Back to back: Wickenden swings to NAC golfer of week award2015 CHRHS graduate earns medalist honors at MEIGA Championships
Bangor — Husson University sophomore Daulton Wickenden, as he did several times as a freshman, has been named the North Atlantic Golfer men's golfer of the week for the second straight week.
Wickenden, who helped lead Camden Hills to back-to-back state Class B golf championships in 2013 and 2014, has maintained that consistently excellent play on the links through his freshman year with the Eagles — and ultimately, onto his sophomore campaign as well.
A business administration major, Wickenden earned medalist honors at the MEIGA Championships, a 2-day tournament Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10-11 at Springbrook Golf Club in Leeds.
Wickenden shot a career-low 67 for 18 holes on day one and then fired a 69 on day two for an impressive 136 — good enough for six under par on the tournament. He was the only golfer on the day to shoot under par, besting second place finisher Michael Caron of St. Joseph’s College (+2) by eight strokes.
St. Joe’s ultimately won the tournament with a team score of 604 (307-297) — two strokes better than second-place Husson College, which fired a 606 (303-303).
Wickenden, a 2015 Camden Hills Regional High School graduate, also shot a two-day total of 148 (74-74) as he earned a fourth-place finish at the Bowdoin Invitational Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10-11, at the Brunswick Golf Club.
As a team, the Eagles finished fifth with a two-day total of 633 (307-326). St. Anslem College of Manchester, N.H. finished first overall with a score of 617.
Wickenden followed up with a second-place finish at the Maine-Farmington Invitational Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the Waterville Country Club, firing a 71 for 18 holes. The Eagles finished fourth in the one-day event (307), while St. Joseph's College (299) finished first.
Wickenden said he changed his overall approach over the summer after the team lost their number one golfer, Greg Martin, to graduation. Wickenden said that “was a huge hole to fill.”
“In prior summers I would just play round after round after round and just sort of go through the motions on the course, also known as practicing without a purpose,” he said. “Now when I go out to play or practice I think through each shot, go through the same routine, and practice with a purpose trying to really get something out of it. So far this has payed big dividends for me getting off to a better start then last season and putting myself in a position where I feel as though I have been playing well enough to think I have a chance to win each time I step on the first tee.”
He added his is excited about the potential for this year's team.
"I believe we have big things to come in the near future," said Wickenden.
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