June 20, 2018
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Defending champ regains composure, captures second straight Maine Women’s Amateur title

Daryn Slover | Sun Journal
Daryn Slover | Sun Journal
Emily Bouchard of Saco blasts out of the sand trap on the 10th hole during the final round of the Maine Women's Amateur golf championship at the Brunswick Golf Club on Wednesday.
By Kalle Oakes, Sun Journal

BRUNSWICK — Emily Bouchard of Saco survived an eventful round and outlasted a pair of worthy challengers Wednesday to successfully defend her title in the Maine Women’s Amateur golf tournament at Brunswick Golf Club.

Bouchard, 23, shot 4-over 78 for a 54-hole total of 235, six shots ahead of 17-year-old Monica Austin of Yarmouth and seven in front of Calais veteran Lori Frost.

The champion’s round included four birdies, five bogeys and a bizarre triple bogey three holes from the finish.

Her 4-iron off the tee shanked far right and struck a tree before hitting spectator Bob Bazinet, a longtime friend of her family, on the left shoulder.

Although Bazinet was only momentarily stunned and cracked jokes about the close call almost immediately, it took Bouchard a while to collect herself. She later needed two shots to escape a greenside bunker before putting out for a seven.

But she got a par on the 17th, and with a gallery of several hundred watching from an observation deck, she birdied the picturesque, two-tiered 18th to finish in style.

Austin, who is a protege of Bouchard’s through the state junior program, shot 79 in the final round for a total of 241.

Frost had a triple bogey one hole before Bouchard and stumbled down the stretch to an 83.

First-round leader Kris Kannegieser matched her opening-day 79 and was fourth at 243.

Bouchard also was victorious a year ago, when the Southern Maine Women’s Golf Association and the Women’s Maine State Golf Association consolidated their championships for the first time.

She won the WMSGA title in 2011.

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