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Anderson, Plourde, Thompson, Dugas win individual golf titles

Successful title defenses were the rule of play Saturday at the Maine high school individual golf championships at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro.

Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln junior Logan Thompson overwhelmed the field to win his third straight Class C boys title, while senior Bailey Plourde of Lincoln Academy in Newcastle became a three-time girls state champion by tying with Erin Holmes of Greely of Cumberland Center for the top spot.

And Cole Anderson, a sophomore from Camden Hills of Rockport, won his second Class A state crown in as many years.

The only newcomer to the championship ranks was Class B winner Gavin Dugas, a senior from Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield — though older brother Eric Dugas won the same title in 2014.

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Thompson shot the low round of the day, a 5-under-par 67 on the Arrrowhead course, in winning the Class C title by eight strokes over runner-up Mitchell Tarrio of Kents Hill.

Thompson’s round came a week after he shot a 68 on the same course to lead Mattanawcook to the Class C team championship.

“I played similar to last week,” said Thompson, the reigning Maine junior champion. “I made a few longer putts this week, which kind of helped keep my round going, but it was pretty much the same as last week.”

Ben Tuttle of Hodgdon finished third among Class C golfers with a 79. Percy Zentz of George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill and Mason Corriveau of Dirigo of Dixfield tied for fourth at 81.

Anderson used his strength on the Tomahawk course’s longest holes to finish at 1-over-par 73 and edge Lucas Roop of Gorham by a single stroke to retain the Class A title.

The New England junior champion had an eagle and three birdies for a 5-under showing on the four par-5 holes to best Roop and third-place finishers Caleb Manuel of Mt. Ararat of Topsham, Tate Porter of Greely and Anthony Burnham of Scarborough, each of whom shot 2-over 75.

Anderson didn’t feel like he had a target on his back this season defending his title.

“We are all pretty good friends, it’s a friendly environment,” he said. “Sure, there’s a little added extra pressure as the defending champion, but not so much a target.”

Dugas’ 1-over-par 73 on Tomahawk was comfortably ahead of the rest of the field, with Tyler Worcester of Fryeburg Academy four shots back in second place.

Chris Kauppila of Old Town was third with a 78, followed by a three-way tie for fourth at 80 among Carter Pearl of MCI, Cole Daniel of Old Town and Ryan Collins of Cape Elizabeth.

In the girls competition, Holmes stood over her birdie putt on the ninth hole of the Arrowhead layout thinking it would enable her to finish one stroke behind Plourde, her playing partner who had just made birdie.

Holmes made the shot to halve the hole with Plourde, but she got even better news when they compared cards — she and Plourde were tied for the championship.

“I told her, ‘Nice job, Erin,’” Plourde said. “We have been a lot together the past few summers. I told her, ‘Nice job, you deserved it.’ She didn’t know we actually tied. We cried.”

Plourde and Holmes each finished at 1-over-par 73, with Plourde adding this year’s co-championship to her share of the 2013 title and the 2015 outright state crown when she bested the second-place Holmes by four strokes.

Jordan Laplume of Thornton Academy in Saco, who played with Holmes and Plourde on Saturday, finished third with a 77.

Plourde began the round slowly, playing her first five holes at 4 over, one stroke behind Holmes.

All four golfers in the group — Stephanie Rodrigue of Lewiston was also among them — were about even through five holes.

But things turned on the par-5 15th — the group’s sixth hole of the match — when Plourde made birdie while Holmes and Laplume parred the hole.

Plourde went on to birdie 17 after bogeying 16 and finished her opening nine with a 39.

“Things got a lot better when I made the turn,” said Plourde, who birdied the third, fourth and ninth holes on her back nine. “When I went to the first hole I had a different composure for some reason. I focused more.”

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