39, a 39 from Knoren and the two 40s from Patrie — were under par on the tough Par-41 layout on the shores of Lake Auburn.

In all, 25 golfers teed it up at this year’s edition of the tournament.

Tabers will soon be announcing details of a Weekly Summer/Fall League, and also a second Maine Mini Golf Tour Fall Classic.

Those interested in participating in — or sponsoring — the upcoming events should contact [email protected]

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