High school golf

Despite sweltering heat, six Midcoast golfers, Camden Hills qualifies for states

Anderson, Murphy, Stewart, Walker, Sweet, Conlan earn state spots; Belfast's Lagerbom top coach
By Ken Waltz | Sep 27, 2017

Vassalboro — With precious and highly-coveted berths in the state team and individual championship tournaments — as well as spots in the league shootout — on the line, Midcoast high school golfers drove, hit approach shots, chipped and putted to the best of their abilities in extremely hot, humid conditions on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at Natanis Golf Club.

When the final putts had been dropped safely into the cup, six area student-athletes and one team had earned the right to vie for state and league championships.

In temperatures near 90 degrees, golfers from Camden Hills, Belfast, Medomak Valley, Oceanside and Mount View of Thorndike participated in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A and B state qualifier at Natanis Golf Club.

Golfers played 18 grueling holes in Tuesday's heat.

The humid, energy-draining conditions certainly played their toil on the young golfers. In fact, Jim Leonard, Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield athletic director and golf liaison for the Maine Principal Association, called Tuesday's conditions "uncomfortable."

Ultimately, there was just enough comfort for a handful of area golfers as Camden Hills' Cole Anderson and Sam Conlan qualified for the state Class A individual championships and Medomak Valley's Brent Stewart and Carson Murphy the same for Class B.

Belfast saw two of its female golfers — Kristina Walker and Alexia Sweet — qualify for the state girls individual championships. Sweet also had qualified for the states in an earlier event.

Also, longtime Lion coach Charles Lagerbom was honored as the league's Class B coach of the year.

Additionally, Camden Hills qualified for the Class A team state championships.

The state team championships will be on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. and state schoolboy and schoolgirl individual championships on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 10 a.m., each at Natanis.

Additionally, Camden Hills was one of a handful of teams from Tuesday's qualifier that earned the right to participate in the league championship shootout on Monday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. the Rockland Golf Club.

The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A state team qualifier scores were: Mount Ararat of Topsham 328, Lewiston 337, Edward Little of Auburn 340, Messalonskee of Oakland 340, Camden Hills 343, Brewer 345, Skowhegan 361, Cony of Augusta 369, Bangor 372, Brunswick 375, Oxford Hills of South Paris 377, Hampden Academy 386, Presque Isle/Caribou 394 and Lawrence of Fairfield 414.

Mount Ararat, Lewiston, Edward Little, Messalonskee and Camden Hills qualified for the states.

Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B state team qualifier scores were: Erskine Academy of South China 327, Gardiner 335, Nokomis of Newport 335, Waterville 346, Medomak Valley 362, Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield 380, Morse of Bath 388, Maranacook of Readfield 390, Oceanside 398, Belfast 409 and Lincoln Academy of Newcastle 411.

Erskine Academy, Gardiner, Nokomis and Waterville qualified for the states.

For Class A boys, Mount Ararat's Caleb Manuel finished first at 68 in the qualifier.

For Class B boys, Waterville's Cody Pellerin and Nokomis' Samuel Smestad tied for first at 75 in the qualifier.

For the girls, Lewiston's Stephanie Rodrique finished first at 76 in Class A and Maine Central Institute's Anna Smith and Nokomis' Lindsey Cote tied for first at 94 in Class B.

The individual scores for Midcoast golfers from Tuesday's league state qualifier included:

Belfast — Walker 98, Sweet 99, Artem Richter 106, Macy Gale 106, Madison Hemingway 112 and Ryan Fitzjurls 121. Walker finished third and Sweet fourth in the girls Class B qualifier.

Camden Hills — Anderson 74, Conlan 84, Jonathan Mohoney 92, Braden Fisher 93, Conor O'Dwyer 97 and Nate Johnson 105. Anderson was second and Conlan tied for 13th among the Class A boys.

Medomak Valley — Brent Stewart 80, Murphy 82, Merritt Gould 99, Sean Sebrey 101, Natalie Stewart 112 and Leighton Winslow 120. Brent Stewart finished eighth and Murphy tied for ninth among the Class B boys. The Stewarts are siblings.

Mount View — Jordan Roux 127.

Oceanside — Abe Lemole 95, Darik Johnson 97, Carter Fogarty 100, Aidan Andrews 106, Trevor Lawry 107 and Teddy Hallett 131.

During regular-season matches, Camden Hills finished 12-0, Medomak Valley and Oceanside 7-5, Belfast 6-6 and Mount View 0-12.

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