Amateur golf

Another ace up his sleeve, Anderson wins New England Junior PGA

Two-time state Class A high school golf champion eyes Maine Amateur title
By Mark Haskell | Jul 07, 2017
Photo by: Ken Waltz Cole Anderson of Camden watches the flight of his approach shot during a high school golf tournament last fall.

Ayer, Mass. — The achievements — and subsequent accolades — on the links continue to roll along, like a 300-yard drive down the middle of the fairway, for Cole Anderson of Camden, who won the New England Junior PGA Championship, played on Wednesday and Thursday, July 5-6 at Shaker Hills Golf Club.

Anderson, a junior at Camden Hills Regional High School who has committed to play college golf at Division I Florida State University in 2019, finished first, as he bested 51 others with a 1-over par for the two-day event.

Anderson prevailed by seven strokes over runner-up Logan Thompson, who plays for Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln.

Anderson shot 1-under in the first 18 holes and 2-over on the second round.

The 16-year-old Anderson, who plays for the Windjammers, has won the state Class A individual title two years in a row, while Thompson — a senior for the Lynx — has won the state Class C individual championship three years running.

“It was a good one to win and start out,” said Anderson. “The meat of my season is coming up starting next week with the Maine [Amateur] and everything, so it was a good to get that feeling back and my ‘mojo’ back, I guess.”

Anderson's win also qualified him for the national junior PGA championship on Monday through Thursday, July 31 through Aug. 3, at The Country Club of St. Albans in St. Albans, Mo.

Anderson also will participate in the Maine Amateur Golf Championship on Tuesday through Thursday, July 11-13 at the Brunswick Golf Club.

He said that “is a big one” and always “a staple in my schedule.”

“It’s the best players in the state, so that’s always an important one.”

Anderson will represent The Samoset Resort in Rockport at the Maine Amateur, as will Jon Hardy, Jamie Boutin and Ricky Jones, the latter of whom has won the event three times and been runner-up on four occasions — including last year.

Anderson, also a superb baseball player and former ice hockey standout, said he has a few other tournaments he has committed to both in-state and in Massachusetts as well as he attempts to qualify for the U.S. Amateur at a qualifier on Tuesday, July 25 in Andover, Mass.

Should Anderson qualify at that tournament, the U.S. Amateur would be held Monday through Sunday, Aug. 14-20 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

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