BANGOR – The weather in Bangor this week continues to be a looming cloud over the Maine Women’s Amateur, but the three at the top of the leader board continue to play well despite the conditions.
After the first round on Monday, the course played slow after overnight rain. The competitors were eager for the Championship Course at Bangor Municipal to dry out for round two.
But the late groups played under dark clouds Tuesday afternoon and the leaders were pulled off the course on the fourteenth hole.
“I think it was fine because it didn’t rain very much. The course was exactly the same when we got back,” said Kristin Kannegiser of Portland.
The 45-minute delay was the only hiccup in the proceedings, as round one leader Bailey Plourde looked to extend her lead over the field.
The Centre College graduate scored a birdie on the fourth hole and was set to make the turn at one-under – until she recorded two double bogeys to close out the front nine.
“I just had to forget about it. I mean like I said it was only two shots, it wasn’t like I wasn’t striking the ball well, it was just two off shots and that’s going to happen. I just had to forget about it and move on, I was confident…” said Plourde.
Plourde shook the bad shots off and shot a two-under front nine, for a one-over 72 in round two; benefitting from long drives and good putting.
“Not as consistent as yesterday. I didn’t three-putt today, which felt good, I felt my putting was a lot better. I just had two off shots that cost me on the front but overall, I was feeling good,” said Plourde
Kannegieser solidified her place behind Plourde Tuesday, after finishing the first round in second place.
She offset her six bogeys with three birdies and finds herself five shots off the lead before the final 18 holes. Kannegieser has found her lane playing solo at her own pace.
“People always ask ‘why don’t you have a caddy?’ ‘why isn’t [your son] Will here?’ “Why isn’t your husband here?’, and it takes me out of my game,” said Kannegieser.
Kannegieser, Plourde, and Ruby Haylock, in third place at eight-over, have been forced to move up their third-round tee times on Wednesday from around noon to 7 a.m. in an effort to try and beat the rain, which is forecasted to hit Bangor all day.
“That’s not the best news I’ve ever heard, I’m not a morning person (laughs) I don’t know, just got to get to bed a little earlier I guess,” said Plourde.
“I have to go home and stretch and- I feel like Tiger Woods, I have to stretch before I play, so I’ll be up early tomorrow morning getting my body ready to go,” said Kannegieser.
“I felt more confident going into the round yesterday at 8 a.m. so I hope that will maybe change things,” said Haylock.
The three leaders will be the first group off for round three Wednesday morning. Tune in to ABC 7 and Fox 22 coverage of the championship round Wednesday evening.