Bilodeau Wins Inaugural Maine Event

Aug 13, 2020

Bilodeau Wins Inaugural Maine Event

For immediate release: August 13, 2020

OAKLAND – The inaugural Maine Event filled a gap in the 2020 MSGA schedule when the Maine Open was cancelled, and the trial run of the new tournament proved to be a huge success. This event featured the top professional and amateur golfers from the Pine Tree State in a 36-hole hole championship at Augusta CC and Waterville CC. In the end, amateur Brian Bilodeau eked out a one-stroke victory with a final round 67.

Bilodeau started the day at even par and was fourth overall after an opening round 70 at Augusta CC. He came out firing on day two, birdieing the first three holes at Waterville to vault up the leaderboard. After all pars on the middle of the front, he birdied the 9th to make the turn at -4. Playing in the third-to-last group of the day, he made eight pars and one bogey on the back to post rounds of 70-67 to finish as the leader in the clubhouse at -3.

The leaders playing behind Bilodeau also got off hot, including Jeff Seavey, who made an albatross on Waterville’s third hole. He was playing alongside amateur Caleb Manuel, who made a remarkable albatross of his own just two weeks ago to win the Maine Junior Championship in dramatic fashion.

Manuel had a chance to catch Bilodeau, and was two down with two to play. To keep it interesting, he chipped in on 17 to get within one of the lead going to 18. He had a chance to force extra holes with an eight-foot putt on the last, but the putt lipped out on the high side. His rounds of 68-70—138 (-2) left him in solo second. With Bilodeau earning the overall championship, Manuel earned low amateur honors. Seavey finished as the low professional to claim the top prize in that division.

The women’s division opened up the event this morning at 7:00 am, with the last two Maine Women’s Amateur champions leading the pack going into the final round. Overnight leader Ruby Haylock had a four-shot lead over Bailey Plourde, and after nine holes the lead remained at four. Haylock stumbled early on the back nine, and the two were tied with five to play. Plourde proved to play steadier down the stretch to take the title. Her two day scores of 80-75—155 earned a two-shot victory over Haylock.

Two of the great stories from the second round came from some of the youngest players in the entire field, with a couple of 14-year-olds making the highlight reel. Early in the morning, Owen Moore opened his day with a hole-out on the first for an eagle two. Eli Spaulding, also 14, opened the day with three straight birdies, and added three more on the day for a personal best of six birdies in a round during his round of 72.

This event features a multitude of flights based on gender and professional and amateur status, so click on the links below to see results from the entire field based on divisions.

The MSGA would like to thank both Augusta CC and Waterville CC for stepping up to the plate and hosting this unique event on short notice. Both courses proved to be a great test for all of the Mainers who participated in this unique event that brought together golfers from across the state in a truly unique championship event. We'd also like to thank title sponsor Charlie's Motor Mall for their continued support of the MSGA and Maine golf.

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