Laplume, Plourde Lead Maine Women's Amateur
Laplume, Plourde Take Early Lead at Maine Women’s Amateur
For immediate release: July 23, 2018
ROCKLAND – Jordan Laplume (Dunegrass GC) and Bailey Plourde (Samoset Resort GC) were in the final pairing at last year’s Maine Women’s Amateur at Martindale CC and saw first-hand what it takes to win a state title. Playing along Staci Creech, the eventual winner, they observed up close the poise and skill that led Creech to her third straight MWA title. Creech has since moved out of state and is not in the field to defend her title, opening the door for Laplume and Plourde, along with a bevy of other talented players looking to claim the women’s Amateur title.
Laplume and Plourde put their best foot forward in their opening rounds by both shooting 76 (+3) to share the first round lead at Rockland GC. Both players have had success in the past as juniors competing in MSGA events. Laplume won the Girls 13-14 flight at the Maine Junior Championship in 2015, while Plourde won the same flight in 2013 before winning the overall Girls title in 2016. The two will be joined by Carolyn Langevin (Portland CC) in tomorrow’s final pairing. Langevin was the only other competitor to break 80 in the first round with 79 (+6).
Sitting just one further back after opening rounds of 80 are a couple more young players looking to win their first big event in Maine. Elizabeth Lacognata (Falmouth CC), last year’s runner-up at the Maine Junior Championship, will play alongside 13-year old Ruby Haylock (Turner Highlands CC) tomorrow. Haylock is the second youngest competitor in the field, with her 11-year-old sister Jade the only younger competitor at Rockland.
The Maine State Golf Association is very pleased to be conducting the 2018 Maine Women’s Amateur. On January 1 of this year, the MSGA merged with the Southern Maine Women’s Golf Association (SMWGA) and Women’s Maine State Golf Association (WMSGA) to form one governing body that represents all golfers in the Pine Tree State.
The Maine Women’s Amateur -- as it’s called today -- was first played in 2012 when the SMWGA and WMSGA decided to run one tournament that combined their two memberships to name one state champion. The event has a lot of history from before its name change though, as prior to 2012 both associations conducted their own championships and crowned their respective champions.
The second round will commence at 7:30 tomorrow morning.