High school golf

Four Midcoast golfers, two teams earn state tournament berths

Anderson medalist in Class A, Hilchey, Johnson, Murphy, Windjammers, Panthers qualify
By Ken Waltz | Oct 02, 2018

Vassalboro — While much of the state dealt with cold and wet conditions, Midcoast high school golfers braved the early-fall elements and joined their league counterparts on Tuesday, Oct. 2 for a chance to qualify for the prestigious state individual and team championships — and, ultimately, the day held tremendous news for a handful of area student-athletes and teams.

When the final putts had been holed at the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A and B state qualifier at the Natanis Golf Club, Camden Hills' Cole Anderson, Parker Hilchey and Nate Johnson, along with Medomak Valley's Carson Murphy, had earned spots in the state individual tournament.

Additionally, Camden Hills and Medomak Valley earned position at the team states.

Camden Hills will participate in the Class A portion of the state tournaments, while Medomak Valley, which qualified previously by virtue of winning the league's crown on Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Rockland Golf Club, will participate in Class B.

The team state qualifiers from Tuesday's league event included:

Class A — Mount Ararat of Topsham (automatic bid via conference title), Camden Hills, Edward Little of Auburn, Lewiston and Messalonskee of Oakland.

Class B — Medomak Valley (automatic bid via conference title), Gardiner, Waterville, Erskine Academy of South China and Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield.

The Midcoast individuals who qualified included:

Camden Hills — Cole Anderson, Parker Hilchey and Nate Johnson.

Medomak Valley — Carson Murphy.

At the qualifier, there were 102 golfers in Class A and 73 in Class B.

On Tuesday, Anderson was back to his amazing golf tricks, as he finished as the medalist for Class A. The senior, who has won three straight state Class A individual titles and will play at Division I Florida State University after he finishes high school, shot 3-under par 69 to finish first.

"Rain made the course play a bit more difficult, but I'm happy with how the whole team performed," said Anderson. "We are all looking forward to the opportunity to compete on Saturday [in the team states]."

Mount Ararat's Caleb Manuel was second at even-par 72 for Class A.

The cut for Class A was 88, which included the top 16 and ties.

For Class B, the top 10 qualified as the cutout was 89.

Additionally, golfers from Oceanside of Rockland and Belfast participated.

"It was cold and cloudy all day, a little rain fell while they were playing, but the worst of it didn't come until they were finished," said Medomak Valley coach Kevin Richardson. "The course was wet, but still in good shape for the amount of rain that they received the past couple of days and there wasn't any wind to speak of."

A team score is determined by combining the low four-golfer 18-hole scores for each squad.

The Class A team scores were: Mount Ararat 318, Camden Hills 322, Edward Little 340, Lewiston 349, Messalonsee 351, Leavitt of Turner 351, Cony of Augusta 366, Hampden Academy 366, Oxford Hills of South Paris 376, Brewer 377, Caribou/Presque Isle 378, Bangor 386, Lawrence of Fairfield 393 and Brunswick 406.

The Class B team scores were: Gardiner 342, Waterville 371, Erskine Academy 382, Maine Central Institute 388, Nokomis of Newport 392, Medomak Valley 416, Morse of Bath 422, Spruce Mountain of Jay 433, Oceanside 439, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle 453, Mountain Valley of Rumford 459, Maranacook of Readfield 465 and Belfast 496.

The individual scores and placement for area golfers from Tuesday's qualifier included:

Camden Hills — Anderson 69 (1st), Hilchey 81 (7th), Johnson 83 (8th), Jonathan Mahoney 89 (tied 20th), Drew Minery 103 (tied 65th) and Shiyan Kesser 110 (tied 82nd),

Medomak Valley — Murphy 89 (10th), Sean Sebrey 104 (23rd), Clayton Belcher 109 (tied 29th), Merritt Gould 114 (tied 42nd), Garret Hutchins 116 (tied 48th) and Leighton Winslow 129 (67th).

Oceanside — Austin Chilles 102 (20th), Aidan Andrews 106 (26th), Carter Fogarty 110 (tied 34th), Teddy Hallett 121 (61st) and Jamison Bell 181 (73rd).

Belfast — Tommy Walker 98 (17th), Ryan Fitzjurls 122 (tied 62nd), Anthime Burnette 130 (68th) and Daniel Groening 146 (72nd).

The team championships will be on Saturday, Oct. 6 and the individual championships on Saturday, Oct. 13, both at 10 a.m. at Natanis. The events also will be 18 holes.

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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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