ORONO — Defending champion Staci Creech of Veazie will take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Maine Women’s Amateur golf championship Wednesday.

Creech, 43, shot a 2-under 71 on Tuesday at the Penobscot Valley Country Club to finish the second round of the three-day tournament at 6 under.

Bailey Plourde, 16, of Newcastle, is in second place at 3 under. Plourde shot a 1-over 74 after starting the day in a first-place tie with Creech.

They are the only two golfers under par after two rounds. Lori Frost is in third place at 6 over. Sarah Hansen and Kristin Kannegieser are tied for fourth at 11 over.

Creech, who was the only golfer to shoot under par Tuesday, had three birdies and a bogey.

Plourde, who won the Maine junior championship last week, had three birdies and two bogeys, and also had a double-bogey on the fifth hole.

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