Haylock Wins Maine Women's Amateur in Playoff
MANCHESTER, ME – Three rounds of golf were not enough to settle the 2020 Maine Women’s Amateur Championship, with a playoff needed to settle the score to crown a state champion. In the end, 15-year-old Ruby Haylock chipped in on the first playoff hole to defeat former champion Bailey Plourde.
On a day where the two players separated themselves from the field, it was a two player race all day to see who would eventually emerge as the victor. Haylock entered the final round with a two-stroke lead over Plourde, and both players made a statement early with birdies on the first hole of the day. After nine holes, Plourde had overcome the early deficit to draw even with nine holes to go.
Haylock went on a tear to start the back nine, making birdies on 11, 13, and 15 to extend her lead to four strokes with three holes to play. Plourde showed the resolve of a past champion and finished with birdies on 17 and 18 for a late rally to extend the tournament to extra holes. On the day, Haylock shot 74 against Plourde’s one-under 72 to separate themselves from the field. The two players finished at 223 (+4) in regulation, a staggering 18 shots clear of third place.
The playoff went to Augusta’s par 4 10th hole, where both players hit their tee shots into the left rough. Plourde managed to hit the green, while Haylock missed to leave herself away and next to play. She then hit the defining shot of the tournament and chipped in for birdie in front of an appreciative crowd following the playoff. Plourde had a long putt for birdie but missed, and the tournament was decided in Haylock’s favor.
Three players tied for third place at 241 on the difficult Augusta CC layout. Defending champion Jordan Laplume was joined by Rachel Smith and Kristin Kannegieser to round out the top five.
In addition to the overall title, the MWA is a flighted event and players from the rest of the field were honored for their solid play. Morghan Dutil won flight 2, Debbie Murphy won flight 3, and Joy Eon and Juliette Jones tied for the win in flight 4.
The MSGA would like to thank the staff and crew at Augusta CC for a great week of golf at the club, which served as a wonderful host for another MSGA championship event.