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Hilchey, McLellan tee up in state junior championships

St. George golfer, Windjammer student-athlete ties for ninth in 16-18 age division
By Staff | Aug 02, 2020

Gorham — A couple of young, talented Midcoast golfers participated in the state junior championships two recent days at the Gorham Country Club.

Parker Hilchey of St. George, fresh of making the cut at the prestigious Maine Men's Amateur, finished tied for ninth in the boys 16-18 age division during the two-day, 36-hole stroke-play event on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 28-29.

Noah McLellan of Rockland also placed 16th in the 14-15 age division.

For those ages 16-18, Hilchey, a member of the Samoset Resort Golf Club and student-athlete for the Camden Hills Regional High School golf team, finished at 76-73—149 (+7), tied for ninth.

Sean Sebrey of Union, a Medomak Valley High School student-athlete and member of the Rockland Golf Club, registered to play but did not start.

For those ages 14-15, McLellan, a Rockland Golf Club member who will attend Oceanside High School in the fall, finished 97-101—198 for 16th in the division.

Also of local interest, Kellen Adickes of Bristol, who often plays out of the Samoset, withdrew from the event.

On another perfect day for golf at Gorham CC on July 29, seven state champions were crowned in their age brackets at the 2020 Maine Junior Championship, hosted by the Maine State Golf Association.

In dramatic fashion, there were hole outs, aces and stellar play from the field.

When the dust settled, winning the overall Maine junior titles were Caleb Manuel of Topsham for boys and Lindsay Cote of Newport for girls.

The boys 16-18 age division proved a tight race between the overnight front-runners Armand Ouellette of Saco and Manuel. Manuel started the final day one stroke back, and both golfers birdied the first hole to extend their lead on the field. They exchanged blows all day, as the advantage never shifted to more than two shots in either player’s favor. After Manuel bogeyed 16 and Ouellette bogeyed 17, the two came to the 18th hole tied at -6 for the tournament.

Both hit solid tee shots on the reachable par-5 18th, and Ouellette played first, as he hit a beautiful 3-wood to 15 feet of the hole. Manuel (67-66—133) stepped up and hit the shot of the tournament, if not the year in Maine. From 193 yards, he hit a towering 6-iron that never left the stick and rolled in like a putt for a walk-off albatross.

Ouellette (66-68—134) proceeded to roll in his eagle putt in front of the crowd for a round of 68 to finish the tournament at -8. Manuel ended up with a final round 66 for a two-day total of 133 (-9).

In the girls 16-18 age division, overnight leader Cote birdied the first two holes and never looked back, as she took the title by four strokes by day’s end. The 17-year-old fired 77 after an opening 72 for a two-day total of 149 (+7), beating recent Maine Women’s Amateur champion Ruby Haylock of Hartford, who shot rounds of 77-76—153

The girls 14-15 division also was won by the overnight leader, as Ruth Weeks of Cumberland improved on her opening 85 with a score of 77. Her two-round total of 162 was good enough to beat runner-up Jade Haylock of Hartford (86-82—168), sister of Ruby, by six strokes.

McKenna Castle claimed the title in the girls 13-and-under division. Playing nine holes on Gorham’s back nine each day, Castle shot rounds of 48-59—107 to win.

The boys 12-13 division came down to the final hole as one stroke separated Joe Hansen of Cumberland and Marc Twombly of Scarborough. Hansen (82-77) managed to make a clutch birdie to finish a round of 77 for a two-day score of 159. Twombly (78-84) was runner-up at 162.

The other shot heard around the course on Wednesday came from 11-year-old Charlie Sands of Groham, who made a hole-in-one on the 13th hole.

Eli Spaulding of Freeport took home the crystal in the boys 14-15 division in dominant fashion, winning his age group by six shots. With rounds of 77-74—151 he finished ahead of Elwood Moore IV of Pittsfield (81-76) at 157.

The boys 11-and-under division also came down to the final hole of the tourney. Drew Mertzel of Winthrop (38-41—79) rolled in a 10-foot breaking putt for a 41 on Gorham’s back nine. Paired with a 38 the previous day, his two-day total of 79 beat Carson Veilleux of Auburn (39-41—80) by one stroke.

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