Class A act two: Anderson drives, putts, chips for show-stopping titleOceanside's Lawrence, Medomak Valley's Stewart shoot to top places in Class B
Vassalboro — If there is a golf tournament and Cole Anderson participates, there is good chance the Camden Hills sophomore will be in the mix for the top spot.
With tremendous all-around skill, and years of hard work and dedication to reaching his potential in the sport, Anderson was back at his best — or best for most young golfers — on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Natanis Golf Course.
The event started in cold, brisk conditions, but warmed as the day continued. However, the wind never completely waned, which made the course more difficult.
For the second straight year, the remarkable teenager captured the state Class A schoolboy individual title.
Anderson finished with 73 for 18 holes at Natanis, to edge Gorham's Lucas Roop, who ended with 74, for the state Class A schoolboy individual championship.
There were 37 golfers in Class A, which also included Camden Hills' Connor Russell (94, tied for 34th) and Lewis Laurita (97, 37th).
Anderson's future in golf seem limitless as he has won New England championships and competed at a high level in national tournaments. In the past two years of high school play, he has been the medalist — the low scorer for a particular match — most times.
In Class B on Saturday, Maine Central Institute's Eric Dugas finished first at 73 and Fryeburg Academy's Tyler Worcester second at 77.
Additionally, Oceanside's Ryan Lawrence (81, tied 7th) and Medomak Valley's Brent Stewart (86, tied 14th) qualified and participated in the Class B tournament, along with 31 total golfers.
Also, in another connection to the Midcoast, Lincoln Academy senior Bailey Plourde won another state schoolgirl individual crown. She has been a member at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, the same course Anderson calls home.
Plourde tied Greely's Erin Holmes as both shot 73. Thornton Academy's Jordan Laplume was runner-up at 77.
The best overall round of the day was turned in by Class C champion Logan Thompson of Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln, who finished at 67. Kents Hill's Mitchell Tarrio finished as runner-up at 75 in the same class.
There were 29 golfers in Class C and 42 competitors in the girls field.
Anderson said he was happy to repeat as state champion, but did not have his complete "A" game for his state championship.
"Feels great to back up my win from last year with another one this year," he said. "It's too bad the team didn't get it done, as we felt we had a pretty good opportunity to win, but just didn't play well at times. But to be able to represent, not only myself, but the team and Camden Hills as well, as state champion is a great feeling. I've had a great year of golf and to win this one feels really good."
He said he used his length off the tee to outdistance the field.
"I struggled on the greens, but ultimately played well enough to win," Anderson said. "The key for me was the par 5s. I hit it pretty far so I knew that if I did what I needed to do on the par fives I would separate myself from the field. Turns out I really needed that separation.
"I was 5-under par on the four par fives and, honestly, really struggled on the rest of the golf course. I'm just grateful that it was good enough. It was very cold when we started, but it warmed up a little bit, but the wind was fairly active, making the course a bit harder."
Anderson said he has one more fall golf event, then will head to Florida for two events in December.
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He 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.
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