Thompson, Plourde Win Maine Junior Championship
Second Round Notes:
So much for saying that sleeping on the lead can be a difficult thing. The overnight leaders of all four flights came out firing today at the 80th Maine Junior Championship at Val Halla GC, and all four went home with some hardware for their play.
Logan Thompson came into this week fresh off making his first ever cut in the Maine Amateur Championship just a week ago at York G&TC. He’s now heading back north to his home in Lincoln as the Maine Junior Champion. Entering the day with a two shot lead, Thompson was steady most of the day and shot at 75 to go with his opening round 73 to post 148 for the win. Caleb Manuel of Topsham and Cole Anderson of Camden were tied for second, six shots back at 154.
In the Girl’s division, Bailey Plourde of Newcastle held onto her overnight lead to take home the crystal trophy as the Girls 2016 Maine Junior Champion. Her second round score of 77 left her with a two day total of 152, beating home-clubber Erin Holmes by four shots. In solo third was last year’s winner Lauren Schonewolf at 163. For Plourde, this marks the second time she has won the state title, but first as the overall champion – in 2013 she won the 13-14 Girls flight.
The 13-14 Boys flight came down to the very last hole before a champion was named, but in the end it was first round leader Armand Ouellette who won the event. His two day total of 83-85—168 was good enough to edge Nick McGonagle by one stroke. Khai Buttner of Penobscot had the round of the day in the flight to back door his way into solo third at 170. His second round 76 was eight shots better than anyone else in the flight on day two, and was also the first sub-80 round of his young golfing career.
The 12 & Under flight also had its first round leader hold on during the second round to claim the crystal trophy. Playing Val Halla’s back nine for the second straight day, Parker Hilchey of St. George followed his opening 43 with a 42 for a two-day total of 85. He won by six over Alden Griffiths’ two day score of 91. In joint third were Mia Hornberger and Sebastian Martinez at 101.
The MSGA would like to thank Val Halla GC for hosting the Maine Junior Championship yet again and for their continued support of junior golf here in the Pine Tree State.
Unlike past years where the Junior Championship is the last event of the season, there are plenty of opportunities left to play tournament golf here in Maine before school begins. To see what MSGA events are left, as well as additional golf options, go here.
For complete scoring for Boys 15-17, 13-14 and Girls flights, click here.
For complete scoring for the 12 & Under flight, click here.
To view all the pictures taken of the Junior Championship by photographer David Colt of New England Golf Images click here.
First Round Notes:
Logan Thompson, coming off a made cut at last week's Maine Amateur Championship at York Golf & Tennis Club, has taken the lead after the first round of the Maine Junior Amateur Championship. The 17 year old from Lincoln had four birdies against five bogeys to post the low round of the day with a 73. Playing with him in tomorrow's final pairing will be two players from Cape Elizabeth -- Thomas Higgins (75) and defending champion Austin Legge (76).
The Girls side of the tournament promises to be a close one going into the final round as well. Bailey Plourde of Newcastle shot 75 to take a one shot lead over Erin Holmes, who had it going today until bogeying her last four holes for 76. Also in the final group is defending Champion Lauren Schonewolf at 78.
The boys 13-14 flight is another tight race with Saco's Armand Ouellette leading the way with an opening 83. Playing with him tomorrow, both two shots back, are Ryder Henry and Nick McGonagle.
The 12 and under flight had Parker Hilchey of St. George open with a 9-hole score of 43. That gives him a three shot lead over Alden Griffiths (46) and Mia Hornberger (48).
Players will start tomorrow's final round at 7 am at the wonderful Val Halla GC in Cumberland.
About the Maine Junior Championship:
The field consists of players ranging from 9 years to 17 years old. Players age thirteen to seventeen will play 36-holes of stroke play over the course of two days, while those twelve years and under will play 18-holes over the same two days. This year marks the 80th playing of this event.
For more information go to the Junior Championship home page here.