BANGOR – The top women’s golfers in the state made their way to Bangor on Monday with championship aspirations.
A steady rain Sunday and overnight Monday changed the conditions for the 73 golfers that qualified for the Maine Women’s Amateur Championship.
Soft greens and slow fairways became the standard for the day.
“I was expecting a lot of roll, and today everything would just kind of stick in the fairway,” said 2020 champion Ruby Haylock.
In 2020, it was a chip in off the green on a playoff hole that vaulted then 15-year old Ruby Haylock past Lincoln Academy graduate Bailey Plourde for Haylock’s first championship.
Plourde, Haylock, and 2019 champ Jordan Laplume led things off on the tee sheet on Monday morning, and the leader board.
“I like to stay competitive within my group. It’s kind of hard when you’re playing with friends, but playing with great players keeps you even better,” said Plourde.
Laplume struggled in round one, finishing the day at 13-over.
Haylock posted three bogeys on the front nine, and one on eleven, before settling in to play par golf for the final six holes; finishing the first round in third at four over par.
“I’d like to get my irons a little straighter but other than that, I’m happy with how it went…I had my friend Wyatt Folsom on the bag today and it was awesome, we have so much fun together,” said Haylock.
Coming off a sixth-place team finish at the NCAA DIII Women’s Golf National Championship with Centre College, Plourde posted the only even par round of the day
She sealed a 71 on the scorecard with a birdie on 18.
“I’ve been practicing a lot back in Kentucky, so I was just really confident coming in to today. The front nine, my putting wasn’t great, but I kind of adjusted on the back nine and I felt really good…I had a pretty good round and it shows, just trying to hopefully do the same thing tomorrow,” said Plourde.
2021 Maine Women’s Amateur – Round One Scores
1. Bailey Plourde (Sheepscot Links Golf Club) E
2. Kristin Kannegieser (Portland Country Club) +3
3. Ruby Haylock (Turner Highlands Country Club) +4
4. Katy Heskett (Purpoodock Club) +5
T5. Liz Cianchette (Woodlands Club) +8
T5. Liz Coffin (Bangor Women’s Golf Club) +8
Plourde, Haylock, and Laplume have proven themselves as three of the top golfers in the state in the past few years. Despite the competition, they make the rounds they play together enjoyable for one another.
“We always have fun together, I love Jordan and I love Bailey. We always come out and make things fun, and competitive…,”said Haylock.
“I don’t know how many times I’ve played with them. They’re so much fun to play with. I grew up with Jordan, ruby was a few years behind us…,” said Plourde.
Haylock and Plourde will tee off with Kristin Kannegieser for round two at 11:50 a.m. on Tuesday. Laplume, playing with Micki Meggison and Danielle Rock, will tee off at 11 a.m.