Newcastle’s Bailey Plourde survived back-to-back double bogeys on the seventh and eighth holes and a rain delay to shoot a 1-over par 72 to take a six-shot lead into Wednesday’s final round of the Maine Women’s Amateur Golf Tournament at the Bangor Municipal Golf Course on Tuesday.
The 20-year-old Plourde, who shot an even-par 71 on Monday, is at 143. She was the 2018 Maine Women’s Amateur champion.
She had birdies on the fourth, 15th and 18th holes to offset the double bogeys.
Minot’s Kristin Kannegieser shot her second straight 74 for a 148 and defending champ Ruby Haylock of Hartford was third after a 75 to match her first-round score for a 150.
The 58-year-old Kannegieser, the 2006 and 2010 winner, had six bogeys and three birdies on her round and the 16-year-old Haylock had a double bogey on 17 to go with five bogeys and three birdies.
Play was interrupted by thunder and lightning and, with impending weather concerns for Wednesday’s final round, the three leaders will tee off at 7 a.m. instead of in the final group at noon, which is the norm.
Katy Heskett of the Purpoodock Club in Cape Elizabeth was fourth at 155 after a 79 on Tuesday. Leslie Guenther of the Mingo Springs Golf Course in Rangeley, the 2014 winner, is at 80-77-157 and Rachel Smith of the Val Halla Golf Course in Cumberland Center posted a 78 following an 80 on Monday for a 158.
Carrie Langevin of the Augusta Country Club and Maria Cianchette of the Woodlands Country Club in Falmouth are at 159.
Plourde was satisfied with her round.
“I feel good. My ball striking was good. I had two off-shots and they cost me,” said the Centre College (Kentucky) graduate who will play at Berry College in Georgia this coming season as she pursues a master’s degree.
Plourde left the course with Kannegieser and Haylock on the 14th hole due to the weather before returning and finishing the round.
“Her putting was pretty good today. She was able to get on the green and two-putt or do whatever she needed to do to get a par or a birdie,” Haylock said.
Haylock, who will be a senior at Leavitt High School in Turner this fall, got off to a poor start with bogeys on the first two holes “but I finally got untracked for the rest of the round until the rain delay. I was two over [for the round] when we got sent in [for the rain].
“But I screwed up on 17 [with a double bogey]. I four-putted. I hit one putt way too soft and another way too hard,” Haylock said.
Kannegieser said she had an “up and down” round.
“I had flashes of brilliance. I had some really good shots and some not-so-great shots, mostly on the greens,” Kannegieser said. “I found the greens a little tough. The putts don’t break as much as you see. And with this rain, [the putts] were a little slow getting to the hole.
The highlight of her round was a 45-foot putt for birdie on the par-three 16th hole.
“I had a lot of two-putts today and no three-putts, which was good,” said Plourde, who lost to Haylock on the first playoff hole in last year’s Maine Amateur. “I feel good. Two bad shots cost me. But my ball striking was good.”