Natanis Golf Club was the venue for the state high school individual golf championships Saturday with a multitude of student-athletes from across three classes vying for the distinction of state champion.

While many performances stuck out for Midcoast golfers who toil on links in Knox and Waldo counties, it was Camden Hills freshman Daulton Wickenden who finished just three shots off the lead in Class B, putting together the finest round of the eight local golfers who earned the right to compete for the coveted individual state crown.

Conditions were wet and windy, testing the young golfers.

Wickenden shot a 4-over par 76 for 18 holes Saturday, narrowly edging Belfast’s Jamie Jackson, who shot 77 and was a runner-up at the event as a sophomore. Lincoln Academy’s Oliver Malcolm shot a 1-over 73 to claim the state Class B crown.

Windjammer coach Mark Wallace was impressed with the freshman’s performance, despite Wickenden being a bit off his game on the dance floor.

“He hit the ball as good as I’ve seen him hit the ball,” said Wallace. “He just couldn’t make the putts. I think he had two three-putts and he missed a handful of 8-10 footers for birdie.”

In fact, despite his strong finish, Wickenden did not make a birdie all day.

“For him to play 18 holes at Natanis and not make a birdie all day and still shoot 76 and finish third is fantastic,” Wallace said. “I’ve never seen a kid with the golf sense that he has at such a young age.”

Deering’s Joe Walp and Sanford’s Ben Bell both shot 75s and were crowned co-champions in Class A, while Madison Seth Sweet shot a 2-under 70 to emerge victorious as the state Class C champ for the second straight season.

Other Midcoast qualifiers included Belfast’s Tim Sticht (82), Medomak Valley’s Adam Lynch (84), Mount View’s Erik Larrabee (85), Camden Hills’ John Vannorsdall (88) and Medomak Valley’s Alex Greenrose (90) in Class B.

In Class A, Oceanside’s Reilly Flanagan shot a 90, 15 shots off the lead. Last year, Flanagan shot 83 while playing for Class B Rockland.

“I didn’t play very well,” said Flanagan. “It was rough conditions. It was really wet and the wind was blowing 25 or 30 miles per hour most of the day.”

Flanagan said the field was “a little bit tougher” in Class A than it was in Class B last year, where he finished in the top 10.

Camden Hills’ Vannorsdall had trouble with his driver and was relegated to going off the tee with an iron all day, with coach Wallace stating, “He did what he had to do.”

“He took an iron off the tee and basically played for bogey on every par four,” the coach said. “Or maybe get up and down for a nice par. But for what John showed up with that day, he was as satisfied as he could be.”

Belfast coach Chip Lagerbom said both Jackson and Sticht had “decent” rounds and played well enough to each finish among the top 10 Saturday. He said that “It was also nice to see so many other KVAC Class B golfers do so well, [which is] a testament to the quality of golf competition in our league.”

Lincoln Academy’s Malcolm, who played in the KVAC this season, would have finished 1-under par had he not endured a two-stroke penalty for hitting the wrong ball. Malcolm hit a Titleist 3 ball that he later found was not his, assessing the penalty on himself.

“No one would have known that,” said Wallace. “He called that stroke on himself. It was the same Titleist 3, it just didn’t have the markings that his did.”

Lynch was one of Medomak Valley’s most consistent golfers this season, leading the Panthers to an impressive 8-2 regular-season record and nearly helped his squad qualify for the team championships. Both Lynch and Greenrose played well despite the lingering wet conditions on the course from the recent rain.

“It certainly was a great way for these two to end their high school careers by qualifying for the state individuals,” said Medomak Valley coach Peter Stuart. “Adam played really good golf over the last half of the season and went into Saturday with a lot of confidence and high expectations. Alex improved throughout the season and became a very steady and reliable player for us and was certainly deserving of his spot in Saturday’s tourney.”

Larrabee was the co-medalist at the KVAC Class B golf state qualifier Oct. 4 for Mount View and played well among the elements at the states for the second straight season. Last year, Larrabee shot 92, thus improving on last year’s performance by seven shots.

“I think he had a good day,” said Mount View coach Craig Tozier. “I’m very proud that he made [the states] for the second straight year. He shot a respectable score, he had a good showing and we’re looking forward to next year.”

Village NetMedia Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at mhaskell@villagesoup.com.