Maine Junior Championship Round 1 Notes

Aug 1, 2018

Round 1 Notes: 

Brunswick –While the numbers on the thermometer were high on a hot morning at Brunswick Golf Club, the scores from the players were low during the first round of the Maine Junior Championship today. Mitchell Tarrio (Waterville CC) and Jordan Laplume (Dunegrass GC) took the early lead in their respective flights to jump ahead of the field at the halfway point of the MSGA’s third oldest championship.

Tarrio, competing in the Boys 16-18 division, opened with six birdies on his first nine – traditionally the back nine at Brunswick – to shoot 31 going out, despite having a four-putt double bogey on the card. While he subsequently made two more birdies for a total of eight on the day, he dropped a few shots on his second nine to shoot 69 (-3) and take a three-shot lead over Jeremy Baker. Joining them in tomorrow’s final pairing in the flight is Ryan Collins (Purpoodock Club), who shot 73 and is tied for 3rd with Percy Zentz (Island CC).

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Laplume opened with a 76 (+2) and holds a two-stroke lead over Stephanie Rodrigue (Fox Ridge GC) after the first round of play. Laplume, coming off a runner-up finish in last week’s Maine Women’s Amateur, opened with a two-under 34 on the front before four bogeys on the back. The Girls 16-18 division is anyone’s for the taking tomorrow, as Rachel Smith (Val Halla GC) and Elizabeth Lacognata (Falmouth CC) are at 79 and 81, respectively, and well within striking distance.

The Boys 13-15 flight is also a tight race heading into tomorrow. Bennet Berg shot 81 to open a one-stroke lead over Alden Griffiths (Willowdale GC) and Nick McGonagle (Sable Oaks GC),who both shot 82.

The Girls 13-15 flight could also be called the Turner Highlands flight, as all four competitors regularly play out of the Turner club together. After day one, Mia Hornberger has the lead with an 87. She is ahead of Ruby Haylock and Meghan Dutil, who carded 91 and 93.

Lastly, the Maine Junior Championship has a 12 & Under flight for boys and girls to play 9 holes each day. Owen Moore, who finished runner-up last year in this flight, will look to win the crystal this year. His opening round of 39 (+3) on Brunswick’s back nine give him a three-shot edge over defending champion Sebastien Martinez (Val Halla GC) and Lucas Flaherty (Purpoodock Club).

Tomorrow’s final round will commence again at 7:30 at Brunswick GC.

About the Event:

The Maine Junior Championship features the top golfers in the Pine Tree State aged 18 and younger compete for state titles in five divisions: Boys 16-18, Boys 13-15, Girls 16-18, Girls 13-15, and a combined 12 & Under flight.

For the older players, this is a 36-hole competition played over two rounds on July 31 and August 1. For the 12 & Under players, it’s an 18-hole championship, with 9 holes played each day.

The course plays as a par 72 for the boys and par 74 for the girls. The 12 & under division plays the back nine at a par 36.