BREAKING: Maine's Bailey Plourde is the leader after day one of the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championship being played in Houston, Texas.

Plourde, from Newcastle (Lincoln Academy), is a sophomore at Centre College in Kentucky. She is the reigning Maine Women's Amateur champion, winning the title at Rockland Golf Course last July.

The Centre College team did not make the NCAA field but Plourde received one of six at-large individual invitations to play at the national tournament. She earned First Team All-Southern Athletic Conference honors for a second straight year.

In her first round at the NCAAs, Plourde fired a 1-under par 71 to lead the national field. She was the only golfer to shoot under par. Plourde carded two birdies, one bogey and 15 pars and holds a two stroke lead.

Check out the leaderboard here   NCAA Division III Women's Leaderboard

NOTE: Plourde is a three-time Maine state high school golf champion and a three-time Maine Junior Golf champ....The NCAA Women's Championship continues through Friday.

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