High school golf

Green with envy: Belfast, Medomak Valley swing to state tournament

Lions Ritter, Parker, Walker, Panthers Murphy, Sebrey, Mariner Chilles also qualify as individuals
By Staff | Oct 02, 2019

Vasalboro — Midcoast high school golfers hit the links at Natanis Golf Club mere hours before Mother Nature demonstrated her reign — quite literally — and when the final strokes were tallied, area student-athletes had put on quite a course show on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A and B state qualifier.

Belfast's James Ritter, Thomas Parker and Tommy Walker, Medomak Valley's Carson Murphy and Sean Sebrey, as well as Oceanside's Austin Chilles, used their strong, consistent play to earn spots in the state individual tournament.

Additionally, Belfast and Medomak Valley, fresh off their play in the league shootout championships (the Lions and Panthers tied for third), earned positions at the team states, in Class B, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 5 back at Natanis.

The individual state championships will take place on Saturday, Oct. 12, also at Natanis.

There were no student-athletes who qualified from Camden Hills, which participates in Class A, but Windjammer Parker Hilchey came close, as he shot 87, two strokes off the 85 cutoff.

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

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

Class B — Leavitt of Turner (plus automatic bid via conference title), Belfast, Waterville, Medomak Valley and Gardiner.

The Midcoast individuals who qualified included:

Belfast — Ritter, Parker and Walker

Medomak Valley — Murphy and Sebrey

Oceanside — Chilles

At the qualifier, there were 77 golfers in Class A and 83 in Class B.

Mount Ararat's Caleb Manuel set a course record with a 9-under par 63 to finish first in Class A.

Leavitt's Ruby Haylock shot a 4-over par 76 to finish first in Class B.

The cut for Class A was 85, which included the top 15 and ties.

For Class B, the top 14 qualified as the cut was 90.

Girls who shot 100 or lower qualified for their individual state championship on Oct. 12, also at Natanis.

Team scores are determined by the low four golfers of six over the 18 holes.

The Class A team scores were: Mount Ararat 307, Messalonskee 335, Lewiston 341, Edward Little of Auburn 346, Hampden Academy 351, Cony of Augusta 356, Bangor 363, Brewer 370, Oxford Hills of South Paris 380, Camden Hills 381, Brunswick 384, Skowhegan 408 and Mount Blue of Farmington 441.

The Class B team scores were: Leavitt 348, Belfast 362, Waterville 365, Medomak Valley 378, Gardiner 380, Oceanside 387, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle 393, Erskine Academy of South China 393, Girls - 1 (Belfast, Leavitt, Messalonksee, Edward Little, Mount Blue) 418, Girls - 2 (Mount Blue, Hampden Academy and Skowhegan) 424, Lawrence of Fairfield 426, Morse of Bath 426, Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield 428, Maranacook of Readfield 434 and Nokomis of Newport did not finish.

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

Belfast — Ritter 81 (2nd), Parker 84 (4th), Walker 89 (12th), Bobby Banks 108 (tied for 48th), Lily Robbins 108 (T48th), Casey Balicki 130 (76) and Zach Sanderson 141 (T79th).

Medomak Valley — Murphy 86 (T7th), Sebrey 87 (9th), Garret Hutchins 101 (39th), Tyler Metcalf 104 (45th), Merritt Gould 115 (57th) and Adam Berry 123 (T67th).

Oceanside — Chilles 88 (T10th), Darik Johnson 93 (T16th), Carter Fogarty 96 (T25th), Rhys Jones 110 (T51), Mason Curtis 111 (53) and Nate Fogarty 136 (78th).

Camden Hills — Hilchey 87 (T17th), Jonathan Mahoney 92 (T27th), Bryler Fisher 101 (T57th), Caden Sawyer 101 (T57th), Shiyan Kesser 108 (T64th) and Eben Fagonde 130 (75th).

Mount View of Thorndike did not send golfers to the qualifer.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

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