If patience is virtue, second straight state crown in cards for Windjammers
Rockport — The following is a synopsis of the 2014 Camden Hills Regional High School golf team:
Coach/years coached current team: Mark Wallace, 12th year.
Last year's record/playoff information: 12-0 in the regular season. The Windjammers won the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship with an 18-hole, four-golfer team score of 313, and also won the state Class B championship with a score of 321. It was the second straight league crown for the Windjammers.
Roster: Seniors Daulton Wickenden, Drew Long, Drew Holt, Jared Garske, Quinn Holt, Teddy Laurita, Ryan Pierce, Austin Pohlman, Oliver Bianchi and Casey Rouleau; junior Julian Starbird; sophomores Louis Laurita and Connor Russell; and freshmen Braden Fischer and James Orne.
Known graduation losses: Jack Orne and Sam Cloyd.
Significant impact golfers: Wickenden, Long, Drew Holt, Starbird, Garske.
Team strengths: Experience, mental toughness and loads of talent.
Team goals: To win its third straight KVAC Class B title, and, if all goes well, the team's second straight state Class B title.
Top league opponent: Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield.
Outlook: Last year was a sub-par performance all-around for the Camden Hills, with golf being the only sport where a sub-par performance translates to excellence.
The Windjammers held an unblemished record from the first match of the regular season to the final hole of the state Class B championship. And as Camden Hills returns its entire starting five from last year's team, including a few key additions, the Windjammers do not appear to be slowing down.
Wickenden, Long, Drew Holt, Starbird and Garske “have multiple years of competitive golf to draw from and the experience of winning a state championship” under their collective belts, but Wallace said that patience will be paramount if the team hopes to replicate last year's success on the links.
“They know their potentials but have to continue to be patient and let their games happen,” said Wallace. “Often times young players will press their games during competition and find themselves in trouble. This year patience is our motto.”
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