ROCKPORT — It was a competitive gathering for young, talented golfers on Monday, Oct. 3 in the Busline League middle school championship event at Goose River Golf Course as only a point or two separated the student-students.

In the end, Troy Howard Middle School of Belfast emerged as champions over runner-up Camden-Rockport Middle School.

Troy Howard Middle School golf team members at the Busline League championship tournament on Oct. 3 at Goose River Golf Club in Rockport. Photo courtesy of Michael Savage

The young Lions finished first at 16.5 points, while the Schooners placed second at 15. Oceanside of Thomaston and Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta finished tied for third at 11.

The standouts in the nine-hole championship round for Troy Howard were Finn Holmes, Tucker Marden and Brody Balicki, said THMS coach Michael Savage.

The Lions include Jason Thurston, Finn Holmes, Cole Gerrish, Brody Balicki, Gabe Warren, Tucker Marden, Sarah Allen, Kate Lancaster, Thatcher Otis, Colby Bernosky, Rhys Greeley, Brady Winslow, Cole Mailloux and Avery Gobin.

Oceanside Middle School’s Felix Clines chips onto the 11th green on Sept. 20 at the Rockland Golf Club. Photo by Ken Waltz

At Rockland Golf Course on Tuesday, Sept. 20, in an earlier event, it was cold and blustery, certainly not ideal weather conditions to hit a small, dimpled ball around outdoors, but none of that dimmed the smiles and positive attitudes of the young golfers who drove, chipped and putted on Tuesday, Sept. 20 in a middle school event at the Rockland Golf Course.

Oceanside of Thomaston, Camden-Rockport Middle School, Troy Howard Middle School and Great Salt Bay were represented by cold, but happy student-athletes at the tourney.

Camden-Rockport’s Lila Dailey pulls the headcover off her driver. Photo by Ken Waltz

The young golfers met a handful of times this fall in tourneys to hone their skills and play competitive matches with others.

The event’s format usually has the top golfers from each school square off in head-to-head matches, while they record their individual scores on each hole. The less-experienced golfers from a school combine in a scramble format.

In all, it gets youngsters on the course and back in the swing of things — even under difficult conditions.