BANGOR – As the sun rose over Bangor Municipal on Wednesday morning, the top three players in the Maine Women’s Amateur were all en route to their third-round tee times, where two-day leader Bailey Plourde looked to capture her second win in the event.
7 a.m. Wednesday morning. The sun freshly risen behind low hanging grey clouds above Bangor.
While the ducks along hole one at the Championship Course at the Bangor Municipal Golf Course started their day, the top three golfers in this year’s Maine Women’s Amateur Championship opened their final 18 as the first group of the day instead of the last; trying to beat a rain that would not come until that night.
“Honestly it was kind of tough (laughs) I set a few alarms to make sure I got out of bed…,” said Bailey Plourde.
“I got to the course 20 minutes before my tee time, so I went out to the range and hit a few balls and called it good,” said Ruby Haylock.
First place was all but cemented before the first ball flew off the tee in round three, but second place was still up for grabs.
Consistency was the key for 16-year old Leavitt standout Ruby Haylock, shooting a seventy-five in each of all three rounds. Haylock overtook Portland’s Kristin Kannegieser as runner-up, a year after winning the tournament for the first time.
“Definitely it’s on my mind, but I like to focus on having fun and having a good experience, and I’m happy that bailey won too,” said Haylock.
Lincoln academy graduate Bailey Plourde led by as many as ten shots during her final round, until two errant tee shots on the eighteenth hole forced a triple bogey to close out the scorecard
The ending? Not quite storybook. But the reward was just as fulfilling, as Plourde won her second Maine Women’s Amateur Championship.
“I felt really good about how the week went. Not the finish I was looking for, but I felt good about the entire week, played really consistent, so very happy with how it went…,” said Plourde.
Plourde’s game has only grown since her first win in 2018; reaching NCAA Division III nationals with her Centre College team as a senior, and finishing twelfth at the New England Amateur earlier this summer.
But this win was special for a different reason. This was Plourde’s first amateur championship since the passing of her grandfather two years ago.
“The last three days I played for him, and I know I made him proud,” said Plourde, addressing the field after accepting her championship trophy.
Whether it’s family watching from the gallery, or from above, the Plourde family provided Bailey winning support all week long.
“They’re always here (laughs)…. it means a lot to have them come out and watch me at most of my tournaments that I play at, and having my boyfriend on the bag also is a big help…very thankful they can all be here,” said Plourde.
Plourde will begin play with Berry College in Georgia this fall, as she pursues a Masters in Business Administration.