ROCKLAND — It was cold and blustery, certainly not ideal weather conditions to hit a small, dimpled ball around outdoors, but none of that dimmed the smiles and positive attitudes of the young golfers who drove, chipped and putted on Tuesday, Sept. 20 in a Busline League middle school event at the Rockland Golf Course.

Oceanside of Thomaston, Camden-Rockport Middle School, Troy Howard Middle School of Belfast and Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta was represented by cold, but happy student-athletes at the tourney.

Camden-Rockport’s Lila Dailey pulls the headcover off her driver. Photo by Ken Waltz

The young golfers will meet a handful of times this fall in tourneys to hone their skills and play competitive matches with others.

The event’s format usually has the top golfers from each school square off in head-to-head matches, while they record their individual scores on each hole. The less-experienced golfers from a school combine in a scramble format.

In all, it gets youngsters on the course and back in the swing of things — even under difficult conditions.