Plourde Claims Maine Women's Amateur Title

Jul 25, 2018

Headline: Plourde Breaks Through with Maine Women’s Amateur Championship Victory

For immediate release: July 25, 2018

It’s been said that winning isn’t easy, and Bailey Plourde (Samoset Resort GC) can attest to that.

The 18-year-old from Newcastle has finished as runner-up on three occasions in the Maine Women’s Amateur, including the last two years, but she got the monkey off her back by claiming the title this year at Rockland GC for the biggest win of her young career.

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Starting the day just one stroke back of Jordan Laplume (Dunegrass GC), Plourde put some distance between herself and the rest of the field by shooting even par on the front nine. “My confidence was really high on the front nine, unlike yesterday,” admits Plourde.

By the 10th tee her lead was five strokes, and she was able to play steady golf the rest of the way en route to the clubhouse before claiming her trophy. Stepping to the 18th tee with a five stroke lead, Plourde tells how “I knew I had a few shots for the lead and a little wiggle room, but really didn’t know where I stood.”

Despite a double bogey finish to the round in front of a large supportive gallery, her rounds of 76-78-78—232 (+13) left Plourde three shots clear of second place. “It feels great,” Plourde said after the round through a big grin. “I grew up playing here at Rockland for the most part, so to win here was really special.”

Laplume, the overnight leader who will attend Merrimack College this fall, never really got things going in her final round. “I’m disappointed with how I played on the front,” says Laplume, “but am proud of how I played out back. It’s always fun to play with Bailey and Ruby (Haylock).”

Despite a final round 82, Laplume improved on her third place finish last year for her best finish in the Maine Women’s Amateur with a solo second finish. “Who knows,” she jokes, “maybe I’ll be first next year.”

Elizabeth Lacognata (Falmouth CC), herself the runner-up in last year’s Maine Junior Championship, finished in solo third after a final round 79 left her at 237 (+18) for three days.

Kristin Kannegieser (Martindale CC) had the best round of the day – and the championship – with a final round of even-par 73. She worked her way up the leaderboard into a fourth place finish.

In addition to the overall title, the field was broken into four flights based on handicap.

Flight 1 was won by Lacognata, with Kannegieser finishing as runner-up. Stephanie Rodrigue (Fox Ridge GC) won Flight 2 with a score of 249, edging Katy Heskett (Purpoodock Club) by one stroke.

In flight 3, 13-year-old Ruby Haylock (Turner Highlands CC) won, beating runner-up and host club member Susan Wootton. In flight 4, Linda Holmes (Wawenock GC) won with 285. Diane Herring (Hermon Meadow GC) was runner-up with 289.