Plourde Leads After Round 1 of Women's Amateur
MANCHESTER, ME – Bailey Plourde had to miss last year’s Maine Women’s Amateur Championship, but the champion from two years ago is back in familiar territory atop the leaderboard after round one at Augusta CC today. The 21-year old from Newcastle won this event at Rockland GC in 2018, but was unable to defend her title last year due to an internship in Kentucky over the summer. She wasted no time in getting back to the head of the pack in her return, carding a round of 73 (E) to open up a three shot lead after day one.
Plourde had her score to -4 at one point in the day, using birdies at 1, 7, and 11, in addition to an eagle on the 4th hole, to get deep under par early on. The member from Sheepscot Links GC made some late bogeys in her final holes, but managed to shoot the best score on day one by three strokes.
Plourde leads a trio of players who shot rounds of 76 on the classic central Maine golf course that has hosted numerous MSGA championships over the years. Former champion Kristin Kannegieser (Martindale CC) is one of the three players sitting on 76 after the first round. She is joined by Erin Weimer (Val Halla GC) and 16-year old Ruby Haylock (Turner Highlands CC). Rachel Smith (Val Halla GC) sits one further back after an opening 77.
Defending champion Jordan Laplume got off to a sluggish start in her title defense, but righted the ship to keep herself in the tournament with 36 holes left to play. She went out in 44 (+8) and was quickly 11 shots behind her fellow competitor Plourde in the same pairing after just nine holes. Laplume showed resolve on Augusta’s back nine, making two birdies against just one bogey to shoot 36 for an opening 80 that keeps her in striking distance with two rounds to go.
The field had to deal with sweltering heat and humidity throughout the round, making this a difficult start to the 54-hole stroke play event. The heat couldn’t keep away the players or the small gathering of people around the first tee who were there to watch the ceremonial opening tee shots from Jane Diplock and Pete Hatfield that preceded the start of the tournament.
Diplock is a longtime member of Augusta CC, a five-time State Senior Amateur Champion, a member of the Maine Golf Hall of Fame, and a winner of multiple ACC club championships. Hatfield was the head golf professional at ACC for over 40 years, has been a champion of women’s golf in Maine his entire career, continues to teach golf to women from multiple courses in central Maine, and is also a member of the Maine Golf Hall of Fame.
Tomorrow’s second round begins play at 7:30 am, with the leaders set to tee off at noon.