Samoset's Plourde 14th in Women's Maine State Amateur Golf ChampionshipsPlourde fourth in the second flight of prestigious event
Brunswick — A junior golfer who plays out of the Samoset Resort Golf Club was in the mix for the overall and junior titles during the recently-concluded Women's Maine State Amateur Golf Championship.
Bailey Plourde, a 13-year-old who lives in Newcastle, was among a group within striking distance of the leaders after the first two days of competition, but she ended up 14th among 77 golfers in the prestigious event.
Plourde also finished fourth in the second flight.
After battling both seasoned veterans and junior newcomers for two days at Brunswick Golf Club, Emily Bouchard blazed through the front nine to establish herself as the one to beat. And no one did during the three-day, 54-hole tourney played Monday through Wednesday, July 29-31.
Bouchard, of Biddeford-Saco, shot 235 for the championship to earn the win.
Monica Austin (241), who had played remarkably consistent through the first two days, bested her first two days at 81 with a 79 to clinch the runner-up position — six strokes behind Bouchard. In addition, Austin was the lowest-scoring junior, taking home a second trophy as junior champion.
Plourde finished at 254 — 19 shots off the lead.
The young players challenged the veterans at every round, with the leaderboard jumping back and forth between the two groups as the three-day tournament played out. Lori Frost took third-place overall, followed by Kris Kannegieser, Liz Wiltshire, Laurie Hyndman, Mary Brandes, Liz Coffin and Cecily Whiting — veterans all — to round out the top 10.
Plourde, who also has played well this summer in Mid-Coast Junior Golf Association weekend tournaments, shot 83 in the second round and sat in sixth, eight strokes behind the leader, after 36 holes.
Plourde, who will be a freshman at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle in the coming weeks, works with Samoset Resort Golf Pro Gary Soule, who has more than 25 years of teaching experience. In a sign of her love for the game, she also volunteered at the United States Women's Open in June in Southampton, N.Y. and has participated in a clinic with Ladies Professional Golf Association touring pro Paula Creamer.
Other area golfers also participated in the prestigious annual tourney. The scores from all three rounds rounds for Midcoast golfers, and their club affiliation, included:
Bailey Plourde, Samoset 82-83-89—254 (fourth in Flight 2)
Nancy Carlson, Rockland, 93-97-96—286 (tied for 18th in Flight 2)
Jean Brown, Rockland, 99-96-102—297 (6th in Flight 4)
Birdie Pearse, Goose River, 104-97-103—304 (18th in Flight 3)
Sue Wootton, Rockland, 105-99-105—309 (13th in Flight 4)
For more information, go online to wmsga.org.
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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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