The most talented high school golfers in Maine teed off on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Natanis Golf Courses for an opportunity to hole state titles.

When the final swings and putts had been taken, a girl who plays at the Samoset held a piece of a state crown, while an Oceanside golfer finished one stroke from tying for the title and Camden-Rockport and Mount View student-athletes finished third and fourth, respectively.

Golfers qualified for the schoolboy or schoolgirl individual tournaments from their recent league qualifers.

At Natanis Saturday, Bailey Plourde, a Lincoln Academy of Newcastle freshman and member of the Samoset Resort Golf Club in Rockport, finished tied for first, with Presque Isle's Jenna Hallett, in the girls state competition. Both golfers shot 76 for 18 holes.

The girls tourney was not broken into different classes as was the boys event.

Additionally, Searsport's Rica Warren shot 95 to finish eighth and Mount View's Cassidy Gerrish 112 for 20th.

Twenty-six girls competed in the event.

Plourde also won the Mid-Coast Junior Golf Association title during the summer.

In the boys state Class A competition Saturday, Oceanside's Nick Mazurek, a sophomore, finished one stroke shy of tying for the state crown. He shot 76 for 18 holes, to tie Brunswick's Derek Devereaux for second.

“He played fantastic,” said Oceanside coach Keenan Flanagan of Mazurek. “He birdied two of the first three holes, had two double-bogeys on the front nine and shot a 40. Last seven holes he had seven birdie putts in a row within 15 feet and didn't make one of them. But he played very, very well. Runner-up in Class A is a pretty big deal, especially for a sophomore. He improved all year, he's dedicated and he's got the head to play the game."

Coach Flanagan added that, “Psychologically, he's above everyone else around here.”

“From the shoulders up he's got a notch up on a lot of kids,” the coach said. “He was disappointed in himself but I think after it settled in the next day he was pretty proud of himself. The kid's a leader.”

Oxford Hills' Chris Letourneau and Cheverus' Chris Billings tied for the state title with 75s.

Oceanside's Reilly Flanagan finished 13th with 87.

There were 20 golfers in the field.

In the boys state Class B competition, Camden Hills' Daulton Wickenden tied for third and Mount View's Erik Larrabee tied for fourth among the 22 golfers. Wickenden and Cape Elizabeth's Reese McFarland shot 75 for 18 holes to tie for third, while Larrabee and Maine Central Institute's Gavin Dugas tied for fourth with 78s.

Maranacook's Luke Ruffing won the state crown in the division with an impressive round of 71.

Also in Class B, Camden Hills' Julian Starbird tied with Hermon's Liam Porter for 11th with 85, while Windjammers Drew Long and Jared Garske tied for 20th with 96s.

The Windjammers also won league and state titles this season.

Windjammer coach Mark Wallace conceded there "was a bit of a letdown" after winning the state team crown the previous weekend, though "the boys ended the day with smiles on their faces."

"I think that I could have done a better job preparing them for the individuals during the week leading up," he said. "We were so excited about the team winning that we lost sight of the individual tournament. We stayed a little too loose on the course during the week. There were some issues that we should have been working on but cruised through the week focusing on fun on the course and celebrating a fine team championship."

Wickenden was up on Ruffing early in the competition, but the Maranacook golfer fired four birdies in a row to wrap up the front nine holes.

Both golfers were even with four holes to go, but Wickenden bogeyed one hole and Ruffing shot par the rest of the way to claim the crown.

"All in all it was a good day and [Wickenden] met his goal of finishing in the top three, which should qualify him into the New Englands next June," said Wallace.

In the boys state Class C competition, Fort Fairfield's Robbie Watson bested a field of 33 with a winning score of 71 for 18 holes.