Strong, consistent golf has been a huge factor in Staci Creech’s championship run at the Maine Women’s Amateur the last three years.
The wife of the University of Maine athletic director clinched a three-peat utilizing those traits at Martindale Country Club in Auburn on Wednesday.
Creech, who lives in Veazie and plays out of Bangor Municipal Golf Course, posted a 3-over-par 74 on Wednesday to best Bailey Plourde of Newcastle by five shots.
Plourde, a Lincoln Academy graduate who plays out of Samoset Resort, was also the runner-up a year ago.
Creech finished with a three-day total of 4-over-par 217 while the 17-year-old Plourde carded a 222 to finish 9 over for the event.
Plourde was among four junior players to finish in the top five. She was joined by Jordan Laplume (230), who wound up third, her best career finish in the tournament. Elizabeth Lacognata (232) and Erin Holmes (237) rounded out the top five in the field of 70 golfers.
Creech held a three-stroke advantage after the first two rounds and was able to extend it despite shooting her highest score of the tournament.
She completed the first nine holes at 2 over on Wednesday, bogeying Nos. 3 and 9. Plourde actually lost ground by going out in 38 with bogeys on Nos. 1, 3, and 6.
Both players went on to bogey both the 12th and 13th holes, but Creech responded with a birdie on No. 14 to end the suspense while Plourde parred out.
Creech’s 72-hole round included five birdies, 58 pars and nine bogeys. Meanwhile, Plourde posted four birdies (none over the last 35 holes) to go with 55 pars and 13 bogeys.