Maine Takes Second at Women's TriState
The 2021 women’s TriState battle at Rutland Country Club in Vermont proved more than a bit lopsided in favor of the home team. With a score of 180.5, Vermont outdistanced Maine by 44 points and New Hampshire by 93.5.
This year’s Maine team featured four juniors (Ruby and Jade Haylock, Morghan Dutil, and Lindsay Cote) and collegiate athlete Jordan LaPlume. The rest of the field included a few newcomers and a slew of returning veterans.
The setting was picturesque. A beautifully manicured Rutland Country Club offers hilly terrain with stunning views. A babbling brook that draws fly fishermen meanders through the property. An eagle and a mama doe and her tiny fawn made an appearance.
Vermont raced out to a big lead after the first day of alternate shot play, topping Maine by 27 points and New Hampshire by 36. Captain Birdie Pearse and her partner Sue Coffin captured a perfect 6 points on day one. They were followed by Jade Haylock and Vicki Lindquist with 5.5, Ruby Haylock and Morghan Dutil with 5, and Kathy-Rae Emmi and Joy Eon with 4.5.
On the second day of individual play, Maine fared better against Vermont but fell another 17 points behind. The struggling New Hampshire team was unable to help Maine cover the deficit. Four Maine players recorded perfect scores of 6: Jordan LaPlume, Jade Haylock, Sue Coffin, and Sherrie Thomas. Chipping in with scores of 5 or better were Mary Brandes (5.5) and Ruby Haylock, Kathi O’Grady, Morghan Dutil, and Laura Lipman (all with 5).
Also on day two, Sue Coffin pulled out her 5-rescue club and aced the 114-yard fifteenth hole. And she called it! When her fellow competitor from New Hampshire announced she had to go back to her cart, Sue chirped, “Okay, but you’re going to miss my hole in one.”
New Hampshire will host next year’s TriState contest at Campbell’s Scottish Highlands in Salem.