Plourde, Hilchey best in two-day MCJGA championshipsYoung golfers drive for show, chip, putt for trophies at Rockland Golf Course
Rockland — Some of the Midcoast's youngest and most talented young athletes drove, chipped and putted for glory over the weekend in the two-day Mid-Coast Junior Golf Association Championships Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17-18 on the Rockland Golf Course.
More than a dozen golfers, who ranged from ages 6 to 15, played nine holes each day during the competition.
Those who participated were Sam Conlan, Zach Alden, Daren Wood, Bailey Plourde, Ryan Lawrence, Connor Russell, Alex Forcillo, Grant Hefler, Austin Chilles, Carter Fogarty, Kellen Adickes, Jacob Carroll and Parker Hilchey.
Plourde shot 80 for two nine-hole rounds to win Division I, while Hilchey finished with 99 for two rounds to win Division III. Plourde is a 13-year-old girl, while Hilchey is a 9-year-old boy.
Video from the weekend tourney appears below.
The championship results for each division were:
Division I — Plourde 40-40—80, Wood 39-44—83, Lawrence 44-48—92, Hefler 44-49—93, Russell 45-53—98, Alden 44-54— 99, Forcillo 108 and 56-62—Conlan 118
Division III — Hilchey 50-49—99, Chilles 57-54—111, Adickes 62-57—119, Carroll 65-62—127 and Fogarty 66-68—134.
While there were more than 40 youngsters registered with the MCJGA this summer, only a handful of children took advantage of the weekly tournament play opportunities offered by the organization at area courses.
The organization, in its 21st year, had plenty of youngsters involved in learning the game, but not as many actually played in the weekly events sponsored by the group, including the weekend's championships.
Garrett Hilchey, president of the association, said children have participated in the organization's clinics, but not as many as in the past in the group's weekly tournaments.
The organization, the brainchild of local PGA professionals, led by Chris Christie (then director of golf at the Samoset Resort Golf Club), introduces golf to youngsters.
For more information, call 207-357-6017 or 207-542-9111 or email email@example.com.
The group includes Division I for more experienced golfers, Division II for those making steady improvements and Division III for beginners.
Registered MCJGA golfers in each division (youngsters often move up or down depending on their current level of play) this summer were:
Division I — Zach Alden, Cole Anderson, Sam Conlan, Alex Forcillo, Connor Russell, Ryan Lawrence, Griffin Lombardo, Bailey Plourde, Hannah Thackston and Daren Wood.
Division II — McKayla Alden, Keanu Campbell, Sam Conlan, Hollis Farnsworth, Kaydin Frederick, Nathan Graves, Grant Hefler, Sam King Lawrence, Cameron Littlehale, Julia Meyn, Conor O'Dwyer, Bailey Plourde and Julia Thackston.
Division III — Kellen Adickes, Foster Henry Ames, Seamus Andrews, Aidan Andrews, Andy Bird, Henry Boudin, Samuel Brownawell, Jacob Carroll, Austin Chilles, Carter Fogarty, Daniel Forcillo, Hilchey, Owen Littlehale, Liberty Meyn, Carson Murphy, Sawyer Olsen, Grace O'Connell, Alec O'Dwyer, Liam O'Dwyer, Alec Sirois, Tyler Sukeforth, Lily Sukeforth and Lucas Wyman.
The organization added Sheepscot Links in Whitefield and West Appleton Country Club to its list of local courses youngsters played in weekly tourneys. Earlier this season, youngsters played the Wawenock Golf Club in Walpole June 30, Megunticook Golf Club in Rockport July 7, Boothbay Country Club July 14, Northport Golf Club July 20, Goose River Golf Club July 28 and West Appleton Country Club Aug. 11.
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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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