Plourd honored with first lifelong WMSGA membershipOrganization also releases season-ending gross, net averages
Rockland — Helen Plourd has been a stalwart of women's golf in the Pine Tree State for six decades, respected for both her immense talent on the links and overall contributions to the game, and, for that, the Rockland native recently was honored by the Women's Maine State Golf Association.
At the WMSGA annual meeting, Plourd, a retired teacher, became the first member of that organization to receive a lifelong membership.
"I am so honored and humble to have accepted such an outstanding award," wrote Plourd in a letter to the association. "It really is not what I have done for WMSGA, but what WMSGA has done for me. When I was just 14 [years old], a myriad of older members took me under their wings, and respected my golfing ability. They took me to Tri-State and New Englands, and groomed me to be someone who would be a future officer of WMSGA.
"Never in my wildest reverie did I expect to be the handicapper, secretary, president-elect, president, Tri-State chair, NEWGA president, junior chair, budget chair, [and] serve on the grievance, rating and rules committees. I also chaired all of the big events. It was they who encouraged me to give back to WMSGA, and were the above reproach mentors.
Plourd, a lifelong member of the Rockland Golf Club and a member of the Maine Golf Hall of Fame and Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame (she is now president of that organization), said that for the past 60 years being a member of the WMSGA has been an "experience … that I will always cherish. The friendships among the women from Maine and New England will always be a bond that will be close to my heart forever."
Plourd thanked her husband and family "for allowing me to do what I have relished just as much as being an educator. Without their support and the prolonged respect that I have received from WMSGA's membership, I would never have been able to give back to WMSGA what they have given to me.
"Many thanks to you all, and I will continue to work and support our great organization as long as I am capable and wanted. This is truly an honor that means a lot to me. May you all stay healthy, enjoy the game of golf, and give back to WMSGA for duration of your lives. Hugs and more hugs for your faith in me and what WMSGA has done for me."
2013 season averages
A handful of Midcoast golfers also finished among the top 50 in gross and net averages during the recent MWSGA season:
The gross averages for local golfers were: 7, Plourd, RGC, 86.143; 16, Sue Wootton, RGC, 91.714; 18, Linda Pearse, Goose River, 92.857; 19, Donni Witham, RGC, 93.143; 21, Madolin Fogarty, RGC, 93.429; 27, Bobbi Andrus, RGC, 94.143; 31, Karen Higgins, Goose River, 96.00; 32, Gail Gleason, Samoset Resortt, 96.00; 43, Faith Vautour, Goose River, 98.857; and 47, Jean Brown, RGC, 99.714.
The net averages for local golfers were: 7, Vautour, 70.429; 13, Wootton, 71.0; 18, Young, 71.714; 21, Pearse, 72.0; 23, Andrus, 72.0; 24, Witham, 72.286; 27, Janice Ogier, RGC, 72.286; 38, Plourd, 73.857; and 42, Fogarty, 74.286.
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.
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