Camden Hills fourth in state Class B championshipsWindjammer Long enjoys stellar round; Wickenden, Starbird compete Oct. 13
Vassalboro — The Camden Hills golf team may toil in Class B, but the Windjammers certainly brought their "A" games Saturday for the state Class B team championships on the Natanis Golf Course.
While the Windjammers fell short of winning the state crown, they proved better than par for the course, finishing fourth among the 13 participating squads on the Tomahawk Course.
Gorham (309) claimed the Class A championship, York (311) the Class B title and St. Dominic of Lewiston (319) the Class C crown.
"I was ecstatic," Camden Hills coach Mark Wallace said of his team's standout performance. "We had talked early on [in the season] for us to finish top five [in the state] would be remarkable. That was our goal. We thought if we accomplished that, we're right where we need to be in what we see as a four-year plan for these guys."
Camden Hills is in year two of the aforementioned four-year plan, with Wickenden, Drew Holt and Drew Long sophomores and Julian Starbird a freshman, along with other talented golfers.
The Windjammers finished tied for third, with a five-golfer team stroke total of 332, along with Yarmouth, but the Windjammers settled for fourth after losing the tiebreaker between the teams' number five golfers.
In the 18-hole format, Long shot 73 to lead the Windjammers, while Wickenden finished at 76; Starbird, 90; Holt, 93; and Eddie Socker, 111.
"Drew Long had the absolute round of his life," said Wallace. "Not just for a state round, for an 18-hole round that was the absolute best round of golf he's ever played. It was a lot of fun to watch. I don't think his feet touched the ground going back to the clubhouse. He was just elated."
The day started humid on the back nine, where the Windjammer golfers started their rounds, but the conditions turned windy on the front nine.
"I don't think that played a huge role in our game," said Wallace. "We play at the Samoset [Resort]. We play on an ocean course [which can be windy]. Despite the fact that the wind came up, I don't think that played much of a factor."
The Windjammers qualified for the state team tournament by previously winning the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B shootout.
Wickenden and Starbird will have a chance to improve on their recent rounds as both previously earned the opportunity to compete in the schoolboy individual championships, which will be Saturday, Oct. 13, also at Natanis. The duo earned the right to participate in that event by virtue of their scores in the KVAC Class B qualifier on Oct. 2.
Wallace said Wickenden "was a little off Saturday," but "is starting to find his groove" heading into this weekend's schoolboy championships, while Starbird "was suffering from a great round hangover Saturday," in reference to the freshman's round at the KVAC qualifier.
"I think as we go through the week we'll put [Starbird] back in the right frame of mind," said Wallace.
The state Class B team scores were: 1, York, 311; 2, Maranacook of Readfield, 324; 3, Yarmouth, 332; 4, Camden Hills, 332; 5, Cape Elizabeth, 336; 6, Leavitt of Turner, 360; 7, Presque Isle, 361; 8, Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield, 363; 9, Hermon, 368; 10, Freeport, 374; 11, Mount Desert Island, 385; 12, Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft, 389; and 13, Oak Hill of Sabattus, 429.
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