Midcoast Junior Golf Association

Plourde, Hilchey, Johnson swing to championship rounds

Youngsters ages 7-14 vie for awards in final event of summer
By Ken Waltz | Aug 11, 2014
Photo by: Ken Waltz Parker Hilchey chips onto the sixth green at the Rockland Golf Course Aug. 10 during the Midcoast Junior Golf Association championships. Hilchey finished first in Division 2.

Rockland — Although small in numbers, the participants in the annual Midcoast Junior Golf Association championships on Sunday, Aug. 10 were big on talent — and enjoying themselves on the links.

On a beautiful, sunny, summer afternoon, 14 youngsters ages 7 to 14 hit the Rockland Golf Course for a nine-hole, end-of-season championship tournament.

When the final swings had been made and putts holed, Bailey Plourde, Parker Hilchey and Darik Johnson had earned first-place finishes in their respective divisions.

Click for photos from the event.

Plourde, one of the top young female golfers in the state, finished first in Division 1, for the top golfers in the MGJGA, while Hilchey won Division 2 and Johnson placed first in Division 3.

During the summer, the young golfers have the opportunity to compete in weekly tournaments at a variety of area courses, including Rockland, Samoset Resort Golf Club in Rockport, Goose River Golf Club in Rockport, Wawenock Golf Club in Walpole, Northport Golf Club, Sheepscot Links Golf Club in Whitfield and Appleton Country Club.

Plourde, who will be a sophomore at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle, won Division 1 for the second straight year. She shot 42 on the par-36 front nine at RGC.

Plourde, a member at the Samoset, has made quite a name for herself but competing with and defeating some of the state's top adult golfers.

In fact, this summer, Plourde, 14, finished third in the Women's Maine State Golf Association championship tournament and first among junior golfers in the same event. Her two-day, 36-hole total of 160 was three shots back of the overall winner. She also finished second, one stroke behind, in the Maine State Golf Association junior championships for girls ages 13-14.

The final nine-hole scores from Sunday's MCJGA tourney were:

Division 1 — 1, Plourde, 42; and 2, Ryan Lawrence, 46. Lawrence, who also will be a sophomore, is one of the top golfers for Oceanside.

Division 2 — 1, Hilchey, 47; 2, Joey Horovitz, 54; 3, Carter Fogarty, 60; 4, Carson Murphy, 62; 5, Will Karod, 66; and 6, Merritt Gould, 63.

Division 3 — 1, Johnson, 50; 2, Noah McLellan, 51; 3, Kellen Adickes, 52; 4, Lizzie Ober, 62; 5, Sean Seabring, 64; and 6, Trystan Francis, 74.

Ryan Lawrence watches his tee shot on the sixth hole. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Bailey Plourde hits out of a bunker next to the fifth green. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Darik Johnson chips onto the second green. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Noah McLellan chips onto the second green. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Joey Horovitz hits his ball out of trouble near the second green. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Bailey Plourde chips onto the second green. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Ryan Lawrence putts on the second green. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Parker Hilchey chips onto the second green. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Will Karod watches the flight of his drive on the third hole. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
The coveted awards at the end of the round. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Trystan Francis tees off on the third hole. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Carson Murphy chips onto the fifth green. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Ashton Francis, 6, of Washington reads a book under an umbrella as he watches his brother, Trystan. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Carter Fogarty keeps score. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Merritt Gould places his tee in the ground on the third hole. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Carter Fogarty knocks his ball out of tall vegetation next to the sixth green. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Susan Watts | Aug 13, 2014 05:38

It is great to see young kids learn a game they can do their whole lives. Congratulations to all who participated.



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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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