Three state junior championships. Thirteen amateur titles. Four mid-amateur championships. And now three senior championships. Not bad in 59 years.
Mark Plummer grabbed his third senior title Tuesday at Waterville Country Club, holding off a charging Gary Laliberte and making birdie on the 18th hole to secure the victory. After Laliberte parred 17 and Plummer missed a three-footer for his par, the two came down the 18th hole all sqaure. Rounding out the group was first-round leader Dan Proulx, Waterville's home-town favorite.
Laliberte's drive just missed the fairway bunker but got hung up in the long grass on the lip and his approach shot went long. A solid chip left him in a nice position to salvage the par, but when Plummer sunk his 12-footer for birdie, it didn't matter. Plummer had added his name to the record books yet again.
Laliberte ended two back of Plummer in a three-way tie with Ron Dery and Alan Bouchard. All three players will take home top honors in their flights -- Dery in the 55-59 age division, Laliberte in the 60-64 and Bouchard in the 65-69. Proulx finished fifth overall at 147. Dale Brown topped off the results by winning the 71+ age division with a score of 152.
For complete scoring results, please see the links below.
First Round Notes
It was impossible to tell that Hurricane Irene rolled through the state yesterday, as players were treated to warm weather and clear blue skies over the Waterville Country Club for the Maine Senior Amateur Championship. After the first day of competition, Waterville member Dan Proulx used his local knowledge to take the early lead with a first round score of even-par 70. Proulx played steady and shot even with two birdies to offset the two bogeys on his card. Just one shot behind and playing in the final pairing with Proux tomorrow are Gary Laliberte and Mark Plummer, who both opened with 71. Plummer played his way into the final pairing coming off four birdies over his final five holes to right the ship for the day. Both Laliberte and Plummer are past champions of the Senior Amateur and should give Proulx a fine run.