This fall has been a strong one on the golf course for Searsport’s Alex Carroll.

Carroll, a junior at Searsport District High School, competed in the state high school individual golf championships Oct. 15 at Natanis Golf Course in Vasssalboro and earned a top-10 finish, shooting an 82 for 18 holes to finish in a three-way tie for ninth.

Carroll qualified for the event on his performance at the Penobscot Valley Conference championships Sept. 29 at Jato Highlands Golf Course in Lincoln, where he shot 85 through 18 holes.

Conditions were less than ideal for the Oct. 15 event, which saw both high winds and a particularly damp course overall from the days previous rain, according to Viking volunteer coach Gerry French, who works closely with Searsport head coach Steve Tupper.

French felt Carroll was “a little bit nervous at the start because he’d never played [at Natanis] before or been up against that kind of competition,” but the junior rallied after a tough start and finished strong.

“After he calmed down a little bit and played his game, he really excelled,” said French. “It was a pleasure to watch him. He hit one drive right into the wind about 300 yards straight down the fairway.”

“We’re really proud of the way he’s come on.”

French said Carroll thrives hitting the ball off the tee and off the fairway, while his short game is “not as strong as the other two parts.”

Carroll was one of Searsport’s most consistent golfers this season, averaging 42.4 through seven regular-season, nine-hole matches. Carroll also was the medalist, for the low overall score, in three of the team’s seven matches.

Madison’s Seth Sweet shot 70 and won the state Class C individual title for the second straight season.

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