High school golf

Shootout: Leavitt swings to league title, Belfast, Medomak Valley third

Coed student-athletes lead Hornets to win in KVAC Class B event at Rockland Golf Club
By Ken Waltz | Sep 27, 2019
Photo by: Ken Waltz Medomak Valley's Carson Murphy watches the flight of his tee shot on the sixth hole at the Rockland Golf Course on Sept. 26 in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B shootout, a championship event.

Rockland — The pesky Hornets buzzed around the Rockland Golf Course on Thursday afternoon and behind the steady play of their talented coed student-athletes stung the competition as Leavitt of Turner outshot its foes — including solid squads from Medomak Valley of Waldoboro and Belfast — to capture the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B title.

The shootout, held under overcast, threatening skies and a little wind (it also rained a bit), showcased the incredible talents of the league's best four Class B links teams, including Waterville.

When the final putts had been holed, Leavitt finished first with a four-golfer, nine-hole stroke total of 175 to finish first, while Waterville was second at 186 and Belfast and Medomak Valley tied for third at 189.

The Hornets finished with a 43.75 golfer stroke average, Purple Panthers at 46.5 and Panthers and Lions 47.25.

Watch video and see more photos below.

In the regular season, Belfast finished first in the North Division of KVAC Class B and Medomak Valley second in the South Division. Waterville was second in the North and Leavitt first in the South.

On Thursday, the teenage golfers played the front nine holes at Rockland, a par 35 layout for the boys and par 37 for the girls.

Leavitt's Ruby Haylock and Belfast's Thomas Parker finished at 41 and co-medalists for the event.

The individual scores for the golfers on the teams included:

Leavitt — Haylock, 41; Morghan Dutil, 45; Eli Lind, 43; Billy Visconti, 46; Hayden Pelletier, 48; and Rebekah Davis, 50.

Waterville — Owen Evans, 42; Peter Sack, 46; Charlie Haberstock, 48; Brandon Bearce, 57; David Ramgren, 50; and Alex Spaulding, 58.

Medomak Valley — Carson Murphy, 44; Sean Sebrey, 45; Merritt Gould, 49; Tyler Metcalf, 51; Garret Hutchins, 55; and Adam Berry, 65.

Belfast — Thomas Parker, 41; Tommy Walker, 46; James Ritter, 47; Casey Balicki, 55; Bobby Banks, 57; and Zach Sanderson, 68.

The Class B South regular-season standings were: No. 1 Leavitt (10-0, 84 points), No. 2 Medomak Valley (7-3, 55 points), No. 3 Lincoln Academy of Newcastle (7-3, 55 points), No. 4 Gardiner (6-4, 46.5 points), No. 5 Maranacook of Readfield (3-6, 38 points), No. 6 Erskine Academy of South China (2-8, 29.5 points) and No. 7 Morse of Bath (1-8, 7.5 points).

Earlier in the division playoffs, No. 1 Leavitt received a first-round bye and beat No. 5 Maranacook of Readfield, while No. 2 Medomak Valley beat No. 7 Morse of Bath and No. 6 Erskine Academy of South China to advance to the shootout.

The Class B North regular-season standings were: No. 1 Belfast (8-2, 63 points), No. 2 Waterville (7-3, 61.5 points), No. 3 Oceanside (7-3, 61.5 points), No. 4 Lawrence of Fairfield (4-5, 45.5 points), No. 5 Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield (4-6, 31.5 points), No. 6 Nokomis of Newport (2-7, 18 points) and No. 7 Mount View of Thorndike (0-9, 8 points).

Earlier in the division playoffs, No. 1 Belfast received a first-round bye and beat No. 4 Lawrence of Fairfield, while No. 2 Waterville beat No. 7 Mount View of Thorndike and No. 3 Oceanside of Rockland to advance to the shootout.

During the regular season, teams vie in head-to-head matches with nine points available, one for each of the six individual matches and three for the low four-golfer team stroke total. That is how the overall seasonal points are determined and accumulated.

The upcoming high school tournament schedule includes: Tuesday, Oct. 1, KVAC state qualifier, 10 a.m., Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro; Saturday, Oct. 5, state team championships, 10 a.m., Natanis; and Saturday, Oct. 12, individual state championships, 10 a.m., Natanis.

For the KVAC Class B state qualifier, Medomak Valley, Belfast, Oceanside and Mount View are expected to participate from the Midcoast, while, in the Class A portion of the same tourney, Camden Hills of Rockport also will attempt to qualify.

That event will qualify teams and individuals to the state tourneys.

High school league golf shootout
Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B shootout on Sept. 26 on the Rockland Golf Course. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Zack Miller)
Belfast's Tommy Walker. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Merritt Gould. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Merritt Gould. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Tommy Walker. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Merritt Gould. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Merritt Gould. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Tommy Walker. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Tommy Walker. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's James Ritter. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's James Ritter. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Sean Sebrey. (Photo by: Ken Waltz )
Medomak Valley's Sean Sebrey. (Photo by: Ken Waltz )
Medomak Valley's Sean Sebrey. (Photo by: Ken Waltz )
Medomak Valley's Sean Sebrey. (Photo by: Ken Waltz )
Medomak Valley's Sean Sebrey. (Photo by: Ken Waltz )
Belfast's James Ritter. (Photo by: Ken Waltz )
Belfast's James Ritter. (Photo by: Ken Waltz )
Belfast's James Ritter, left, and Medomak Valley's Sean Sebrey. (Photo by: Ken Waltz )
Young fans take cover behind a tree to avoid the dangers of flying golf balls. (Photo by: Ken Waltz )
Belfast's James Ritter. (Photo by: Ken Waltz )
Medomak Valley's Sean Sebrey. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Thomas Parker. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Thomas Parker. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Carson Murphy. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Carson Murphy. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Thomas Parker. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Thomas Parker. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Carson Murphy. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Thomas Parker. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Carson Murphy. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Carson Murphy. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Thomas Parker. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Thomas Parker. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Carson Murphy. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Carson Murphy. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Thomas Parker. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Garret Hutchins. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Casey Balicki. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Bobby Banks. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Zach Sanderson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Adam Berry. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Tyler Metcalf. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Tyler Metcalf. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Tyler Metcalf. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Bobby Banks. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Bobby Banks. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Tyler Metcalf. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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