High school golf

Anderson shoots to third straight state crown; others excel on grandest golf stage

Anderson, Conlan, Sweet, Walker, Murphy, Stewart earn chance to compete in tourney
By Ken Waltz | Oct 15, 2017
Courtesy of: Steve Alex Scarborough's Anthony Burnham, left, and Camden Hills' Cole Anderson, state Class A golf co-champions for 2017.

Vassalboro — Six Midcoast high school golfers – four boys and two girls – played 18 holes on a crisp, colorful, early-fall day on Oct. 14 in an effort to realize state championship glory and, when all the swings ceased, one had found it – remarkably, for the third straight season.

Camden Hills junior Cole Anderson won his third consecutive state Class A individual title on Saturday when the most talented teenage golfers in the Pine Tree State converged on the Natanis Golf Course.

The tremendously talented Windjammer, who qualified to compete in the prestigious United States Amateur Championships in California over the summer, tied for the Class A title with Scarborough's Anthony Burnham on Saturday at Natanis.

Cape Elizabeth's Austin Legge won Class B, Mattanawcook Academy's Logan Thompson Class C and Cape Elizabeth's Elizabeth Lacognata for girls.

Besides Anderson, other Midcoast golfers who qualified to participate were Camden Hills' Sam Conlan in Class A, Medomak Valley's Brent Stewart and Carson Murphy in Class B and Belfast's Alexis Sweet and KrIstina Walker among the girls.

Anderson, who was medalist in every regular-season match (the Windjammers finished 12-0) as well as in the league championship shootout to lead Camden Hills to the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A title, finished at 2-under par 70 on Saturday to tie Burnham. Gorham's Lucas Roop was third at even-par 72.

"I played really well for my first seven holes and then felt like my swing lost itself a little," Anderson said. "I struggled to keep it together but managed a respectable score in the end that luckily was enough to share the title.

It's exciting to be a three-time state champion. You try and not focus on the streak aspect and just win one at a time, but in the back of your mind you obviously know what's going on.

"I'm excited to come back next year to try and win a team state championship with the boys and then see what we can do as individuals."

Conlan finished tied for 28th among 33 Class A golfers at 90.

In Class B, Legge finished first at 2-under par 70, while Cape Elizabeth's Ryan Collins was second at 1-over par 73.

Among the 32 Class B golfers, Stewart shot 81, or 9-over par, 81 to tie for 10th. Murphy finished at 100, tied for 29th.

In Class C, Thompson shot a blistering 6-under par 66, while Kents Hill's Mitchell Tarrio was second at 1-under 71.

Among the girls, Lacognata finished at 2-under par 70, while Thorton Academy's Jordan Laplaine was second at 1-over 73.

For Belfast, Sweet finished at 96, tied for 15th, and Walker at 108, or 19th among 22 girls.

Camden Hills coach Paul MacDonald said he continues to be impressed by Anderson's game.

"Cole is an exceptional golfer to say the least," MacDonald said. "He has been the number one guy for [the] Camden Hills golf team for the past three years. This year he led the team to a KVAC championship. Cole won his first individual Class A championship as a freshman, than again as a sophomore. That was quite an accomplishment, but winning it again this year, making it three in a row, makes a statement. His hard work, commitment to practice with a purpose, as well as his love to compete, says it all. He is a player and is leaving his mark. Congratulations."

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Ken Waltz has been a media member 35 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He has an associate degree in law enforcement and studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon, who lives in North Carolina with his wife, Hannah, and daughter, Audrey Josephine. Ken loves to golf, ride his motorcycle, exercise at the YMCA and follow his beloved Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins. He also has had a lifelong passion for the mysterious and all things paranormal/cryptozoological.

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