ROCKLAND — They descended on the beautiful, green-laden golf course like a swarm of bees attracted to pollen, but instead of producing sweet-tasting honey, the young student-athletes created memorable shots and friendships on the links.

They came from the far reaching of the Midcoast, with their clubs, balls, bags, swings and smiles. And, on a glorious day, dozens of Busline League middle school athletes enjoyed a few hours of drives, chips, iron shots and putts on the manicured Rockland Golf Course.

Camden-Rockport’s Evan Kimble. Photo by Ken Waltz

On Wednesday, Oct. 13, Oceanside of Thomaston hosted Camden-Rockport, Troy Howard of Belfast and Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta in Busline League play.

And while every shot did not go in the desired direction or required distance — and many putts did not find the bottom of the cup after the first or even fourth attempt — that did not stop the young golfers, their caddies (friends and family) or cheering, clapping fans from having fun in the sun.

None of the golfers were able to finish the entire front nine holes at Rockland due to the fact the sun sets much earlier at this point of the fall. However, they still had fun taking swings, whether off the tee, from the fairway or even behind a tree or two.

There were a handful of middle school golf meets this fall for the youngsters at various courses, including Megunticook Golf Club in Rockport and Wawenock Golf Club in Walpole, but most of the teams simply practiced at their home courses as that level of school sports look to slowly recover from the still present pandemic.

Oceanside’s Ethan Yanik. Photo by Ken Waltz

Troy Howard’s Colby Bernosky. Photo by Ken Waltz

Camden-Rockport’s Garrett Hall. Photo by Ken Waltz

Great Salt Bay’s Amelia Starbird. Photo by Ken Waltz

Oceanside’s Griffin Williamson. Photo by Ken Waltz

Camden-Rockport’s Lila Dailey. Photo by Ken Waltz