Plummer Captures 6th Maine Senior Amateur Title
YORK – Mark Plummer has won enough events around the state to know how to win in many different ways, which makes his win at the Maine Senior Amateur Championship no surprise to those who follow Maine golf. The 67-year old from Manchester began the final round of this year’s event five strokes behind overnight leader Gary Manoogian, but rallied late with birdies on 17 and 18 at York G&TC to shoot 69 and post an early score of 145 (+5) to win by one.
Plummer shot a pedestrian 76 by his standards in Tuesday’s opening round and entered five back going into the final round. After bogeying the difficult first hole at York for the second straight day, it looked as if his tournament might be over. He bounced back and added four birdies on the day, carding the low score and only round under par in the championship.
This marks the sixth time Plummer has won the Senior Amateur since turning 55, the most of any player in the event’s history. The win adds to his tally at York as well, where he was victorious in the 2007 New England Senior Amateur.
Manoogian, who won this event in 2015, put himself into position going into York’s second nine after an outward 36 left him at +2 with 9 holes to play. He stumbled in the middle of the back nine and made bogeys on 12, 14 and 15 to drop into a share for the lead. After finding the trees on 16 he made a double bogey to fall further back. Despite a birdie on the home hole, he finished one stroke behind in solo second at 146. Finishing just one back at 147 was defending champion Len Cole.
Winners were also crowned in four different flights based on age in this tournament. Cole won the Age 55-59 flight with 147; Manoogian claimed the Age 60-64 flight at 146; Dan Bellemare won the Age 65-69 flight with 152; and Lowell Watson won the Age 70+ flight with 150.