OAKLAND, Maine — Mark Plummer started the day with a birdie on the first hole to pull within one shot of leader Johnny Hayes at Waterville Country Club in the final round of the Maine Amateur Championship on Thursday.
That was as close as it got for the rest of the day.
"Yeah, I really put the fear of God in him, didn't I?" Plummer joked after he finished the round firmly in second place.
Hayes answered the birdie with three of his own, on two, three and four, to take control of the tournament, and he never relinquished the lead.
John Hayes IV, a former Maine Junior and Match Play champion, garnered the state's most coveted amateur golf prize, winning the 96th Maine Amateur Championship by a resounding five shots, finishing with a nine-under-par 201. His 67 was the lowest score of the final round.
Ricky Jones, playing in the group's second to last group, tied Andrew Slattery as the second low scores of the day at 68. Jones' finish gave him the third place finish at 211. Sam Grindle, who joined Plummer and Hayes in the final group, finished alone in fourth at 212 with his 73 today. Slattery, the defending champ, used his round to vault him up the leaderboard to eighth place.
When Hayes addressed the crowd, he thanked Waterville's tremendous volunteer crew, the club, the MSGA and acknowledged Plummer, whom he first met when Plummer played Tiger Woods at Newport Country Club in Rhode Island where his family has been members since his great grandfather was the pro there nearly a century ago.
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