High school golf

In blustery battle of unbeatens, Windjammers too steady for Panthers

Anderson nails down medalist honors for fourth straight match to start campaign
By Ken Waltz | Sep 04, 2017
Photo by: Ken Waltz Camden Hills' Cole Anderson hits his tee shot on the second hole at the Samoset Resort Golf Course on Sept. 1 during a high school match against Medomak Valley of Waldoboro. Anderson finished as medalist and the Windjammers beat the Panthers 9-0.

Rockport — When Camden Hills and Medomak Valley high school student-athletes stepped onto the first tee at the cool, blustery, wind-swept Samoset Resort Golf Course on Friday afternoon, Sept. 1 in an early-season battle between unbeaten Midcoast athletic rivals, they must have thought they were about to play the Maine-version of the British Open.

As one Panther said as he navigated shots through and with the stiff wind around the first green, "It feels like we are playing in a PGA tournament."

But, the young golfers stood in the face of adversity, faced the daunting task and, for the most part, persevered in tough, challenging conditions on a course with ever-present trouble left, right and straight ahead.

Click for photos from this match.

When the final putt settled safely into the cup on the ninth green for the handful of hardy student-athletes, host Camden Hills had dominated play, as it sealed a 9-0 victory over Medomak Valley of Waldoboro.

With the victory, the Windjammers, again playing in Class A, but with a mostly Class B schedule this fall, improved to 4-0, while the Panthers dropped to 3-1.

Camden Hills continue to toil in Class A. The Windjammers again are state championship contenders, as they were a few years ago when they won back-to-back Maine Class B titles.

As usual, on Friday, the always-consistent and exceptionally-talented Cole Anderson led the charge for the Windjammers as he shrugged off the daunting conditions to post a 1-under par 33.

The next closest score on the day was carded by Anderson's teammate Braden Fisher at 41.

Anderson, a two-time state Class A individual champion who has won New England tournaments, played in a bundle of national events (including fresh off his participation in the prestigious United States Amateur Championships), has won nearly all of his head-to-head high school matches in three seasons and has been the medalist, or golfer with the lowest score, as he was Friday, in all but one match.

Camden Hills coach Paul MacDonald said Billy Rollins of Messalonskee once edged Anderson 1-up and was medalist in that match, but said he could recall another head-to-head high school match Anderson has lost in three seasons.

On Friday, Camden Hills finished with a four-golfer, nine-hole stroke total of 163, while Medomak Valley was 202. Golfers recorded individual stroke totals and also played match play from hole to hole.

The individual match results, with Windjammers listed first, Anderson (33) beat Brent Stewart (47), 4+2; Fisher (41) beat Carson Murphy (45), 2+1; Conor O'Dwyer (44) beat Sean Sebrey (55), 3+2; Nate Johnson (53) beat Duncan Widdecombe (57), 2+1; Johnathan Mohoney (45) beat Merritt Gould (55), 4+2; and Drew Minery (53) beat Leighton Winslow (72), 4+4.

In exhibition/jayvee matches, with Panthers listed first, Natalie Stewart (59) beat Bryler Fisher (67), 3+2; and Mavrick Young (61) lost to Alex O'Dwyer (58), 2-down.

Camden Hills and Medomak Valley golfers stand on the first tee trying to gauge the tough wind conditions. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Other golfers watch Camden Hills' Braden Fisher hit a tee shot. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Carson Murphy. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Cole Anderson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Cole Anderson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Brent Stewart. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Carson Murphy smiles after making a tough, long, downhill putt on the first green. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Braden Fisher. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Brent Stewart. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Braden Fisher. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Nate Johnson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Nate Johnson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Nate Johnson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Duncan Widdecombe. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Conor O'Dwyer. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Conor O'Dwyer, front, and Nate Johnson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Johnathan Mohoney, left, and Drew Minery, right, as well as Medomak Valley's Merritt Gould, second from left, and Leighton Winslow. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Drew Minery, as a seagull comes in for a landing (appearing to want to eat the golf ball). (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Johnathan Mohoney, left, as well as Medomak Valley's Merritt Gould, middle, and Leighton Winslow. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Johnathan Mohoney. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Johnathan Mohoney. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Leighton Winslow. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Drew Minery. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Alex O'Dwyer. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Bryler Fisher, with a spraying fountain in the background. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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