Camden Hills claims first state Class B title in 12 yearsAll five Windjammers shoot 90 or better, sail away from field
Vassalboro — Veteran Camden Hills golf coach Mark Wallace knew two years ago his Windjammers would have an excellent shot, over the next four seasons, to win a state Class B championship.
And with an undefeated regular season and the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B title already under their collective belts, the young, talented Windjammers had every reason to feel confident in the state high school team tournament on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Natanis Golf Course.
The Windjammers, in essence, completed the trifecta Saturday as they blew away the competition with relative ease, shooting a four-golfer, 18-hole stoke total of 321 to secure the coveted state crown.
It was the first state golf title for Camden Hills since 2001.
“I have been a head coach for 14 years and I have always wanted the chance to provide the opportunity for a group of kids to experience a state championship,” said Wallace. “I wanted to capture the moment of realization for them and hold it. These guys have made a lifestyle of golf and put as much time and effort as any athlete in any sport at Camden Hills.”
Cape Elizabeth and Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield both shot 334 behind the ‘Jammers, as the Capers finished second and the Huskies third by virtue of the fifth-golfer tiebreaker.
The state team scores were: Camden Hills 321, Cape Elizabeth 334, Maine Central Institute 334, Presque Isle 347, York 349, Erskine Academy of South China 351, Maranacook of Readfield 351, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle 363, Wells 365, Hermon 373, Yarmouth 378, Oak Hill of Sabattus 383 and John Bapst of Bangor 407.
Daulton Wickenden shot 72 to lead Camden Hills, while Julian Starbird carded 80, Drew Long 81, Drew Holt 88 and Jared Garske 90.
Wallace had an excellent freshmen class two years ago in Wickenden, Long and Drew Holt, while Starbird, now a sophomore, joined the group a year later.
Add Garske, a junior who transferred to CHRHS this fall from Wisconsin, and the ‘Jammers had a core five that were in sync all season.
“Since they were freshman I was convinced that they would have a great opportunity to win a state championship or two,” said Wallace. “Last year we were close but I really never thought they were completely ready and York was in the end of an incredible run in Class B.”
York won the previous four state Class B crowns.
The veteran coach said the weather for the state tourney “was cool but the breeze was down,” unlike when the ‘Jammers collected the KVAC Class B title on Tuesday, Oct. 8.
Wickenden had six pars, six bogeys and six birdies on the day, including five on the back nine. Wickenden had the second best score amongst Class B golfers as Maranacook’s Luke Ruffing carded a 71.
Wickenden also finished second overall to Ruffing at the KVAC Class B championships.
While the ‘Jammers were confident, Wallace said it was hard to say if the young team was surprised with the outcome.
“They played the best they could today and each agreed they got everything out of themselves they could,” the coach said. “They were also playing in groups with Cape and MCI so they must have known that things were close. They reacted with more elation than surprise.”
The outcome was up in the air until the end as Wallace thought his team had been surpassed late in the afternoon.
“The kids had hit a rough patch and I overheard some talk that another team was playing well,” Wallace said. “We were down to the last score to be posted by Cape [Elizabeth] and MCI that I knew that we had it. I knew what they had shot for scores and I motioned for the kids to come over as the last of the scores were posted. We were able to share the moment as the last scores were posted and totals were tallied. [It was a] great moment.”
In addition to Wickenden’s sharp shooting, Starbird and Long “played well but both had some rough patches,” the coach said, while Holt and Starbird shot similar rounds as they played “well for streaks but [were] stumbling from time to time.”
And the ‘Jammers end the season with a state title under their collective belts.
“Each one of them played a role in this over the past couple of weeks and they knew it,” said Wallace. “We made the individual sport of golf a team sport over the past couple of weeks.”
Camden Hills had the medalist – the low score – in all 12 regular-season matches among four different golfers.
Also Saturday, Falmouth won the state Class A title, while St. Dominic of Lewiston claimed the state Class C crown.
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