High school golf

Camden Hills drives home with league's Class A championship

Windjammer junior Anderson shoots blistering 4-under par as medalist to buoy team
By Ken Waltz | Oct 05, 2017
Courtesy of: Mark Haskell As golf bags frame him, Camden Hills' Cole Anderson steps to his ball on the sixth tee on Oct. 3 during the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A championship shootout at the Rockland Golf Club. The Windjammers won the title behind Anderson's blistering 4-under par performance.

Rockland — After cementing an unbeaten regular-season match record playing a Class B schedule, Camden Hills golfers must have wondered how their games would stack up against Class A opponents come the postseason tournaments.

In the first test, the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A state qualifier on Tuesday, Sept. 26 in hot, humid conditions at Natanis in Vassaloboro, Camden Hills finished fifth to earn a spot in the coveted state team tournament.

So, when given another opportunity to match skills against the league's other state qualifiers on familiar Midcoast course, the Windjammers more than held their own.

Click for photos from the league shootout.

In fact, exactly one week later under much cooler, ideal playing conditions, Camden Hills beat those other four squads to earn the league's Class A championship during the KVAC Class A and B shootout on Tuesday, Oct. 3 on the Rockland Golf Course.

Led by Cole Anderson's impressive 4-under par 32 on the par-36 front nine holes at Rockland, the Windjammers won the title, ultimately, by one stroke, which again proved to the teenage golfers each stroke in a round can be pivotal to team and individual success.

Camden Hills, which plays its home matches at the Samoset Resort Golf Course a few miles up the road in Rockport, won the league crown with a four-golfer, nine-hole stroke total of 170, while Messalonskee of Oakland finished at 171, Mount Ararat of Topsham 177, Lewiston 185 and Edward Little of Auburn 186.

Camden Hills coach Paul MacDonald said he congratulates the Windjammers for winning the league crown. "A challenging course, good competition and great team play was the venue of the day," he said.

For the Windjammers, Anderson finished at 32, Braden Fisher and Sam Conlan 45, Jonathan Mahoney 48, Conor O'Dwyer 49 and Nate Johnson 52.

With four Messalonskee golfers in the low 40s, the Windjammers needed Anderson to go low, preferably below par, and he did, which gave Camden Hills enough cushion for the title.

The individual scores for the other Class A teams in the shootout included:

Messalonskee — Blake Marden 42, Jacob Bernatchez, Bradley Condon, Parker Poulin and Brandon Condon 43 and Connor Ferguson 47.

Mount Ararat — Caleb Manuel 41, Cade Charron and Will Kavanaugh 44, Ben Hickson 48 and Blair Kopp 49.

Lewiston  — Stephanie Rodrigue 40, Alex Robert 47, Ryan Pomerleau, Parker Thibault and Cam Dionne 49 and Evan Cox 53.

Edward Little — Dylan Selinger 45, Ben Cassidy 46, Aaron Perkins 47, Will Cassidy and Nate McBride 48 and Colin Merritt 54.

Erskine Academy of South China won the league's Class B crown the same day on the same course, as the Eagles shot 168, while Nokomis of Newport was second at 169, Waterville third at 172 and Gardiner fourth at 188.

Connor Paine finished 1-over par 35 to lead the Eagles.

The Class A golfers played the par-36 front nine holes and Class B golfers the par-34 back nine holes.

Next for Camden Hills is the state Class A championship tournament on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. at Natanis. The following weekend, on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 10 a.m., Anderson and Conlan, who qualified previously, will play in the state Class A individual tournament at back at Natanis.

Anderson is the two-time defending state Class A individual champion.

A week ago, in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A state team qualifier, 18-hole rounds at Natanis, Mount Ararat finished 328, Lewiston 337, Edward Little and Messalonskee 340 and Camden Hills 343, as those teams qualified for the state team championships as well as the league shootout held Tuesday in Rockland.

During regular-season matches, Camden Hills finished 12-0 this fall.

Camden Hills' Jonathan Mahoney. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Jonathan Mahoney. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Cole Anderson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Cole Anderson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Nate Johnson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Conor O'Dwyer. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Braden Fisher. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Braden Fisher. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Cole Anderson, left, and Braden Fisher. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Cole Anderson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Sam Conlan. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Sam Conlan. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Sam Conlan. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Sam Conlan. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Sam Conlan. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Sam Conlan. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Conor O'Dwyer. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Conor O'Dwyer. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Conor O'Dwyer. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills golfers and coach Paul MacDonald, right, hold their Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A championship plaque, earned Oct. 3 at the Rockland Golf Club. The Windjammers include, from left, Jonathan Mahoney, San Conlan, Cole Anderson, Braden Fisher, Nate Johnson, Conor O'Dwyer and coach MacDonald. (Courtesy of: Steve Alex)
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