Young middle school golfers braved cold, wet conditions — and a few wild turkeys on the course (not exactly the type of birdies they were shooting for) — to play in the 14th annual Busline League championships Oct. 16 on the Rockland Golf Course.

Student-athletes from Wiscasset Middle School, Oceanside Middle School of Thomaston/Rockland and Camden-Rockport Middle School participated in the end-of-season event.

The golfers played the front nine holes on the course.

Kim Chatfield, longtime CRMS coach and one of the key organizers of local middle school golf, said the rain tapered off, the clouds parted a crack and the temperatures broke 50 for the event.

The format was a four-person scramble, which meant all the golfers drove the ball off tee and if a golfer's shot was chosen, he did not hit the next shot. That format was used all the way to the green, where each team member putted until the ball was holed. Each player must have contributed at least one drive during the nine-hole event.

Defending league titlist Wiscasset, coached by Bob Sommers, and Oceanside, which won the Maine State Middle School Invitational last year, both entered one team. Oceanside is coached by Kevin Martin. Camden-Rockport, coached by Chatfield, entered two foursomes.

In the shotgun start, CRMS' team one, captained by James Orne, got off to a fast start with a par on the difficult eighth hole. However, the mood dampened as the team recorded a bogey, then a double-bogey on the ninth and first holes, respectively. The Schooners settled down to card all pars to finish with a wining score of 3-over-par 38. The other members of the team were Cole Anderson, Sam Conlan and Austin Charkowick.

Nathan Hersom captained Oceanside, which included Tucker Grindle, Ryan Lawrence and Jackson Arnsdorf. After two bogeys to start, the Mariners bounced back with a tremendous second shot on the third hole to card a birdie. However, "the wheels came off," said coach Martin, for the youngsters over the final six holes. The team made four bogeys during that stretch to finish in second with a score of 40.

Wiscasset placed third with 46, off its regular-season level of performance, Chatfield said. Grant Hefler captained the team, which included Wade Reed, Alex Taylor and Levi McAttee.

The second CRMS team consisted of players five through eight on the team's ladder. That Schooner foursome was young and a bit green, but eager for the competition, said Chatfield. Conor O'Dwyer headed the team, which included Jimmy Lynch, Emmett Acosta and Andrew Orne. The team scored 1.33 over par per hole for a total of 47, the coach said.

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