On the course

Adickes, 12, takes golf game to lofty heights — even Maine Amateur

Bristol youngster is Samoset Resort Golf Club member, student of pro Seavey
By Mark Haskell | Jul 18, 2019
Photo by: Mark Haskell Kellen Adickes.

Rockport — Most 12-year-olds, especially during the dog days of summer in the sometimes oppressive Maine heat, search for a lake to cool off or maybe a little harmless mischief.

However, Kellen Adickes, admittedly, is not most children of that age.

On Monday, July 15, Adickes was at the practice area at the Samoset Resort Golf Club in Rockport with teaching pro Jeff Seavey to work on his short game.

Adickes, who lives in Bristol, has turned heads in recent weeks when he emerged as a qualifier for the Maine Amateur Golf Championships. It was rumored he was the youngest to ever qualify for the prestigious 100-year-old event, a rumor that has since been confirmed.

“I am the youngest,” he said. “They just found that out. There was another 12-year-old way back, I don’t know when, but I’m younger than him by a few months.”

Adickes has been playing golf since he was three years old. His grandparents, notably Joe Dubois, who was instrumental in bringing U.S. Kids Golf to Maine, turned him onto the sport.

“It just came natural to me,” he said. “And it’s outside in nature. It’s better than sitting in front of a TV screen doing nothing all day. I just come here every day and try to get better and better. “

Adickes said the father of one of his friends put the idea in his head about going out for the Maine Am a year back.

“I saw [this year] that one of the qualifiers was at Poland Springs [Golf Club],” he said. “And I thought, ‘Wow, I grew up playing that course. I was a member there for a few years [and] I have some background knowledge of that course, let’s go try and qualify there.’”

Adickes ended up shooting 76 for 18 holes and made the cut by three strokes.

Qualifiers typically are one-day events, but the one at Poland Springs began on Thursday, June 20 and was halted due to lightning. Play resumed on Monday, June 24.

Fortunately for Adickes, he had an 8:10 a.m. tee time, so he was able to finish his round before play was suspended on the original start date.

And, just a few days later, Adickes saw himself teeing off along with 131 other competitors for a chance to compete for the Maine Amateur Golf Championship July 9-11 at the Portland Country Club.

Interestingly enough, Adickes — the youngest player in the field — was in a group the first two days with 71-year-old Truman Libby — the oldest. Adickes called that experience “cool” and that they “had a lot of fun.”

Adickes, in his first year playing out of the Samoset Resort, also regularly finds himself on the course in the company of 18-year-old Cole Anderson, who won the Maine Amateur by eight strokes, is a three-time state Class A high school champion and is a freshman golfer at Florida State University.

“I play with Cole a lot,” he said. “I’ll see him walking around a lot. We actually played a practice round on that Monday [before the Maine Am]. It’s great to look up to him and see these great things he’s doing and I’m thinking ‘I want that to be me.’ ”

Adickes’ goal for the Maine Am was to make it to the final day of the three-day event. Things could not have started out better for the youngster as he carded a birdie in his first hole on day one.

“I ripped a drive down the middle and went just into the rough,” he said. “Then I took a lob wedge and stuck it within about two feet and tapped in [for birdie].”

However, that success was short-lived.

“Then after that it was like par, double-bogey, par, double-bogey.”

Adickes shot a 16-over 86 on both days for a 32-over par, outside of the cut for the final day of the event.

“The course set up a little longer and the course conditions were tougher,” he said. “It’s a lot different than what I’m used to playing in these junior events.”

It would be easy for the youngster to lament about two, by and large, tough days on the links with many of the top adult amateur golfers in the state. However, Adickes said, while he was disappointed in how he played, “I hit some good shots [and] I just try to look back on those.”

Adickes only plays one other sport, basketball, but more because “I can’t play golf in four feet of snow.”

He also has an affinity for whitewater rafting.

“My dad has been a whitewater rafting guide up north in The Forks at Crabapple Whitewater on the Kennebec and Dead Rivers for 19 years now,” he said. “And he and I are going up tomorrow [Tuesday, July 16] to raft the Kennebec. It’s a lot of fun.”

He is the son of Jason and Sam Adickes.

Adickes will continue to refine his game throughout the summer and plans to play in the U.S. Kids Golf Championships beginning on Monday, July 29 at Pinehurst in North Carolina.

His long-term goal, is, of course, “to play on the PGA Tour.”

Kellen Adickes. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Kellen Adickes, facing, and teaching pro Jeff Seavey. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Kellen Adickes, left, and teaching pro Jeff Seavey. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Kellen Adickes. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Kellen Adickes, right, and teaching pro Jeff Seavey. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Kellen Adickes. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Kellen Adickes. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Kellen Adickes. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Kellen Adickes, right, and teaching pro Jeff Seavey. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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