Chris Billings, Cheverus, junior: Billings shot a 74 in the state team championship to help the Stags to a third-place finish in Class A. He’s a steady player who figures to have another solid season for the Stags.
Brett Braasch, Thornton Academy, senior: A strong player, Braasch played well in this summer’s Maine Junior Championship to earn a spot on the Maine team for the New England championships. He had a 39.0 stroke average last season.
Tom Buchholz, Greely, senior: Buchholz is one of two players from last season’s top five who sparked the Rangers to a runner-up finish at the Class A state team championship. He shot a 74 in an SMAA preseason tournament at Val Halla.
Jackson Cogger, York, senior: Cogger has been very consistent in early matches, shooting a 37 for nine holes in a recent match with Cape Elizabeth.
Drew Kane, Scarborough, sophomore: Kane has make great strides as a player and is really into the game. He consistently shot in the high 70s and low 80s this summer.
Joe Lesniak, Falmouth, senior: The Yachtsmen’s No. 1 player, he shot a 75 in the Class A state team championship last season. He finished third in the Maine Junior Championship and played in the New England championships.
Drew Long, Camden Hills, junior: Long led the Windjammers at last year’s Class B state tournament with a 73. He brings competitiveness and confidence to his game and is an outstanding putter.
Zack Luce, Portland, senior: A two-time SMAA all-star, Luce had a 38.1 stroke average and was 9-1 in matches last fall. He’s a four-year varsity player who has steadily improved.
Reese McFarlane, Cape Elizabeth, junior: McFarlane, the Maine Sunday Telegram Player of the Year last fall, won the Class B individual title with a 74 and shot a 69 in the team championships. He had the lowest stroke average in the Western Maine Conference.
Daulton Wickenden, Camden Hills, junior: Wickenden shot 76 in the Class B state team championship. He was named to the Maine Sunday Telegram all-state team as a freshman.
– Tom Chard, Staff Writer