July 21, 2013

Golf: Top women amateurs ready for state tourney

By Tom Chard

Emily Bouchard of Saco will seek her third straight Maine Women's Amateur championship beginning July 29 at the Brunswick Golf Club. The tournament is 54 holes.

Bouchard, 23, has won the last two state amateurs by eight shots -- two years ago at Penobscot Valley in Orono and last year at Augusta.

Two weeks ago Bouchard finished fifth in the New England Amateur at the Renaissance Club in Haverhill, Mass. She shot rounds of 74-79-73-226.

"I feel my game is coming around," said Bouchard, who works for the Maine State Golf Association as the director of junior and senior golf. "I'm looking forward to the tournament."

In her two state amateur wins, Bouchard has won in contrasting styles, but both with plenty of room to spare.

Two years in Orono she started hot, then cooled off. She opened with a 66, then went 78-80. At Augusta last year, Bouchard struggled with an 85 in the first round but came back with 77-71.

"I'm hoping for more consistency," she said.

Other possible challenges could come from former champs Lori Frost, Kristen Kannegeiser and Pennie Cummings. Also entered are Leslie Guenther, Mary Brandes, Laurie Hyndman and a junior player, Monica Austin.

Bouchard hasn't played Brunswick but expects to have a practice round this week. She has found that playing less golf actually helps her game.

"I do hit a lot of practice balls and with my job I'm thinking golf 24/7," said Bouchard.

"We're excited to host the Maine Women's Amateur," said Barbara Rondeau, a Brunswick member. "The course is in great shape and should provide a worthy challenge for our top golfers."

The nines will be reversed for the tournament, so the par-5 ninth hole with its dramatic shot across water to a sloping green will provide a strong finish for spectators around the green and on the cluhouse porch.

SHAWN WARREN, an assistant pro at Nonesuch River in Scarborough, continued his strong summer by winning his first State of Maine Championship last week at Sugarloaf Golf Club in Carrabassett Valley. Warren shot rounds of 69-71-140 to win by three shots over Jeff Seavey of the Samoset Resort. Warren finished the tournament at 4 under while Seavey was 1 under. They were the only players to break par.

David Grygiel of Tee N' Tee Golfland took third place after a final-round 75 put him 4 over for the tournament. Jerry DiPhilippo of Portland Country Club was fourth at 5 over and defending champion John Hickson of Dick's Sporting Goods was alone in fifth at 7 over par for the tournament.

Michael Nowak followed his first-round 75 with a final-round 77 to secure sixth place overall and take home low amateur honors. The tournament is an annual 36-hole medal play competition that matches Maine's top professionals and amateurs.

Sugarloaf has hosted the tournament for the past 10 years and 18 of the past 20 years.

TEE TO GREEN: Tim Angis, Dick Browne and Harry C. Webber will be inducted into the Maine Golf Hall of Fame on Sept. 12 at the Poland Spring Golf Club in Poland Spring. There will be an 18-hole tournament followed by a reception and induction banquet.

Angis is the longtime head golf professional at Biddeford-Saco Country Club. He is a seven-time NEPGA Maine chapter champion. Angis played in the 1980 U.S. Amateur and the 1993 PGA Championship, and played three seasons on the Nike Tour.

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