Kristen Kannegieser has had a nice golf season.

She won her third Maine State Golf Association Senior Women’s Amateur championship Sept. 7-8 by four shots at Augusta (75-77—152), with the other two senior titles won in 2017 and 2018. Also, she and her son, Will, have won the club championship in their respective divisions at Portland two successive seasons, so, yeah, it has been a pretty good year for her.

Bill Kennedy, Golf Columnist

And she proudly says that Will Kannegieser, the runner-up in this year’s Maine Men’s Amateur, also is the Martindale 2021 club champion.

Additionally, she also pointed out that at the Maine Women’s Senior Amateur, they played two 18s, which she said she enjoyed. That is a new format.

“I like the idea of having two rounds,” Kannegieser said. “I think it gives the tournament a little weight. And you have wiggle room if you have problems in the opening round.”

Kannegieser also won the MSGA Women’s Amateur in 2007 and 2010, so she is not new to the MSGA women’s winner’s circle. Other than the Tri-State Championships (Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont), she has not competed in tournaments outside of Maine.

“Friends have encouraged me to play in New England tournaments, but I’ve never taken my show on the road,” she said, indicating that this is not about to change.

Because the Kannegiesers, who reside in Minot, have memberships at Portland and Martindale, they do have family outings. That is with her husband, Marc, son, Will, and daughter, Isabel. In addition, Kristen has three sisters  — Gretchen Roy, Julie Gatz and Heidi Weeks  — all of whom play golf and live in Maine. Plus, Kristien’s niece, Ruth Weeks, is a member of the Greely High School golf team.

The Kannegiesers clearly are living proof of the expression: The family that golfs together, stays together.

 

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A total of 18 players made the cut at the Women’s Senior Amateur. Leslie Guenther of Mingo Springs (78-78—156), won second place on a match of cards. Micki Meggison of Spring Meadows (83-91—174) finished 18th.

 

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Area golfers made a good showing Sept. 16 at Charlie’s Cup Final at Augusta.

In the men’s competition, Luke Ruffing of Belgrade Lakes took third place in gross by firing a 71, and Brian J. Bilodeau of Martindale tied for fourth in that division with a 72.

Area women did even better. Leslie Guenther of Mingo Springs recorded a 79 to finished tied for first in gross competition. Wendy Gushee of Spring Meadows had an 88 for fifth place, but that was a net 73, placing her second in that division. Lisa Love of Fox Ridge got 10th in gross with a 97, but that computed to a net 71, which was the bet net score of the day.

 

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The MSGA Men’s Play Day is scheduled for Sept. 21 at Natanis Tomahawk. The women will be at Belgrade Lakes Sept. 20-21 for the best two balls of four.

 

Bill Kennedy, a retired New Jersey golf writer and editor now residing on Thompson Lake in Otisfield, is in his ninth season as Sun Journal golf columnist. 


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