Leavitt’s Morghan Dutil, left, and Ruby Haylock tied for first in the schoolgirl state golf championship on Saturday at Natanis Golf Club in Vassalboro. Kennebec Journal photo by Joe Phelan Buy this Photo

Ruby Haylock struck her approach shot to three feet on No. 9, her 18th hole of the tournament, for a birdie putt opportunity to clinch the MPA girls golf individual state championship outright on Saturday at the Arrowhead Course of Natanis Golf Club in Vassalboro.

She then missed one of the biggest putts of her life, and, as expected, a wide range of emotions filled the sophomore from Leavitt, starting with frustration that her putting let her down, not only on the final hole, but throughout the round.

Leavitt’s Ruby Haylock tied for first in the girls state championships Saturday at Natanis Golf Club in Vassalboro. Kennebec Journal photo by Joe Phelan Buy this Photo

Through the frustration came happiness, as she was still walked out as a co-state champion — and she wasn’t sharing the title with just anyone, either, but her teammate Morghan Dutil.

“At first I was a little disappointed, I didn’t know if we were going to have a playoff match after that or if we were co-champions,” Haylock said. “A few coaches that were around were saying we were co-champions.

“I was thrilled because I get to share that with my best friend and my teammate. That’s exciting and I was really proud of her, too, because that was her best round ever.”

Dutil, a sophomore, and Haylock each shot a 75, which was 3-over par on the 4,941-yard layout from the ladies tees on Arrowhead.

Dutil was able to walk across the street from the scoring tent to the ninth green to watch Haylock finish her round. It was also hard for Dutil to watch her teammate miss that putt.

“It was exciting. I was really (going to be) happy for her if she made that putt,” Dutil said. “I would have loved that for her, but it was also like I wanted to win really bad too. It was kind of bittersweet. I am sure she was disappointed in herself, but when she heard what I shot, she was really excited and happy for me, that was nice.”

Dutil, who started on hole No. 11, had a great start to her round.

Leavitt’s Morgan Dutil tied for first in the girls state championships Saturday at Natanis Golf Club in Vassalboro. Kennebec Journal photo by Joe Phelan Buy this Photo

“After about nine holes, I was even (par) and I was like, ‘Might as well keep this up’, because I realized everything was working out,” Dutil said. “I really wanted to make the best of it.”

Dutil had two birdies on the afternoon.

A key for Dutil was that she had no idea what Haylock was doing out on the course.

Haylock had to make up a three-shot deficit after shooting a 40 on the back nine — her first nine holes of the day.

“I didn’t expect (Dutil) to play that well, and I was like, ‘Wow, that’s just impressive,’” Haylock chuckled. “She had a really strong (opening) nine and was (even par) through (the 18th hole). I think I was 4-over and I knew I had pick it up on (my) back nine and I had to make some birdies.”

Haylock made two birdies on the course’s front nine, and had three on the afternoon.

Leavitt’s Ruby Haylock tied for first in girls state golf championships on Saturday October 12, 2019, at Natanis Golf Club in Vassalboro. Kennebec Journal photo by Joe Phelan Buy this Photo

Both players enjoy playing Arrowhead’s opening nine holes.

“Her and I definitely thrive on the front nine on that course,” Haylock said. “We know we have certain birdie holes and there’s a lot of opportunities for us to do well. If you make a mistake on that course, you can make a comeback on the next hole. I think that’s why she does so well on it, there’s room for mistakes, but there’s ways to make up for it on future holes.”

VASSALBORO, ME – OCTOBER 12: Leavitt’s Morgan Dutil tied for first in girls state golf championships on Saturday October 12, 2019 at Natanis Golf Club in Vassalboro. (Staff photo by Joe Phelan/Staff Photographer) Kennebec Journal photo by Joe Ph Buy this Photo


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