Laplume Leads Women's Amateur Through 2 Rounds
ROCKLAND -- Jordan Laplume (Dunegrass GC) and Bailey Plourde (Samoset Resort GC) should be familiar with playing in the final pairing of the Maine Women’s Amateur. Both golfers were playing alongside Staci Creech last year in the final round of this championship and watched what it takes to win the state’s most coveted amateur title. Tomorrow they’ll get their chance to win the MWA for the first time.
Laplume and Plourde were tied after opening rounds of 76 and played today’s second round together. Laplume carded a 77 to finish with a two-day total of 153 to hole a one-stroke lead over Plourde going into tomorrow’s final round. “I kind of kept a match between Bailey and me today, which helped,” says Laplume, who graduated from Thornton Academy last month and will head to Merrimack College in the fall. “She’s a great player and she’s always been so talented,” she says of her friend Plourde.
Plourde admits that today she focused a little too much on her playing partners and not enough on her own game. Regardless, she sits just one stroke back with 18 holes to play in the championship. “I just gotta keep my head down and play my own game,” she says. Her second round of 78 has her at 154 through two rounds.
Joining them in tomorrow’s final pairing is 13-year old Ruby Haylock (Turner Highlands CC), who is young even by the standards of the already young talented players atop the leaderboard. “I’m really pleased with how I played today and I’m looking forward to playing with Jordan and Bailey tomorrow,” she admits. Her rounds of 80-78-158 leave her five shots back and tied for third with Elizabeth Lacognata (Falmouth CC), who matched her scores through both rounds.
Erin Holmes (Val Halla GC) had the round of the day with a score of 75 (+2). After a disappointing opening round of 84, the sophomore at Bucknell University sat eight back of the leaders, before making two birdies against four bogeys for the low round of the championship so far.
“I went to the range last night to practice my wedge play,” she admits, “and just worked on those shots from 100 yards and in that I didn’t hit well yesterday.” Holmes laid up on some holes to wedge range today instead of “just hitting driver off every tee,” which left her with more comfortable yardages into the greens. As a result, the reigning Maine Junior Champion worked her way into contention to win the MWA with 18 holes left to play. She will join Lacognata and Ruth Collucci (Biddeford-Saco CC) in tomorrow’s penultimate pairing.
Play will resume at 7:30 tomorrow morning and by early afternoon the 2018 champion will be crowned.