Camden Hills swings to KVAC Class B championshipSeven Midcoast golfers qualify for states, Mazurek cards best score in Class A
Vassalboro — It has been no secret that the Camden Hills Regional High School golf squad is one of the most talented in Class B, what with the Windjammers 12-0 regular-season mark and shooting a consistently low team score and always having a match's medalist.
The fact the Windjammers are real good, and a legitimate state title contender, was reaffirmed on Tuesday, Oct. 8 as Camden Hills and several other Midcoast squads took part in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A and B championship and state qualifier on Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro.
The Windjammers' top four golfers shot less than 82 for 18 holes and earned a combined stroke total of 313, which was plenty good enough for Camden Hills to claim the KVAC Class B title. It was the second straight conference title for Camden Hills.
Camden Hills bested second-place Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield (320) by seven strokes and those two teams will join Erskine Academy of South China (349), Maranacook of Readfield (357) and Lincoln Academy of Newcastle (360) as the five KVAC Class B qualifiers for the state Class B championship tournament.
Windjammer Daulton Wickenden shot 72 and was the second lowest scorer among KVAC Class B players, with Maranacook's Luke Ruffing shooting 68.
Camden Hills teammates Drew Long (79), Julian Starbird (80) and Jared Garske (82), along with Wickenden, qualified for the schoolboy individual championships, while Windjammers Drew Holt (85) and Quinn Holt (93) came up short.
The state team championships will be on Saturday, Oct. 12, while the state individual championships will be on Saturday, Oct. 19, both at Natanis.
Camden Hills coach Mark Wallace said it was a "great relief" to win as "the change in the regular-season schedule left us in the dark about a number of KVAC 'B' teams," including the Huskies, who also finished the regular season undefeated.
"I think that winning by seven shots over them validated [our] undefeated season and rightly placed Camden Hills ahead of the pack," Wallace said. "As far as the team states go this weekend it would be hard to deny that we will be a favorite to win it all. I am certainly proud of the boys for all they have done but there are still some wrinkles to iron out before we get there this weekend. Each of them will have to play hard and stay focused on the moment and not get ahead of themselves."
Wallace said Wickenden "managed to pull out a great round in very difficult, windy conditions," while Long, Starbird and Garske "had some great holes, but more importantly, they held it together despite some individual struggles."
While Wallace is merely "excited to be moving on," his team's maturity, despite their youth, has him confident going into this weekend's state championships.
"They have slowly made me a believer in their golfing maturity," the coach said. They have, despite their youth, learned to play smart and not let others' game dictate what they do on the golf course. They make a game plan before going out and stick to it. They do not push to make things happen but are extraordinary in capitalizing on opportunities. They stay patient. That is hard for any level of golfer at any age."
Belfast (418) and Medomak Valley (436) did not qualify for the states, while Mount View of Thorndike had only three golfers and thus could not score as a team. However, Mustang Erik Larrabee tied MCI's Gavin Dugas for the third-lowest score among KVAC Class B golfers and, thus, also qualified for the schoolboy championships.
In KVAC Class A, Oxford Hills of South Paris (330) nabbed the team conference championship and qualified for the upcoming state championships, as did Bangor (333), Brunswick (348), Skowhegan (349) and Edward Little of Auburn (351).
Oceanside shot 369 and did not qualify for the team championship, though Nick Mazurek (75) and Reilly Flanagan (79) qualified for the individual state schoolboy individual championships. Mazurek's 75 was tops among KVAC Class A golfers.
The following are the scores for the Midcoast teams:
Belfast (Class B) — Alex Fritz 88, Logan Mitchell 109, Grant Starrett 102, Doyle Bailey 119, Peter Brunette 135 and Josh Adams 123.
Camden Hills (Class B) — Wickenden 72, Long 79, Starbird 80, Drew Holt 85, Garske 82 and Quinn Holt 93. Wickenden, Long, Starbird and Garske qualified for the schoolboy individual championships.
Medomak Valley (Class B) — Adam Wilcox 128, Tyler Emerson 112, Aaron Smeltzer 108, Cam Allaire 104 and J.P. Lobley 113.
Mount View (Class B) — Larrabee 74, Ross Delorenzo 104 and Wes Turner 97. Larrabee qualified for the schoolboy individual championships.
Oceanside (Class A) — Mazurek 75, Flanagan 79, Anthony Dayboch 109, Griffin Lombardo disqualified, Riley Sprague 108 and Nathan Hersom 107. Mazurek and Flanagan qualified for the schoolboy individual championships.
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