Sunday, March 9, 2014
BRUNSWICK — Emily Bouchard of Saco won her second straight Maine Women's Amateur golf championship – and third state title in a row – Wednesday afternoon by shooting a 78 for a three-day total of 235.
In this July 30, 2013 file photo, Emily Bouchard watches a drive during the second round of the Maine Women's Amateur golf tournament. Bouchard cruised to a six-shot victory Wednesday afternoon at Brunswick Country Club, her second straight Maine Women's Amateur title.
John Ewing / Staff Photographer
She won the title by six strokes over teenager Monica Austin of Yarmouth, who had her best round of the tournament with a 79 to finish with a 241.
Lori Frost of Bangor was third at 242 after shooting an 83 in the final round.
“It feels really good,'' said Bouchard, who plays out of the Biddeford-Saco Country Club. “I feel like I wanted it more today than I did in the past. I don't know why, but I feel like I wanted it a lot.''
Bouchard had a two-stroke lead over Frost entering the final round of the three-day tournament.
She slowly extended it on the front nine, opening a six-stroke lead at the turn.
Frost cut it to four when she parred the first two holes on the backside while Bouchard bogeyed them.
But Frost had a double-bogey on the 13th hole, while Bouchard had a par. That made the lead six again and Bouchard later pushed it to eight strokes for her biggest margin.
Austin, 17, will be a senior at Yarmouth High this fall.
“I was just hoping to be in the top 10,'' she said. “I hit the ball well off the tee today. That's what it came down for me.''
This story will be updated.