Ruby Haylock Named Women's Player of the Year
Despite a golf landscape that at times felt very unfamiliar this year due to the coronavirus, the caliber of play in the Pine Tree State was superb in 2020. After a delayed start to the season, the MSGA began running tournaments for Maine’s golfers starting on June 1. After countless one day events and a plethora of exciting championship events crowning state champions, three players have earned the title of Player of the Year in their respective categories. We will highlight these players this week for their accomplishments.
2020 Women’s Player of the Year: RUBY HAYLOCK
The MSGA is pleased to announce Ruby Haylock as the winner of the 2020 Women’s Player of the Year award. Haylock, a 16-year old who plays out of Turner Highlands CC, is the recipient of this award for the first time in her young career after a stellar season.
“I worked pretty hard over the summer,” explains Haylock, “and now that I’ve seen it pay off it feels great.”
The Women's Player of the Year award goes to the player who accumulates the most points during the calendar year, with points available at MSGA championships and Tuesday weekly events.
Haylock captured the biggest win of her life this year at the Maine Women’s Amateur Championship in July. After battling down the stretch at Augusta CC alongside former champion Bailey Plourde, the two were tied after 54-holes of regulation at +4 and needed extra holes to settle the score.
The playoff went to Augusta’s par 4 10th hole, where both players hit their tee shots into the left rough. Plourde managed to hit the green, while Haylock missed to leave herself away and next to play. She then hit the defining shot of the tournament, chipping in for birdie in front of an appreciative crowd following the playoff.
“The entire Amateur is so much fun,” Haylock says. “It’s my favorite tournament of the year and always has been. It’s a three-day tournament with the best ladies, I absolutely love all of them.”
In addition to the MWA, Haylock had success in MSGA championships and Tuesday events to earn Player of the Year points. She finished second in the inaugural Maine Event, and was part of the lowest scoring team at the Metropolitan Team Championship. She also had top finishes in Tuesday events, including two individual wins and a Four-Ball win with Kristin Kannegieser. In the end, Haylock was able to accrue enough points over the season to finish comfortably ahead of Plourde.
Her recent high school season with Leavitt was abbreviated due to COVID-19, but Haylock managed success in the shortened season nonetheless. She led her team to the KVAC title and was the state individual girls champion in Class B. Always being a team player, she is quick to point out that her friend and teammate Morghan Dutil was the runner-up.
She’s from a golf-loving family, with her parents Harry and Heidi and sister Jade all playing at Turner Highlands as well. Her younger sister will be a freshman on the team next year, and is already “talking trash and saying she’s gonna take my title away from me.”
Haylock speaks to the sense of camaraderie among the women golfers in Maine and the tight-knit nature of the group. “They’ve been supporting me and all the other juniors since I started playing these events,” she explains. “My first Am I remember all the ladies being so welcoming and telling me to ask if I needed anything. I don’t think any other state can even compare to what we have here. We all have a bond outside of golf that is really special.”