Maine Junior Champions Crowned at Val Halla
2017 Maine Junior Championship
Val Halla GC | August 1-2, 2017
Players were treated again to abundant sunshine for the second round of the 2017 Maine Junior Championship. In the end, five players earned the title of Junior Champion in their respective flights, with Lucas Roop claiming the overall boys title and Erin Holmes winning the girls title.
Roop had a one shot lead over Thomas Higgins overnight in the boys 16-18 flight, and the score stayed close in their battle throughout the day. Scores were high for the final round, and in the end Roop had 81 against Higgins' 80, giving them both a score of 155 for the lead and forcing the first playoff in many years at this championship.
On the first playoff hole, Roop drove it in the woods and was forced to punch out. Higgins hit just in front of Val Halla's first green and calmly two-putted for par. Roop had wedged to the right fringe twenty feet from the hole and was faced with a difficult breaking putt to extend the playoff. He rolled it in the middle of the hole to keep the playoff alive.
The two moved to the second hole and both made routine pars. The playoff returned to the first hole, and Higgins found the lateral hazard down the right side. After taking a drop, he and Roop hit to the same spot on the green. Needing his par putt, Higgins chased it by the hole, leaving Roop a window to win. Roop two putted with ease and with the par earned the title of 2017 Maine Junior Champion.
The girls championship was close from start to finish as well and came down to the final hole. Erin Holmes began the day two strokes behind Elizabeth Lacognata and one shot behind 2016 Junior Champion Bailey Plourde. Holmes was falling behind early to the leaders, but played one under par over her final ten holes to win this event in her last year of eligibility. Her rounds of 79-77--156 edged both Plourde and Lacognata by one stroke.
The boys 13-15 flight had the biggest group of players near the top of the leaderboard going into the final round, but in the end it was Teddy Forsley who walked away with the crystal trophy. His rounds of 80-77--157 gave him a six stroke win over Ryder Henry. Armand Ouellette and Cameron Chamberlain finished tied for third.
The 13-15 girls flight saw Ruby Haylock beat Lindsay Cote. Haylock shot rounds of 93-90--183 to win in her first year competing in the 18-hole division.
In the 12 and under flight, overnight leader Sebastien Martinez held onto his lead and won by shooting a second consecutive round of 40 on Val Halla’s back nine. Owen Moore finished three strokes behind after matching Martinez with a 40 in a round that included an amazing four birdies in nine holes. In terms of improvement, every player in the 12 and under flight matched or bettered their first round score on the second day.
The MSGA would like to thank everyone at Val Halla for hosting the Junior Championship again this year. The club does amazing things for junior golf here in the state which makes it a fitting host for the Maine Junior Championship. Congratulations to all players for a great, fun week!