Golf is not a sport one can play effectively when faced with cold, windy, wet conditions, but that is what a handful of Midcoast high school student-athletes were challenged with Saturday during the state schoolboy and schoolgirl individual championships on the Natanis Golf Courses.

Under difficult weather and course conditions, qualifying golfers from Belfast, Rockland, Camden Hills, Mount View, Medomak Valley and Georges Valley toiled on the links Saturday.

Eight local golfers qualified to participate in the season’s final high school event as seven competed in the state schoolboy individual championships and one participated in the state schoolgirl championships.

Local state qualifiers included Belfast’s Jamie Jackson and Stephen Simmons; Rockland’s Cameron Clement and Reilly Flanagan; Medomak Valley’s Zach Judkins; Camden Hills’ John Vannorsdall; Mount View’s Erik Larrabee; and Georges Valley’s Leah White.

While all the local coaches said the weather and course conditions played a major factor in their golfers’ inability to shoot their best scores for the 18 holes, at least one coach was disappointed the meet was not postponed.

“Conditions were brutal,” said Belfast coach Chip Lagerbom. “Some of the toughest conditions I have seen in 17 years as golf coach. Although Natanis [workers] did yeoman work in trying to get the course ready, it was a shame that the showcase for the best golfers to participate in the individuals championship for high school golf had to be played at that time and in those conditions.”

Rockland coach Keenan Flanagan said the two courses — Arrowhead and Tomahawk — had been saturated with three inches of rain the day before and officials gave golfers free relief from the bunkers that were filled with water.

“The weather was difficult, to say the least, but understandable considering the time of year,” said Camden Hills coach Mark Wallace. “The conditions were suspect at best but they did the best they could under the very difficult situation.”

Golfers who finished among the top 10 received medals. Class A and B golfers played the par-72 Tomahawk course, while Class C golfers toiled on the par-72 Arrowhead course.

The scores for the local golfers included:

Belfast — Jackson 82 (tied for fourth) and Simmons 88.

Rockland — Reilly Flanagan 83 (tied for 10th) and Clement 89. Coach Flanagan said his son, a freshman, played his best of the year, putting for birdies on 10 of the 18 holes.

Mount View — Larrabee 93. “Weather conditions were not good,” said Mustang coach Craig Tozier. “It was very windy and cold. The course was very wet from the tremendous amount of rain that we got on Friday and Saturday morning.”

Medomak Valley — Judkins 89. “Zach played well given the conditions of the day,” said Panther coach Peter Stuart. “[It was] very windy and cold. Starting on the 16th, he had three bogeys before going to the front nine. Starting the front nine, he setteled in and was plus-3 on the front going into the tough ninth hole. Unfortunately, he struggled a bit on the ninth hole and finished the front 9 at plus-7 (43). He ended the back nine at plus-10 (46) I’m very proud of him and the improvements that he made throughout the season, for qualifying for the tournament and for his solid play on Saturday.”

Camden Hills — Vannorsdall 85. Coach Wallace said, “John hit the ball very well (he hit all fairways off the tee), but struggled around the greens. The squishy surface made his chipping around the green very challenging, more often than not leaving him long par putts. Overall, John performed well.”

Georges Valley — Buccaneer coach Tim Hoppe said White was injured during play and could not continue on the back nine holes. He said the injury occurred on the 13th or 14th hole. Hoppe was not at the course that day, but said White told him it was slick, wet, cold and windy. She told her coach there was standing water on some greens and it was pouring rain when she teed off. “She slipped and fell backwards and landed on top of her bag, injuring her arm and her back,” he said, adding that she was not taken to a hospital, but could not continue her round.” Hoppe said White was averaging bogeys and double bogeys before she was injured.

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