Golf – Press Herald http://www.pressherald.com Fri, 24 Nov 2017 09:00:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 High school golf: Anderson, Thompson continue their reigns http://www.pressherald.com/2017/10/14/high-school-golf-anderson-on-top-a-third-time-with-share-of-class-a-state-title/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/10/14/high-school-golf-anderson-on-top-a-third-time-with-share-of-class-a-state-title/#respond Sat, 14 Oct 2017 21:22:38 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/10/14/high-school-golf-anderson-on-top-a-third-time-with-share-of-class-a-state-title/ VASSALBORO — Cole Anderson had company atop the leaderboard Saturday at Natanis Golf Course. A little too much for comfort, in fact.

The Camden Hills junior shared a piece of his third consecutive Class A individual golf state championship, tying Scarborough’s Anthony Burnham with a 2-under 70 on the Tomahawk layout as the two golfers finished as co-champions.

“I think because Anthony and I are both super-competitive people, we’d both love to go out and play a playoff right now,” Anderson said. “If there’s anyone I’d be happy to share it with, it’s Anthony. He’s a good kid and I like him a lot, and he played well today.”

Anderson became just the third golfer in Class A history to win three straight state championships – joining Ryan Gay of Gardiner (2006-08) and Kevin MacDonald of Morse (1990-92). Gay tied for all three of his titles, while Anderson won his first two outright.

“We’ll come back next year and try and complete the streak,” Anderson said. “I wasn’t thinking about it. I just wanted to win today.”

Elizabeth Lacognata of Scarborough was the girls’ champion, Cape Elizabeth’s Austin Legge won Class B boys, and Logan Thompson of Mattanawcook won Class C boys for the fourth consecutive season.

Thompson posted the day’s low round, carding a 6-under 66 on the Arrowhead course. His round contained three eagles, all on Arrowhead’s front nine, which were the final nine holes he played after starting on No. 10.

“After the front nine I had, it definitely surprised me,” Thompson said. “On No. 4, I threw a close one in on my second shot and made an eagle putt. That got my round going.”

Anderson, who birdied four of his first seven holes, played in a group with Lucas Roop of Gorham, the 2016 runner-up, Thornton’s Amand Ouellette and Mt. Ararat’s Caleb Manuel. Every member of the foursome wound up in the top five, as Roop placed third with a 72, followed by Ouellette (73) and Manuel (74).

The emergence of Burnham came as a bit of a surprise, though Anderson felt as though his 70 wasn’t going to be enough to win the Class A title.

“That’s the downside to a one-day tournament, is that you can’t tell who’s going to be in it and who isn’t going to be,” Anderson said. “You’ve just got to go out and try and go as low as possible.

“I did that well for the first seven, and then I faltered. I sort of knew – I had a gut feeling – that it wasn’t going to be enough.”

Burnham said playing in a different group from Anderson helped his game.

“I played pretty steady with pars and birdies,” he said. “I really focus on one shot at a time and keeping present-moment focus. As long as I do that, I can play my game.”

Legge, a junior, beat Cape Elizabeth teammate Ryan Collins by three strokes, joining Anderson and Burnham as the only golfers to play Tomahawk under par.

Sam Smestad of Nokomis finished third in Class B, five shots off the lead.

Kents Hill’s Mitchell Tarrio was the Class C runner-up, five shots behind Thompson. Carson Veilleux of Forest Hills and Jacob Gaudin of Dirigo tied for third at 77.

Lacognata, a senior, ran away with the girls’ title as she blitzed through her front nine in 6 under. She was 4 over for her last nine holes, but still finished three shots better than Jordan Laplume of Thornton Academy. Rachel Smith of Greely was third with an 80.

“The back was definitely a haul,” said Lacognata. “I knew once I hit the back nine, it was a game of everything I’ve been practicing and battling through the nerves. I was just trying to keep my standing in the position I knew I was in.”

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High school golf: Scarborough captures Class A team championship http://www.pressherald.com/2017/10/07/high-school-golf-scarborough-captures-class-a-team-championship/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/10/07/high-school-golf-scarborough-captures-class-a-team-championship/#respond Sat, 07 Oct 2017 20:07:52 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/10/07/high-school-golf-scarborough-captures-class-a-team-championship/ VASSALBORO — A year ago, the Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth golf teams both felt the disappointment of coming up short after being deemed favorites going into the team state championships.

Apparently the tag was just applied a year too soon.

Scarborough compiled an impressive score of 305 to edge SMAA rival Cheverus by three strokes for the Class A championship, and Cape Elizabeth blew away the Class B field by 24 strokes with a score of 319 at Natanis Golf Course.

Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln won its third straight Class C title by a 14-stroke margin.

Scarborough had five strong rounds, with no player shooting worse than 80, led by Anthony Burnham’s even-par 72. Burnham’s eagle on the par-4 ninth hole, when he spun a 140-yard 9-iron about 10 feet back and into the hole, was the day’s most significant shot.

“That’s the hardest hole out here. An eagle on that hole is almost a four-shot difference over the rest of the field,” said Scarborough Coach Mike Murphy. “The scoring average on that hole has to be 5-plus.”

“It was a team effort and everybody did their part, and I think we all played great,” Burnham said.

Thirty-one five-person teams qualified for the state tournament – 11 in Class A and 10 each in B and C. Class A and B teams played on the 6,077-yard Tomahawk course, while Class C teams played the 5,876-yard Arrowhead course. Both are par-72 layouts.

Each team counted its four best scores. Among the 143 total players were 12 girls, including Scarborough senior Elizabeth Lacognata, who shot 74. When Scarborough finished fourth in 2016 – six shots behind champions Gorham – Lacognata’s round of 87 counted as the Red Storm’s fourth score.

“On my part, I’m a whole different golfer than I was last year,” Lacognata said. “I worked really hard this past summer. I just didn’t really have the practice that I needed (last year) to be a good player at that point.”

Scarborough’s other players were Ian Trumpler, who shot 79, and Cam Chamberlain and Ethan Mason, both with 80s.

“Really, all five of those players came through,” Murphy said. “It’s a one-(day) deal and you never know. We didn’t finish the deal last year, and this year, a 305 is a fantastic score in a state championship situation.”

With players scattered across the courses after a shotgun start, teams scores are next-to-impossible to ascertain while play is in progress. For most of the round, the speculation was that the Class A title would be between Scarborough and SMAA champion Thornton Academy, which wound up third with a score of 314, led by sophomore Armand Ouellette’s 75.

It turned out Cheverus was Scarborough’s most serious challenger, especially after the Stags’ No. 3 player, Conner MacDonald, posted a 72 to tie Burnham and Mt. Ararat’s Caleb Manuel for Class A medalist honors. Cheverus also got sub-80 rounds from Tom Higgins (75) and Jeremy Baker (79), while Nick Giancotti shot 82.

“It comes down to (three strokes), but everyone bogeyed their last hole of the day, so there’s your difference,” said Cheverus Coach A.J. Simokaitis.

Working for every shot was something Cape Elizabeth focused on this season, according to senior Ryan Collins, who shot a team-low 76.

Senior Max Altznauer (83) and juniors Chris Laprade (77), Austin Legge (83) and Mia Spencer (91) also competed for the Capers. Collins, Altznauer and Legge were part of Cape’s 2015 championship team.

“You’ve got to stay in it the whole time. That’s kind of what we were preaching on the bus ride up,” said Collins. “Austin Legge shot 83. He had two triple (bogeys), but he stayed in it. He made some birdies after that. That’s kind of what we needed.”

“I feel like winning it as sophomores really put (expectations) on us as juniors, and we didn’t really pull through with the win,” Altznauer said. “This year, I was practicing a lot. I have blisters all over my hands. I was really grinding, especially toward the end of the year as states were coming around. It just meant a lot. There’s a lot of sentimental value to this trophy.”

Nokomis was second in Class B with a score of 343, and Waterville placed third at 346. Defending champion Erskine Academy, which uses Natanis as its home course, was fourth at 351. Every Class B team except Cape Elizabeth had to count at least one score in the 90s or higher.

In Class C, Mattanawcook was led by three-time individual champion Logan Thompson, who shot a 2-under 70, and Max Woodman with a 75. The Lynx scored 326 as a team. Houlton was the runner-up at 340.

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or:

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Maine’s high school golf rosters show that the sport is no longer a boys’ club http://www.pressherald.com/2017/10/07/maines-high-school-golf-rosters-show-that-the-sport-is-no-longer-a-boys%e2%80%89club/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/10/07/maines-high-school-golf-rosters-show-that-the-sport-is-no-longer-a-boys%e2%80%89club/#respond Sat, 07 Oct 2017 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1267492 The number of girls playing high school golf in Maine has doubled over the past 15 years, bucking a decline in boy golfers and participation in high school sports overall.

“And I would state that the overall quality of golf with those girls is significantly higher,” said Brian Bickford, head pro at Val Halla Golf Course in Cumberland and the golf coach at Greely High.

On Saturday, several of Maine’s top young female golfers will play a significant role in determining the outcome at the state team championships at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro – while playing alongside the boys.

Last season, 130 girls played high school golf in Maine, accounting for more than 11 percent of all participants. Sixty of the state’s 99 teams had at least one girl, and 36 teams had two or more.

In 2002, only 68 girls played golf, making up 4.5 percent of all high school golfers. Since then, participation by boys is down by 27 percent, mirroring a decline in most sports as high school enrollments have dropped in Maine.

The growth among female golfers has been spurred by local, state and national efforts to encourage girls to take up the sport.

“I think they’re making more of an impact now because there’s more opportunity for them to learn and play in the summertime,” said Sue Wootton, who chairs the junior golf committee for the Women’s Maine State Golf Association.

The number of golfers in the United States has dropped from a high of 30 million in 2003 to roughly 25 million in the past few years, according to annual surveys conducted by the National Golf Foundation, prompting national organizations to try to bring more women to golf.

“As an association, meaning the PGA of America, we’ve understood that the men have stayed steady and they’re still going to play, but if we are going to grow the game, we are going to grow it on the female side,” said Abby Spector, a four-time state girls’ champ at Waterville High (1995-98) and the director of instruction at Riverside Golf Course in Portland.

Elizabeth Lacognata, left, and Jordan Laplume talk at Sable Oaks before the start of the SMAA tournament. Laplume, a senior and Thornton Academy’s No. 1 player, started playing competitively before high school and believes that more girls will continue joining the sport. Staff photo by Brianna Soukup

When Spector was in high school, the Maine Principals’ Association changed a rule regarding where girls tee off in matches. Previously they had used the forward or “ladies tees.” But Spector was such an accomplished player that she had what was perceived as an unfair advantage, especially on par 5s and par 3s.

So from the mid-90s through 2013, the “Abby Spector” rule called for girls to play from the same tees as boys.

The MPA reversed that rule in 2014. Girls now tee off from the forward tees.

“From there you can see the interest has gone up,” Thornton Academy golf coach Jeff Camire said.

Bailey Plourde, the girls’ individual high school champion in 2014-16, played from the back tees as a freshman at Lincoln Academy. Now a freshman at Centre College in Kentucky, she said the rule change “definitely got more girls playing because they were not intimidated by playing against the boys.

“I personally know girls that quit because they did not want to play from the back tees since the guys were getting such a huge advantage. I couldn’t imagine what it would have been like if I was a beginner playing against a guy that could hit the ball 200 yards more than me. It would have been such a mental block.”

Elizabeth Lacognata, second from right, gathers with her teammates before the SMAA Championship at Sable Oaks Golf Course. Maine has about 400 fewer boys playing high school golf than in 2002, but girls’ participation is on the upswing. Staff photo by Brianna Soukup

Jordan Laplume, a senior, is the No. 1 player at Thornton Academy, which won the SMAA Central Division regular-season title. She started playing competitively before high school and as a sophomore was part of Thornton’s 2015 championship team.

“Starting young, playing all the (Maine State Golf Association) tournaments, I got a really good group of girl friends playing golf. The MSGA was a huge part of that,” said Laplume, who finished third at the 2017 Maine Women’s Amateur.

“I’ve loved to see the girls’ golf growing. I think the Maine Women’s Amateur is huge, too, because there are a lot of older ladies who love supporting all the younger girls who play.”

Scarborough High, another top contender in Class A, features long-hitting senior Elizabeth Lacognata as its No. 2 player. Her first competitive golf experience came at the high school level.

“There’s such a great group of girls, and we’ve all grown (from) being really good friends and also the competition between each other,” said Lacognata, who finished fourth at the Maine Women’s Amateur in July. “Obviously we all have that urge to win. So every time we go and play, we all try to bring our best game and try to beat each other, and slowly it just made us rise to the top of both boys and girls.”

The increase in girls playing golf runs counter to several state participation trends. There are nearly 400 fewer boys playing high school golf now than in 2002. In the past decade, many high school sports in Maine – including autumn staples football, soccer and field hockey – have seen overall participation decline by several hundred students. The statewide enrollment at public high schools has decreased by nearly 11,000 students – or 16.2 percent – over the decade.

Nationally, girls’ participation in high school golf has grown by 22 percent, while boys’ participation has dropped by 13 percent.

Laplume believes the growth of girls playing high school golf in Maine will continue. She is trying to do her part to encourage the next wave.

“Every year in the MSGA events there are a couple of new girls that play and I’ll try to introduce myself every time,” she said.

Teaching pros such as Spector and Bickford are growing girls’ golf at the club level by promoting girls-only programs.

“Girls get other girls into the sport. It has to be a social thing,” Spector said.

“They don’t want to be the only girl with a bunch of boys,” Bickford said. “Here at Val Halla I try to hire the high school girls to run the girls’ program so you create that mentorship, and that works well.”

With more girls playing, the level of play has improved, prompting the MPA to lower the score needed to enter the girls’ individual tournament from 110 to 100 (the boys’ qualifying standard is 90).

“We have more and more girls qualifying than we’ve ever had,” said Gerry Durgin, a former MPA assistant executive director who oversees the state golf tournaments. “This is the first year we dropped it to 100, and again that’s a compliment to the young ladies.”

Steve Craig can be contacted at 791-6413 or at:

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Twitter: SteveCCraig

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Golf preview: Thornton Academy has twin threats http://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/07/golf-thornton-academy-has-twin-threats/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/07/golf-thornton-academy-has-twin-threats/#respond Thu, 07 Sep 2017 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1251665 SACO — Jacob and Jordan Laplume, twin brother and sister, seem inseparable. The 17-year-old high school seniors drive to school together. They work at the same restaurant. They hang out together by choice.

And for the second straight year they’ll spend most of the high school golf season together as the top two players on a strong Thornton Academy team.

Jordan is Thornton’s No. 1 player and team captain. She’s been in the Golden Trojans’ top five since her freshman season. Jacob also has been on the varsity for four seasons. He saw some regular-season action his first two years and moved up to No. 2 as a junior.

Thornton Coach Jeff Camire said he has no plans to split up the Laplumes at the top of his lineup but admits he initially worried about the pairing.

“I said, ‘You need to be honest with me: Can you play together? You’re brother and sister and I can’t have you nagging each other,’ ” Camire recalled.

Camire laughs about it now. It turns out the “twin thing,” works for the Laplumes and for Thornton.

“During matches, against other teams, I honestly think the match between me and her is more fun to keep track of,” said Jacob, the older twin by two minutes. “It’s always a competition to see who wins between us. You know, she wins more than me but …”

“We’re both really competitive with each other because we’re both really consistent, I think,” Jordan quickly added.

The Laplumes grew up playing golf together, learning the game from their father, George.

“He’s still the only one to give us lessons,” Jordan said.

Their mom, Lisa Laplume, also plays a bit.

Jordan has become the unquestioned leader on a team that expects to contend for the Class A title, which it won in 2015. Thornton was seventh in 2016 but returns its top eight players and added a talented transfer at No. 4, Jan Berger.

Golf is Jordan’s primary sport and she hopes to play in college. She also enters her senior season as one of the top contenders to win the girls’ individual title. She’s placed in the top five at the state tournament each of the three previous years and was third in 2016 behind since-graduated co-winners Bailey Plourde (Lincoln Academy) and Erin Holmes (Greely).

“I want to have a good record this year. I want to win team states, that would be a great accomplishment, and maybe even win individuals this year,” Jordan said. “I’ve worked really hard these past four years so winning individuals would be like a dream come true for me.”

At 5-foot-7, Jacob is 5 inches taller than his sister. He’s a baseball-first guy, a fleet center fielder who would like to play in college. But he takes his golf seriously and like his sister, routinely shoots around par. He was a first-team SMAA Central Division pick and finished seventh in the boys’ individual tournament as a junior, his first year competing in the event.

“Last year was my first chance out of my high school golf career to get a chance to qualify for myself. I got the chance and I did qualify and I finished seventh. So this year I’d like to beat that,” Jacob said.

He’s also proud of his sister’s accomplishements and glad she’s the team captain.

“My other friends who don’t golf ask me, ‘Is your sister better than you at golf?’ and I say, ‘Yeah, she is,’ ” Jacob said. “She’s the captain, she’s the (No.) 1 man on the team. I’m the (No.) 2 for a reason and she deserved that. So I’m not going to get mad because she’s the captain. She deserved it.”

Thornton is off to a 3-0 start, which includes a 13-0 win at its home course, Biddeford-Saco Country Club, against defending Class A champion Gorham.

The team includes a strong No. 3 player in sophomore Armand Ouellette. In the opener against Westbrook (also a 13-0 sweep), Ouellette’s nine-hole score of 35 was two strokes better than the Laplumes, who tied each other with 1-over 37s.

Ouellette said, “it’s not about what spot we’re playing in,” and agreed that Jordan is the right person to be Thornton’s team leader.

“She sets the best tone in practice. She brings intensity to practice every day and matches, obviously,” Ouellette said. “And she doesn’t flame out too often where some of us on the team can be more emotionally volatile.”

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or:

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Twitter: SteveCCraig

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Golf: Teams to watch http://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/07/golf-teams-to-watch/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/07/golf-teams-to-watch/#respond Thu, 07 Sep 2017 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1251666 1. Thornton Academy: The Golden Trojans return their top eight players led by the twin combo of Jordan and her brother Jacob Laplume, and talented sophomore Armand Ouellette. Thornton has already beaten defending Class A state champ Gorham, 13-0. Seniors Matt Merrill and Eric Boucher were in the top five last year for a team that finished seventh at the Class A tourney. Jan Berger, a talented junior transfer from the Czech Republic, has been the No. 4 player in opening matches. Thornton is the Class A favorite.

2. Falmouth: The Yachtsmen return three of their five scoring players from last season’s Class A third-place team in seniors Matt Adamowicz (a first-team SMAA Northern division pick), Riley Lonsdale (second-team SMAA) and Charlie Emple. The emergence of sophomore Tyler Baker, No. 1 in a season-opening win against Scarborough, and senior No. 5 player Louis Mainella (team-best 38 in Tuesday’s win against Deering) gives Falmouth five players capable of breaking 80 for 18 holes.

3. Scarborough: In the opener, a 13-0 sweep of a solid Portland squad, all six players shot 40 or better on the par-36 front nine at Riverside, and top player Anthony Burnham didn’t even tee it up. Senior Elizabeth Lacognata is one of the best girls in the state, and the team also returns seniors Ian Trumpler and Ethan Mason, and sophomore Ted Forsley from the 2016 team that finished fourth in Class A.

4. Mt. Ararat: The Eagles return the top four players from a squad that finished second in Class A last season, losing to Gorham in a tiebreaker. Sophomore Caleb Manuel is one of the most consistent young golfers in the state. Also returning are Will Kavanaugh, Ben Hixson and Blair Kopp. The team is further strengthened by the improved play of junior Cade Charron, who has moved up to the No. 2 spot.

5. Cheverus: The Stags’ top three of Tom Higgins – a junior and 2016 first-team SMAA North pick – senior Conner MacDonald and long-hitting junior Jeremy Baker return from a team that was sixth in Class A. John Welch was medalist at last year’s state qualifier with a par 72. Unseating Falmouth and Scarborough to win the North is unlikely but a return to the state tournament is not.

– Steve Craig

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Golfers to watch http://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/07/golfers-to-watch/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/07/golfers-to-watch/#respond Thu, 07 Sep 2017 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1251669 Cole Anderson, Camden Hills junior: Already a two-time Class A state champion, Anderson has taken his game to another level over the past year. He verbally committed to play for Florida State, won the New England Junior PGA championship, qualified for and competed in the U.S. Amateur, and won the American Junior Golf Association event at Sugarloaf Resort against an international field by six strokes.

Anthony Burnham, Scarborough junior: Like Anderson, Burnham was a Maine Sunday Telegram all-state pick in 2016 after a strong season as the Red Storm’s No. 1 player and tying for third in the Class A tournament. He’ll again play in the top spot for Scarborough.

Reed Foehl, Portland senior: A very consistent player and returning all-state pick, Foehl was sixth last year at the Class A individual tournament after averaging 37.9 shots per nine-hole round in the regular season.

Ian Jarvis, Bonny Eagle junior: A returning first-team pick in the competitive SMAA Central, Jarvis has opened this season by shooting three straight sub-40 rounds to earn medalist against Windham, Greely, and Thornton.

Elizabeth Lacognata, Scarborough senior: Extremely long off the tee, the athletic Lacognata tied for fourth in the 2016 girls’ individual championship. Since then she’s improved her short game and gained competitive experience, finishing tied for second at the Maine Junior event and fourth at the Maine Women’s Amateur.

Jordan Laplume, Thornton Academy senior: Thornton’s captain is in her second season at the No. 1 position and has finished in the top five in the girls’ individual competition for three straight years, including placing third in 2016. She’s coming off a strong summer that included placing third in the Maine Women’s Amateur.

Caleb Manuel, Mt. Ararat sophomore: A returning all-state player, Manuel tied for third in Class A as a freshman. He’s grown some and added length off the tee but his best traits stem from his top-notch mechanics and cool demeanor. Manuel did not get to play as much this summer because he was recovering from a broken ankle.

Alex McGonagle, Deering senior: Deering’s top player finished tied for seventh in the 2016 Class A individual tournament and showed Tuesday he’s ready to compete with a 2-under round in a home loss to Falmouth.

Lucas Roop, Gorham senior: The Class A runner-up as a junior, he’ll again team with classmate Ryan Kaczmarek to give the Rams a formidable 1-2 punch at the top of the lineup. Roop won the Maine Junior title this summer, beating Tom Higgins of Cheverus in a playoff.

Rachel Smith, Greely junior: Smith will move into the No. 1 spot for the Rangers this season after two years as a top-five player. A year ago she tied for the team’s low round as Greely finished fifth at the Class A state meet, then tied for sixth in the girls’ individual tournament.

– Steve Craig

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Girls’ golf: Bailey Plourde, Lincoln Academy http://www.pressherald.com/2016/12/18/girls-golfer-of-the-year-bailey-plourde-lincoln-academy/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/12/18/girls-golfer-of-the-year-bailey-plourde-lincoln-academy/#respond Sun, 18 Dec 2016 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1125228 When Bailey Plourde is playing her best golf, she’s among the top female players in Maine, regardless of age.

This year at the high school state championships, the 17-year-old senior from Newcastle and Lincoln Academy showed she’s tough to beat even when struggling.

Plourde, the defending girls’ champion, was pushing too many shots to the right through the first nine holes and found herself trailing longtime rival Erin Holmes of Greely.

“Through the first nine holes, there were not a lot of shots where I was happy with the result, but when making the turn I took a deep breath and broke down my swing,” Plourde said. “On the back nine, I was able to adjust my swing a little and get more shots that I was happy with. If I hadn’t been able to move past those bad shots on the front, I couldn’t have adjusted.”

When Holmes birdied the 18th hole, Plourde stood over her own birdie putt knowing she needed to make it to post match Holmes at 1-over 73 and earn a share of her third state championship.

“My approach wasn’t the best, but I had the confidence I could make the putt,” Plourde said.

She rolled it in to forge the tie, ending her high school career with consecutive titles to go with the crown she won as a freshman. It also capped a season in which she was undefeated as Lincoln’s No. 1 player (9-0) and had a nine-hole stroke average of 37.4, and earned her a repeat selection as Maine Sunday Telegram Girls’ Golfer of the Year.

“When she gets upset with herself or a particular shot, she grinds it out,” said Lincoln Coach Todd Brackett. “She focuses that much more.”

Playing competitive golf at a high level is nothing new to Plourde, who started golfing when she was 5 and calls Samoset Resort her home course.

This summer, Plourde won the Maine Junior Championship at Val Halla Golf Course, then finished second in the Maine Women’s Amateur at Penobscot Valley Country Club.

Plourde said she’s worked hard over her high school career to improve her short game, particularly her chipping from within 50 yards.

“Her basics and her foundation are good but her short game is phenomenal,” said Brackett, who often plays against Plourde in practice situations. “Just when you think you’re going to go one-up on her and you’ve got a 4-footer for birdie, she rolls in her 15-footer.”

Plourde is looking forward to playing in college, in part because she wants to experience being part of a women’s team and playing competitive golf around the country. She hasn’t made a decision yet but is looking seriously at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, a Division III program that was nationally ranked in 2016.

In Maine high school golf, there are no girls’ teams, meaning Plourde is usually matched up against a boy in the team events.

“Playing against the guys during the school season has become a routine and doesn’t bother me much,” Plourde said. “I wouldn’t say beating them has become a routine because I could have lost at any point during the season. No match is a given win. But don’t get me wrong, I love winning, especially against the guys.”

Telegram All-State team

Cole Anderson, Camden Hills sophomore: The 2015 Telegram Player of the Year, he won his second consecutive Class A title with a 1-over 73.

Anthony Burnham, Scarborough sophomore: Burnham shot a team-low 76 to help the Red Storm place fourth in Class A, then tied for third in the Class A individual championship with a 75. Burnham was a first-team All-SMAA Northern Division pick.

Eric Dugas, Maine Central Institute senior: Dugas won the Class B title by 4 strokes with a 1-over 73. His round of 74 was the best score during the Class B team competition.

Reed Foehl, Portland junior: He placed sixth in the Class A individual championship with a 77 and was a first-team All-SMAA Northern Division choice.

Erin Holmes, Greely senior: Holmes tied Bailey Plourde for the girls’ individual championship with a 73, making a birdie on the final hole. The state runner-up as a junior, Holmes helped Greely finish fifth in Class A.

Caleb Manuel, Mt. Ararat freshman: Manuel led the Eagles to a Class A runner-up finish with a 73, then backed that up with 3-over 75 to tie for third in the state individual championship.

Bailey Plourde, Lincoln Academy senior: The Maine Sunday Telegram girls’ golfer of the year, she birdied the final hole to tie Erin Holmes of Greely for the girls’ championship. It was Plourde’s second straight and third overall; she finished second as a sophomore. Plourde also won the Maine Junior title this summer.

Lucas Roop, Gorham junior: The Class A runner-up with a 74, Roop shot a 79 during the team championship to help the Rams nip Mt. Ararat in a tiebreaker for the Class A title.

Lauren Schonewolf, Cape Elizabeth senior: She tied for fourth in the individual championship with a 78 and helped the Capers to a Class B runner-up finish with a 79.

Logan Thompson, Mattanawcook Academy junior: The Maine Sunday Telegram boys’ golfer of the year won his third straight Class C title with a 5-under 67. The week before, he shot a 68 to lead the Lynx to a second straight team title. Thompson was the Maine Junior champion this summer and is a three-time all-state selection.

Coach of the Year

Mark Bailey, Erskine Academy: Bailey’s team had four players shoot 80 or better to win the Class B title by eight strokes over defending champion Cape Elizabeth. It was Erskine’s first golf championship.

 

 

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Boys’ golf: Logan Thompson, Mattanawcook Academy http://www.pressherald.com/2016/12/18/boys-golfer-of-the-year-logan-thompson-of-mattanawcook-academy/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/12/18/boys-golfer-of-the-year-logan-thompson-of-mattanawcook-academy/#respond Sun, 18 Dec 2016 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1125230 Bill McCarthy, the Mattanawcook Academy athletic director, knows Logan Thompson’s primary sport is golf.

After all, the slender junior won his third straight Class C championship this fall with a 5-under-par 67. Considering that Thompson beat his closest challenger by eight strokes and is determined to keep improving, he’s a good bet to become Maine’s first four-time boys’ golf champion.

“It just raises some expectations and the goals are going to be higher for myself, and I just have to work harder to try to reach those,” Thompson said.

But when McCarthy thinks about Thompson’s ability to perform in the clutch, he remembers a moment in Thompson’s freshman season of basketball. “I was an assistant coach then,” McCarthy said. “For a variety of reasons, our varsity team was without several starters. We were in a close game and we drew up a play and asked, ‘who wants to shoot it?'”

All the older players deferred. Thompson, at the time 5-foot-3 and barely 90 pounds, piped up.

“Logan said, ‘I’ll shoot it,'” McCarthy said. “He got fouled before he could get the shot off, but it just shows what he’s made of. He’s just so calm in pressure situations.”

Thompson played with extreme confidence this fall. He shot a 4-under 68 to lead Mattanawcook to its second straight Class C team title, then returned to the Arrowhead course at Natanis the following Saturday and went one stroke lower.

“I never try to get too high or too low. I just try to stay even-keeled,” Thompson said. “It helps when things aren’t going well that you can stay calm, and then when things are going right, you can build confidence.”

For his championship efforts, as well as an undefeated regular-season in which he posted a nine-hole scoring average of 35.6, Thompson is the Maine Sunday Telegram Boys’ Golfer of the Year.

Thompson was the only golfer to break par in either the team or individual state tournaments. He played the shorter of the 18-hole courses at Natanis while the Class A and B players were on the longer Tomahawk layout, but consider this: Playing against the best junior golfers in Maine this summer, including Class A champion Cole Anderson of Camden Hills, Thompson won the Maine Junior Championship by five strokes.

“He’s methodical,” said Mattanawcook Coach Ryan Libby. “He’s like a machine. He hits it down the middle, knocks it on the green and usually has a birdie putt. If he makes it, he takes his birdie, and if not, he two-putts for par.”

Thompson, who is now 5-9 and 125 pounds, is also hitting it longer – about 40 yards further off the tee than he did as a freshman – without losing any of his vaunted accuracy. That’s allowed him to become strategically aggressive.

“Accuracy is a strength,” Thompson said. “I’ve worked really hard to be able to hit the ball straight. A big thing is you have to stay out of trouble the best you can.”

Thompson is still a three-sport athlete – he starts as an outfielder in baseball – but is intent on raising his profile this summer by playing in more junior tournaments, both in Maine and in American Junior Golf Association events.

“One of my goals for right now is to try to get to a Division I college and play on a golf team,” Thompson said. “I’ve gotten a few letters from some colleges, no Division I colleges yet, and I’ll have to work on my game.”

Along the way, hopefully win his fourth individual championship.

“He’s accomplished a lot, so I kept expecting a little bit of a letdown,” Libby said, “but he’s just relentless. I think next year he’ll be just as focused and he’ll want to end his career with people saying he’s the best golfer to come through this part of the state.”

Telegram All-State team

Cole Anderson, Camden Hills sophomore: The 2015 Telegram Player of the Year, he won his second consecutive Class A title with a 1-over 73.

Anthony Burnham, Scarborough sophomore: Burnham shot a team-low 76 to help the Red Storm place fourth in Class A, then tied for third in the Class A individual championship with a 75. Burnham was a first-team All-SMAA Northern Division pick.

Eric Dugas, Maine Central Institute senior: Dugas won the Class B title by 4 strokes with a 1-over 73. His round of 74 was the best score during the Class B team competition.

Reed Foehl, Portland junior: He placed sixth in the Class A individual championship with a 77 and was a first-team All-SMAA Northern Division choice.

Erin Holmes, Greely senior: Holmes tied Bailey Plourde for the girls’ individual championship with a 73, making a birdie on the final hole. The state runner-up as a junior, Holmes helped Greely finish fifth in Class A.

Caleb Manuel, Mt. Ararat freshman: Manuel led the Eagles to a Class A runner-up finish with a 73, then backed that up with 3-over 75 to tie for third in the state individual championship.

Bailey Plourde, Lincoln Academy senior: The Maine Sunday Telegram girls’ golfer of the year, she birdied the final hole to tie Erin Holmes of Greely for the girls’ championship. It was Plourde’s second straight and third overall; she finished second as a sophomore. Plourde also won the Maine Junior title this summer.

Lucas Roop, Gorham junior: The Class A runner-up with a 74, Roop shot a 79 during the team championship to help the Rams nip Mt. Ararat in a tiebreaker for the Class A title.

Lauren Schonewolf, Cape Elizabeth senior: She tied for fourth in the individual championship with a 78 and helped the Capers to a Class B runner-up finish with a 79.

Logan Thompson, Mattanawcook Academy junior: The Maine Sunday Telegram boys’ golfer of the year won his third straight Class C title with a 5-under 67. The week before, he shot a 68 to lead the Lynx to a second straight team title. Thompson was the Maine Junior champion this summer and is a three-time all-state selection.

Coach of the Year

Mark Bailey, Erskine Academy: Bailey’s team had four players shoot 80 or better to win the Class B title by eight strokes over defending champion Cape Elizabeth. It was Erskine’s first golf championship.

 

 

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Telegram All-State golf team http://www.pressherald.com/2016/12/18/2016-all-state-golf-team/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/12/18/2016-all-state-golf-team/#respond Sun, 18 Dec 2016 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1125233 Cole Anderson, Camden Hills sophomore: The 2015 Telegram Player of the Year, he won his second consecutive Class A title with a 1-over 73.

Anthony Burnham, Scarborough sophomore: Burnham shot a team-low 76 to help the Red Storm place fourth in Class A, then tied for third in the Class A individual championship with a 75. Burnham was a first-team All-SMAA Northern Division pick.

Eric Dugas, Maine Central Institute senior: Dugas won the Class B title by 4 strokes with a 1-over 73. His round of 74 was the best score during the Class B team competition.

Reed Foehl, Portland junior: He placed sixth in the Class A individual championship with a 77 and was a first-team All-SMAA Northern Division choice.

Erin Holmes, Greely senior: Holmes tied Bailey Plourde for the girls’ individual championship with a 73, making a birdie on the final hole. The state runner-up as a junior, Holmes helped Greely finish fifth in Class A.

Caleb Manuel, Mt. Ararat freshman: Manuel led the Eagles to a Class A runner-up finish with a 73, then backed that up with 3-over 75 to tie for third in the state individual championship.

Bailey Plourde, Lincoln Academy senior: The Maine Sunday Telegram girls’ golfer of the year, she birdied the final hole to tie Erin Holmes of Greely for the girls’ championship. It was Plourde’s second straight and third overall; she finished second as a sophomore. Plourde also won the Maine Junior title this summer.

Lucas Roop, Gorham junior: The Class A runner-up with a 74, Roop shot a 79 during the team championship to help the Rams nip Mt. Ararat in a tiebreaker for the Class A title.

Lauren Schonewolf, Cape Elizabeth senior: She tied for fourth in the individual championship with a 78 and helped the Capers to a Class B runner-up finish with a 79.

Logan Thompson, Mattanawcook Academy junior: The Maine Sunday Telegram boys’ golfer of the year won his third straight Class C title with a 5-under 67. The week before, he shot a 68 to lead the Lynx to a second straight team title. Thompson was the Maine Junior champion this summer and is a three-time all-state selection.

Coach of the Year

Mark Bailey, Erskine Academy: Bailey’s team had four players shoot 80 or better to win the Class B title by eight strokes over defending champion Cape Elizabeth. It was Erskine’s first golf championship.

— Steve Craig

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High school golf: A day for repeat champions http://www.pressherald.com/2016/10/15/high-school-golf-plourde-holmes-tie-for-girls-title/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/10/15/high-school-golf-plourde-holmes-tie-for-girls-title/#respond Sat, 15 Oct 2016 21:29:41 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/10/15/high-school-golf-plourde-holmes-tie-for-girls-title/ VASSALBORO — Bailey Plourde of Lincoln Academy and Erin Holmes of Greely High each birdied the final hole of their high school golf careers Saturday to finish as Maine schoolgirl co-champions.

So why was Holmes crying when she crossed the Natanis Golf Course parking lot on the way to record her score?

“I thought I lost,” Holmes said. “So it was a surprise when we matched cards.”

In the boys’ competition, Logan Thompson of Mattanawcook Academy was the only player to break par. Thompson shot a 5-under 67 on the 5,876-yard Arrowhead layout to win his third straight Class C title, by eight strokes.

Camden Hills sophomore Cole Anderson repeated as the Class A winner. His 1-over 73 on the 6,077-yard Tomahawk course edged Lucas Roop of Gorham by a stroke.

Eric Dugas, a senior at Maine Central Institute, shot 73 on the Tomahawk course to win Class B by four strokes over Tyler Worcester of Fryeburg Academy.

Holmes said she thought she was trailing by a stroke going to the final hole. She made a twisting 15-foot uphill birdie putt, but thought she had lost when Plourde made birdie with a 6-foot downhill putt.

Plourde, a three-time champion, knew otherwise.

“I knew I needed to make mine to tie. When she made the putt I was like, ‘wow, I really need to make this.’ Quite the pressure on that putt, but I had the confidence that I could make it,” Plourde said.

Both players finished at 1-over 73 on the Arrowhead course.

Plourde shared the title as a freshman in 2013 and beat Holmes by two strokes in 2015.

It’s Holmes’ first championship.

“I was beating Bailey through nine holes and then it really came down to the last four holes last year, and I bogeyed out,” Holmes said. “That one really was emotional for me, just because I didn’t finish strong. This year, I’m really proud of how I ended.”

Plourde and Holmes have played against each other multiple times over the years and both intend to play in college.

“It’s like loving competition with all the girls. We of course want to do well, but we also all want each other to do well,” Holmes said. “I think we’re both deserving of it.”

“We definitely deserved to win it today,” Plourde said. “I do think it’s fitting that we tied. We’ve worked hard.”

Thompson, a junior, capped a year that included the Maine Junior Championship this summer and the low round of 68 last Saturday on the Arrowhead course to lead Mattanawcook to the Class C team championship.

“It just helped me know that I could do it again, that I could put up a low number and I could defend for the second time,” said Thompson, who made seven birdies. “Being the last tournament of the year, I really wanted to end well, and defending was really important to me.”

No boy has won four state titles. Whitney Hand of Bucksport was the girls’ co-champion four straight years (2003-06).

Anderson’s length off the tee and high approach shots with lots of spin helped him go eagle, birdie, birdie, birdie on the four par-5s. When he tapped in a short birdie putt on the 15th hole (his 16th hole of the day), he had a three-shot lead with two holes to play.

Anderson had consecutive approach shots spin off the green on his final two holes, leading to a double-bogey, bogey finish.

“My putting was a little shaky all day,” Anderson said. “Going 5-under on the par-5s gave me some breathing room, and it turned out I really did need it.”

Roop three-putted the next-to-last hole for his second bogey of the round. He did not make a birdie, and said he’d like to have a second chance at his third shot on the par-5 14th.

“I was looking for a nice chip and I just chunked it a little bit, and the pin was all the way back on the green and it just gave me a 40-footer,” Roop said. “It should have been an easy birdie or an easy par, and I bogeyed it.”

Dugas capped his victory in Class B with a birdie on his final hole. His brother, Gavin, won the Class B title in 2014.

“I just thought one more birdie would seal the deal,” Dugas said of his last hole. “It’s great that I could bring it back to the family. My brother won it his senior year, so I just really wanted to get it my last year.”

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High school golf: Gorham, Erskine, Mattanawcook win titles http://www.pressherald.com/2016/10/08/high-school-golf-gorham-erskine-mattanawcook-win-titles/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/10/08/high-school-golf-gorham-erskine-mattanawcook-win-titles/#respond Sat, 08 Oct 2016 21:21:05 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/10/08/high-school-golf-gorham-erskine-mattanawcook-win-titles/ VASSALBORO — The turnaround began in the spring, right around the time the members of the Erskine Academy golf team gathered in Mark Bailey’s classroom to promise their coach that there wouldn’t be another also-ran finish at the state championships.

“They dropped by my classroom and said ‘Coach, we’re going to be really good,’ ” Bailey said. “All of them, really.”

Turns out it was more than just bravado. The Eagles recorded a score of 317 from their top four players Saturday at Natanis Golf Course to beat defending champion Cape Elizabeth (325) and win their first Class B state championship. Old Town (331) was third, followed by Yarmouth (333).

“It’s unbelievable,” Bailey said. “We’ve finished fifth, sixth and seventh the last three years, and just to get into that top spot, it’s like a dream come true.”

Gorham had five players shoot 82 or better and needed each one to clip Mt. Ararat in a tiebreaker for the Class A title.

Both teams finished with a score of 317, so the championship was decided by each team’s fifth-best score, and Cam Stevens carded an 82 for Gorham.

Falmouth (322), Scarborough (323) and Greely (327) finished close behind the top two teams.

Ryan Kaczmarek led Gorham with a 77. He was backed up by Lucas Roop (79), Brandon Desjardin (80) and Marc Yankowsky (81).

“They all played to their potential today,” Gorham Coach Rick Altham said of his team. “That’s what we talk about all season long, how important it is for every player to fulfill their role.”

There wasn’t as much drama in Class C. Mattanawcook Academy rode two-time defending individual champion Logan Thompson’s 4-under 68 to a second straight championship, scoring 311 to beat St. Dominic (329), Winthrop (347), Dirigo (350) and Houlton (352).

“I felt like I had the potential to have a breakout round but I had everything going today,” said Thompson, who posted the best score across all three classes. “I just had to get a putt to fall to build my confidence, and then I took it from there.”

Confidence was in ample supply among the Erskine players, even with a Cape Elizabeth team that returned last fall’s individual champion – Ryan Collins. The Eagles qualified two freshmen for last year’s individual championships, rolled to the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship in the regular season, and had the home-course advantage at Natanis’ 36-hole course. They knew they’d be in the mix – and with a break or two, leading it.

“These guys are out here every day, they know every inch of this golf course,” Bailey said. “We thought we’d be one of the contenders, but the southern Maine schools have just been so strong in this tournament.”

Cape Elizabeth got a 76 from Austin Legge and a 79 from Lauren Schonewolf but couldn’t muster the depth necessary to add a seventh state title.

“We knew we were coming to someone’s home course and we’d have to play that much harder, grind that much harder,” Coach Chris Whitney said. “In all honesty, I think if you asked my own team, they’d tell you that there are three people up there that would really like to go and start again. … The kids have higher expectations.”

Gorham secured its fourth title and first since 2012.

“You see that you’re tied, you just don’t know what’s going to happen,” Altham said. “And then that final score goes up, it’s like a big gasp that they actually did it. I’m just so proud of the team.”

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Golf stars say farewell to Arnold Palmer at memorial service http://www.pressherald.com/2016/10/04/golf-stars-say-farewell-to-arnold-palmer-at-memorial-service/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/10/04/golf-stars-say-farewell-to-arnold-palmer-at-memorial-service/#comments Tue, 04 Oct 2016 18:22:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/10/04/golf-stars-say-farewell-to-arnold-palmer-at-memorial-service/ LATROBE, Pa. – With a large tear forming in his left eye, Jack Nicklaus asked everyone from the elite to the everyman to remember the time Arnold Palmer touched their lives during an emotional farewell to the King on Tuesday.

“I hurt like you hurt,” Nicklaus said. “You don’t lose a friend of 60 years and don’t feel an enormous loss.”

The service at Saint Vincent College in Palmer’s hometown was filled with just as much laughter and warmth from stories of the most significant player in the modern game. The basilica at the college was packed with golf’s biggest names from around the world.

Charlie Mechem, the former LPGA commissioner who became one of Palmer’s most trusted advisers, referred to them as the “elite battalion” of Arnie’s Army.

Palmer died Sept. 25 in Pittsburgh as he was preparing for heart surgery. He was 87. His private funeral for family members was Thursday.

“We were looking down at the air strip and the fog just suddenly lifted,” Ernie Els said Tuesday after landing in one of several private jets that descended on Arnold Palmer Regional Airport. “This is a beautiful day. We’ve all met different people in life. He was a man who didn’t change. It didn’t matter if you cut the grass or you were a president. He was the same with everybody.”

Palmer’s co-pilot, Pete Luster, flew his plane around Saint Vincent College for nearly an hour before the service, tipping the left wing as he zoomed by.

Mechem set a happy tone by pointing to a large photograph of Palmer with a grin that made everyone feel so important. He asked the crowd to remember the Palmer who hitched up his pants and gave a thumbs-up.

“There’s an old saying that there are no irreplaceable people,” Mechem said, his voice cracking toward the end of the ceremony. “Whoever made that line didn’t know Arnold Palmer. There will never be another.”

Palmer won 62 times on the PGA Tour, including seven major championships.

The service was another reminder that Palmer was not the greatest golfer who ever lived, or even the best from his generation. He just had the greatest influence through television, through marketing and mostly through eye contact.

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem tried to explain Palmer’s popularity by mentioning his attacking style of golf, his appeal on television and the way he carried himself.

“He had this other thing,” Finchem said. “It was the incredible ability to make you feel good – not just about him, but about yourself. I was amazed by how people reacted to him. He took energy from that and turned right around and gave it back.”

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Americans on verge of Ryder Cup title http://www.pressherald.com/2016/10/01/europeans-pull-within-a-point-at-ryder-cup/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/10/01/europeans-pull-within-a-point-at-ryder-cup/#respond Sat, 01 Oct 2016 18:42:06 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/10/01/europeans-pull-within-a-point-at-ryder-cup/ CHASKA, Minn. — The Americans are making all the right moves in this Ryder Cup.

Even Tiger Woods.

Europe was riding the momentum as it inched within one point Saturday at Hazeltine. U.S. captain Davis Love III heard conflicting ideas on the radio and by text message from his assistant captains, all of them weighing in with the best lineup for the final session of team matches. The question was Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth, the only Americans who had yet to sit out.

“I finally just said to Tiger, ‘Are we playing them or are we sitting them?’ He said, ‘No, you have to send them back out there,’ ” Love said.

Reed delivered another moment sure to burnish his growing Ryder Cup reputation.

He was at his bullish best in the anchor match with Spieth, taking over with great shots and chest-thumping cheers that set the tone for his team and put the Americans on the verge – again – of winning back the cup.

“He’s Captain America for us,” Spieth said after their 2-and-1 win over Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose for a 91/2-61/2 lead.

The Americans need only five points from 12 singles matches to win the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008, and only the third time in the last two decades.

Their biggest challenge now might be history.

They led 10-6 four years ago at Medinah when Europe put together a staggering display of putting and produced the largest comeback by a visiting team in Ryder Cup history. The Europeans refer to that as the “Miracle at Medinah,” and they might need another one Sunday.

“We’re one closer than we were at Medinah,” Rose said. “It’s going to be a monumental challenge tomorrow. We’re going to put out our lineup and we’re going to look at each other man-to-man tomorrow. It’s going to be eyeball-to-eyeball on the first tee, no partners, no friends out there on the golf course. Just go out and try to put a point on the board. That’s everybody’s mission.”

The raucous and at times rude crowd at Hazeltine won’t have to wait long to get fired up.

Leading off the singles is Reed against Rory McIlroy, who with Belgian rookie Thomas Pieters has done his part to keep Europe close. McIlroy and Pieters were undefeated as a tandem, combining to go 11-under par in 17 holes of a 3-and-1 victory over Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, the lone European point in fourballs.

McIlroy shouted “C’MON!” with every putt, even staring at the crowd and daring them to hurl insults, boo or throw anything else his way.

“It’s a tough environment for us to come and play in. We expect that,” McIlroy said. “It’s the same for the U.S. guys when they come to play in Europe. You have to keep your concentration out there. It’s been a long day and sometimes emotions run high. … The more they shouted, the better we played.

“I hope they shout at us all day tomorrow.”

European captain Darren Clarke described the opening singles match as “mouthwatering” for the crowd.

“I know for a fact that he can’t wait to get on that tee tomorrow morning,” Clarke said.

Most painful for Clarke was watching his best friend and captain’s pick, Lee Westwood, miss crucial short putts on the back nine to cost Europe a valuable point.

Westwood and Masters champion Danny Willett never trailed until they both made bogey on the par-3 17th. Westwood missed a 5-foot par putt to stay all square, and then with a chance to at least earn a halve, badly missed a 2-foot birdie on the final hole to give J.B. Holmes and Ryan Moore a 1-up victory.

Phil Mickelson, in his 11th straight Ryder Cup, showed he can deliver on the golf course as well as he can run a task force meeting. Lefty produced timely wedges and key putts down the stretch as he and Matt Kuchar combined for nine birdies in a 2-and-1 victory over Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer.

The final hour turned solid red on the scoreboard, right when it looked like a putt or two in Europe’s favor could turn a one-point deficit instead of three.

Now Europe needs another big comeback.

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Golf: Junior programs are real winners for high school teams http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/02/golf-junior-programs-are-real-winners-for-high-school-teams/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/02/golf-junior-programs-are-real-winners-for-high-school-teams/#respond Fri, 02 Sep 2016 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1039878 CAPE ELIZABETH — For Cape Elizabeth High golfers Ryan Collins and Austin Legge, the Purpoodock Club is more than a golf course.

“It’s the second home,” Collins said.

“For sure. It’s the hangout,” Legge agreed.

Tony Decker, the head pro at Purpoodock, said his course is one of several in the Portland area that encourages junior players to improve by allowing them significant access to tee times and practice facilities. Collins said spending six hours at Purpoodock on a summer day is the norm.

“We look at it as an investment in our future,” Decker said. “Hopefully these kids are our future members.”

Meanwhile, that access helps produce a powerhouse high school team.

Cape Elizabeth is the defending Class B champion and returns 17 players with varsity experience, including Legge, Collins, senior Lauren Schonewolf and Max Altznauer – the four players who scored at the 2015 team championship. The Capers have 25 on their roster, and many have spent a good chunk of their summer at Purpoodock.

Cheverus High sophomore Thomas Higgins, the returning No. 1 player for the Class A runner-up Stags, is another Purpoodock regular.

Legge said the older members seem “happy to see that there’s a bunch of junior golfers as long as you pick up after yourself and behave appropriately.”

Many Cape golfers are children of Purpoodock members. But a few, like incoming freshman Aidan Lee, have what is called a Junior Social Membership that costs $1,000 annually. It’s not cheap, but the fee conceivably could be covered by an industrious teenager.

“I can play all day, Monday through Thursday and after 12 on Friday through Sunday,” said Lee, who said his parents paid for his membership. “My parents drop me off and some of my other friends live close enough and they bike to the course. I’ve played almost every day.”

The result? Lee has dropped more than 10 strokes off his average and is now shooting 18-hole scores around 90.

The connection between junior-friendly courses and strong high school teams is easy to make.

Defending Class A champion Thornton Academy plays at Biddeford-Saco Country Club “and we have tons of juniors who play all the time and they have great practice facilities so we can get out of the way of the members if we need to,” said Thornton Coach Jeff Camire.

Greely is another Class A contender. The Rangers play at Val Halla, which is tucked behind a Cumberland neighborhood. Val Halla head pro Brian Bickford is the Rangers’ coach. Val Halla has a junior membership for as low as $175. Similarly, Gorham is an annual team to watch, winning Class A titles in 2010 and 2012. The Rams play at Gorham Country Club ($425 for a junior membership) and head pro Rick Altham is the high school coach.

Windham High doesn’t have the advantage of proximity like Cape and Greely, but Point Sebago Golf Course in Casco accommodates Coach Adam Manzo’s roster of 30 golfers.

“You look at schools that have done well and they’re playing at places that want them and welcome them,” Manzo said.

“I think it is becoming more the norm for courses to want juniors playing, but there’s still no course like this one. If you live within a drivable distance, Purpoodock is the most welcoming place,” Whitney said.

The Purpoodock pipeline is likely to continue. The club recently started a 14-and-under team that competes against similar teams from Val Halla, Portland Country Club and The Woodlands in Falmouth.

This fall, the Cape Elizabeth squad expects to turn all of those summer rounds into a repeat Class B title.

“Win states and go undefeated in the regular season. That’s the goal,” Legge said.

2016 TEAMS TO WATCH

1. Cape Elizabeth: The Class B and Western Maine Conference champions used 18 golfers in varsity matches last year, and 17 return from an undefeated season, including co-Class B champ Ryan Collins, 2015 Maine Junior champions Austin Legge and Lauren Schonewolf, and improved WMC all-star Max Altznauer. Sophomore Mia Spencer also competed at last year’s state individual championship.

2. Greely: The Rangers graduated several players from their undefeated 2015 SMAA Central Division championship team but still have four returning players who can crack 40 – Erin Holmes, Tate Porter, Joe Piwowarski and Matt McDevitt. Piwowarski and Holmes scored at the state meet last year when Greely finished fifth in Class A.

3. Cheverus: The Stags return four of the five golfers from their Class A runner-up squad in seniors Kyle Cholod and Ryan McSorley, junior Conner MacDonald and sophomore Thomas Higgins, who was a first-team SMAA North pick. Cholod was a second-team choice. The team’s depth will be limited.

4. Falmouth: Senior Reed Lonsdale and his junior brother, Riley, were second-team all-conference picks in the competitive SMAA North conference in 2015 and head a returning group that went 6-4 in matches and finished seventh at the Class A championship. Upperclassmen Dex Dremann, Louis Maniella, Charlie Emple, Matt Adamowicz, and Jack Hepburn and freshman Tyler Baker add quality depth.

5. Gorham: With defending Class A champ Thornton Academy and Windham both having big losses, the Rams and their talented No. 1 player, Lucas Roop, have a good chance of returning to the state team tournament. Seniors Brandon Desjardin, Cam Stevens and Marc Yankowsky and junior Ryan Kaczmarek have the experience of winning competitive matches.

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Boys’ golf: Cole Anderson, Camden Hills http://www.pressherald.com/2015/12/06/boys-golf-cole-anderson-camden-hills/ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/12/06/boys-golf-cole-anderson-camden-hills/#respond Sun, 06 Dec 2015 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=761934 Cole Anderson of Camden Hills gave an indication of his talent when he was Maine’s top player at the New England Junior Championships in August. Anderson continued his strong play in his first year of high school competition, winning the Class A individual title with a 72 in October.

Anderson, a freshman, is our boys’ golfer of the year. He finished the season with an 8-1-1 match record and a scoring average around par. Anderson, 15, started his round at Natanis with birdies on the first three holes and four of the first five holes.

In the team championship the week before, Anderson shot a 75. He was 14 years old during the golf season.

“I was definitely satisfied with my first season,” said Anderson. “I played consistently well and had a lot of good days. I couldn’t have asked for a better start to my high school career than winning the individual title. I wished we could have won the team championship, too, but that’s something to shoot for in the next three years.”

Anderson putted well in both championships after a stretch during the regular season where he struggled.

“I went through a stretch where I putted poorly,” he said.

Anderson solved the problem with extra work on the putting greens and remembering the way he putted during the summer.

“I hit it pretty well most of the season,” he said.

Anderson said his most competitive matches were against Messalonskee’s Billy Rollins.

“We tied once, he beat me once, and I beat him once,” said Anderson.

Anderson works on his game pretty much year round, but still finds time to play baseball in the spring. That affords him a little break from golf. When he puts the glove and bat away in favor of the golf clubs, he’s rejuvenated and ready to go.

During the holiday season, Anderson is able to get away to Florida – where his grandparents live – and play some tournament golf.

“I’m looking to play in four or five tournaments down there,” he said. “There are some on the Canadian Junior Golf Association and a few American Junior Golf Association events. I go down for Christmas every year.”

Camden Hills Coach Paul McDonald said Anderson has strong character and the right perspective on the game.

“Cole puts the game in proper perspective,” said McDonald. “I can’t say enough about his character. For a 14-year old freshman to come from junior high and have the year he had was pretty amazing.

“Cole has a very seasoned game. He has excellent course management. He’s the type of player who comes along once in a coach’s career. It’s going to be fun to watch him for the next three years.”

Anderson said he started playing when he was 10.

“I went out with my dad and a couple of friends. I started playing for the middle school team and was hooked,” he said.

Now, Anderson is a member of the Samoset Resort. His instructor is Jeff Seavey of Samoset, one of the top players on the New England PGA circuit.

“I usually go to the course early and stay all day,” said Anderson.

By next summer or the summer after that, Anderson said his goal is to become one of the top players in New England.

Sunday Telegram All-State Team

Cole Anderson, Camden Hills freshman: Anderson, the Maine Sunday Telegram boys’ golfer of the year, captured the Class A individual title by shooting a 72 at Natanis Golf Course. He shot a 75 in the team championship a week before.

Ryan Collins, Cape Elizabeth sophomore: Collins shot a 74 to tie for the Class B individual title. He shot an 81 a week earlier as the Capers won the Class B state title.

Ryan Dee, Houlton senior: Dee finished second in Class C with a 78, a week after shooting a 77 to help the Shiretowners finish fourth in the team tournament.

Eric Dugas, Maine Central Institute junior: Dugas shot a 76 in the Class B team meet to help the Huskies finish third, then tied for third in the individual championship with a 77.

Drew Kane, Scarborough senior: Kane shot a 76 to place fifth in the Class A individual tournament. A week earlier he had a 78 to help the Red Storm place fifth in the team championship. He’s a repeat All-State selection.

Nick Mazurek, Oceanside senior: Mazurek, a two-time All-State selection, tied for first in the Class B individual tournament with a 74. A year ago he tied for first in the Class A tournament. Mazurek is also an outstanding basketball and baseball player.

Bailey Plourde, Lincoln Academy junior: Plourde is the Maine Sunday Telegram girls’ golfer of the year. She played No. 1 for the Eagles and captured the girls’ state title with a 70.

Hashilla Rivai, Thornton Academy senior: Rivai, a repeat All-State pick, won the schoolgirl title as a junior and was third this year. She was the team’s No. 1 player the last two years. She will play golf at Purdue.

Billy Rollins, Messalonskee senior: Rollins shot a 75 to finish third in the Class A individual tournament. He had a 39.5 stroke average during the season and was the No. 1 player for the Eagles the last three years.

Logan Thompson, Mattanawcook sophomore: Thompson captured the Class C individual title for the second straight year, shooting a 77. A week earlier he shot a 78 to help the Lynx win the Class C team title. He is a repeat All-State selection.

Coach of the Year

Jeff Camire, Thornton Academy: Camire guided the Golden Trojans to their first Class A state title since 2009.

 

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Girls’ golf: Bailey Plourde, Lincoln Academy http://www.pressherald.com/2015/12/06/girls-golf-bailey-plourde-lincoln-academy/ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/12/06/girls-golf-bailey-plourde-lincoln-academy/#respond Sun, 06 Dec 2015 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=762380 Bailey Plourde of Lincoln Academy spent Thanksgiving weekend playing in an International Junior Golf Tour event at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, Florida.

She hadn’t played since winning the state schoolgirl championship more than a month earlier so she was a little rusty. She was also playing with a pulled right quadricep. Playing a difficult course, she shot 95, 87, 93.

Back in October, Plourde was in top form. She captured the girls’ state championship with an impressive 2-under 70 in windy conditions at Natanis Golf Course. Her score bested 41 other girls, including defending champion Hashilla Rivai of Thornton Academy and runner-up Erin Holmes of Greely. Holmes shot a 74 while Rivai had a 77.

For her performance and strong regular-season play, Plourde is our girls’ golfer of the year.

“I definitely feel good about my game,” said Plourde while traveling to Florida. “I feel I’m improving. Winning the schoolgirl championship was a good confidence builder. That was my best career round.”

Plourde looks to play in outside tournaments against top competition whenever possible because she knows that’s the way to improve. In the last two years, Plourde said she has added 15 yards to her tee shots.

“My short game has been off and on but I’m constantly working on it,” she said.

Plourde, a junior, played the No. 1 slot on her team and was unbeaten. She had a 37 stroke average in nine-hole matches.

As a freshman, she tied for first in the girls’ championship. Last year she shot 75 to finish second to Rivai.

In this year’s championship, she made four birdies. She was good at focusing on her game.

Improving the mental part of her game is something she has worked on. Of her winning performance at Natanis, Plourde said: “My putting felt really good. Even if I didn’t hit it close, I felt I had a chance of making the putt.”

Plourde has played in three straight Women’s Maine State Amateurs, finishing fourth this summer. Such tournaments have helped shape her game. That, along with taking lessons and spending plenty of time on the range, has hastened her improvement.

“I feel what sets Bailey’s game apart from others her age are her attitude and determination to play better golf,” said Lincoln Academy Coach Todd Brackett.

“When you couple that, and her natural ability and feel for the game with her playing an aggressive schedule of competitive golf all year, you can begin to understand the level of improvement Bailey displayed this season. Equally important is her positive attitude, humility and focus, all of which have contributed to her growth and success.”

Plourde’s grandparents bought her first set of clubs when she was 5.

“My grandparents and my father got me started in golf,” said Plourde.

A Maine Golf Hall of Fame inductee, Helen Plourd of Rockland, also helped Plourde with her game.

“She’s been my biggest mentor,” said Plourde. “I was at a Midcoast Junior tournament when I started to play and Helen took an interest in my game.”

Plourde wants to keep improving so that by this time next year she’ll have a chance to play in college. Rivai just signed a letter of intent to play golf at Purdue. Plourde would like a similar opportunity.

Sunday Telegram All-State Team

Bailey Plourde, Lincoln Academy junior: Plourde is the Maine Sunday Telegram girls’ golfer of the year. She played No. 1 for the Eagles and captured the girls’ state title with a 70.

Hashilla Rivai, Thornton Academy senior: Rivai, a repeat All-State pick, won the schoolgirl title as a junior and was third this year. She was the team’s No. 1 player the last two years. She will play golf at Purdue.

Billy Rollins, Messalonskee senior: Rollins shot a 75 to finish third in the Class A individual tournament. He had a 39.5 stroke average during the season and was the No. 1 player for the Eagles the last three years.

Logan Thompson, Mattanawcook sophomore: Thompson captured the Class C individual title for the second straight year, shooting a 77. A week earlier he shot a 78 to help the Lynx win the Class C team title. He is a repeat All-State selection.

Coach of the Year

Jeff Camire, Thornton Academy: Camire guided the Golden Trojans to their first Class A state title since 2009.

 

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Plourde beats Rivai for girls’ golf state championship http://www.pressherald.com/2015/10/17/plourde-edges-rivai-for-state-girls-golf-championship/ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/10/17/plourde-edges-rivai-for-state-girls-golf-championship/#respond Sat, 17 Oct 2015 20:04:22 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=732771 VASSALBORO — Bailey Plourde of Lincoln Academy kept the memory of last year’s second-place finish in the state schoolgirl golf championship fresh in her mind. She was determined not to let it happen again.

Playing a near flawless round, Plourde shot a 2-under-par 70 in cold and windy conditions Saturday to dethrone Hashilla Rivai of Thornton Academy at Natanis Golf Course.

“I tried to focus on what I was doing and not on what Hashilla was doing,” said Plourde, a junior. “She’s a great player.”

Plourde and Rivai were in the same group, with Erin Holmes of Greely and Lauren Schonewolf of Cape Elizabeth.

Plourde rode a hot putter to victory.

“My putting felt really good. Even if I didn’t hit it close, I felt I had a chance of making the putt,” she said.

Plourde played No. 1 for Lincoln Academy and was unbeaten in matches against boys. She had a nine-hole stroke average of 38. On Saturday, she made four birdies.

“I think all of them were from 15 feet and in,” she said. “The wind picked up late in the round, which made it challenging to judge distances.”

Rivai, a senior from Indonesia, bogeyed her first two holes en route to a 77 and a third-place finish. Holmes finished second with a 74.

Rivai rebounded with a birdie on No. 3 but never got on a roll. A double bogey later in the round ended any hopes of repeating.

“Bailey played great,” said Rivai. “It was just a bad day for me. My score wasn’t that bad but I was hoping it would be better, seeing that this was my last high school match.”

Cole Anderson, a 14-year-old freshman at Camden Hills, shot a 72 to capture the Class A boys’ title. Ryan Collins, a sophomore at Cape Elizabeth, and Nick Mazurek, a senior at Oceanside, tied for the Class B title with 74s, and Logan Thompson of Mattanawcook Academy won Class C with a 77.

Anderson birdied his first three holes and four of the first five.

“I was 4 under par after five holes,” said Anderson, who was Maine’s top scorer in the New England Junior Championship in August at the Purpoodock Club in Cape Elizabeth.

“I was fortunate to start on the part of the course where you can make some birdies. The rest of the round, it was a question of keeping my round together and avoiding the bad hole.”

Dylan Burton of Messalonskee was second in Class A with a 74. Billy Rollins, also from Messalonskee, and Cameron Cox of Mt. Ararat tied for third with 75s. Drew Kane of Scarborough was fifth with a 76.

Mazurek shared a title for the second straight year. Playing in Class A last year, he tied with Drew Powell of Bangor with a 72.

A week ago, Collins helped Cape Elizabeth win the Class B team title.

“I birdied my first hole, which gave me a lot of confidence,” said Collins. “I hit a lot of good drives, which added to my confidence. Toward the end of the round, it got really windy.”

Collins said he three-putted his last hole, which he thought wouldcost him. It did, but Mazurek had two three-putts in his round.

Mazurek was in a foursome with Eric Dugas of Maine Central Institute, Austin Legg of Cape Elizabeth and Alex Fritz of Belfast. Mazurek said he and Dugas pushed each other.

“We were going back and forth,” said Mazurek, who plans to play baseball in college at Southern New Hampshire University and is also one of the top players on Oceanside’s basketball team.

Kyle Lamson of Mt. Desert Island was third in Class B with a 76. Dugas, Tyler Walker of Lake Region and Cole Daniels of Old Town tied for fourth with 77s.

 

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Thornton Academy girls’ golfer may give the boys a run for top overall score http://www.pressherald.com/2015/10/16/thornton-academy-girls-golfer-may-give-the-boys-a-run-for-top-overall-score/ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/10/16/thornton-academy-girls-golfer-may-give-the-boys-a-run-for-top-overall-score/#respond Fri, 16 Oct 2015 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=731353 SACO — Hashilla Rivai of Thornton Academy noticed her approach shots were a little off earlier in the season. All the other parts of her game were strong. Her drives were longer than a year ago. Her chipping and putting were accurate and she was still shooting low scores.

“I was less accurate this year,” she said.

Sometimes when you hit it longer, you sacrifice accuracy.

“Hashilla was still very consistent,” said Thornton Coach Jeff Camire. “She doesn’t waver too much. She usually shots in the mid-to-high 30s (for nine holes).

“I told her she would be more comfortable when we started playing 18 holes in the championships. Playing 18 holes gives her a little buffer so that she can recover from the three-putts.”

Rivai, a senior from Jakarta, Indonesia, will be favored to win her second consecutive state girls’ title Saturday at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro. The boys also will play for individual titles at Natanis. Last year, Rivai shot a 2-under 70 to win.

Rivai didn’t want to predict her score. With rain and cold predicted, weather could be a factor.

“The team states were really cold. It depends on how I’m playing. I just want to have fun,” she said.

In last Saturday’s team championships, the cold didn’t seem to affect Rivai. She shot the day’s best score, a par 72, to lead the Golden Trojans to their first state title in six years. Granted, Rivai was playing from the forward tees, but there are many who believe she could match the best boys in the state shot-for-shot from the regular tees. On average, the forward tees are 1,000 yards shorter for 18 holes.

“She’s an elite player,” said Camire.

Asked about beating the boys, Rivai deflects the question.

“I don’t know. I feel like we’re on the same level,” she said.

Rivai has shown that playing 18 holes is a chance to showcase her game. Her performances in the past two weeks and last year indicate as much.

Along with being the medalist in the team championship, she was low in the SMAA team qualifier the week before with a 72 at Natanis. At the SMAA/WMC individual state girls’ qualifier last month at Willowdale Golf Course, Rivai shot a 70.

Rivai said she played a lot of golf this past summer, including three tournaments in Los Angeles. At the Los Angeles Junior Open on the American Junior Golfers Association circuit, she tied for 15th with rounds of 75-74-81. There were 21 golfers in the tournament, which was won by a golfer from Thailand who shot a 54-hole total of 206. Rivai played in the qualifying tournament to get into the AJGA event and also a 36-hole college combine tournament.

“After school ended last June, I went home for a month and then I went to Los Angeles with my parents for the tournaments. I returned home for a month before returning to school,” she said.

Rivai said there was never a question of returning for her senior year.

“I like it here,” said the soft-spoken Rivai. “It’s a good school and I like living in the dorms with my friends. I get to practice golf every day.”

Senior Greg Kalagias has been paired with Rivai in every team match for the last two seasons.

“She’s fun to watch,” said Kalagias. “She hits it great. Hashilla has the same routine on every shot.”

Kalagias said he feeds off her game.

“When she makes a birdie, I want to match her on the next hole. I want to beat her but it’s pretty tough when she’s shooting 2 to 3 under for nine holes. I beat her at Nonesuch this season when I shot a 34 to her 36.”

Rivai said she was expecting a call Thursday night from the Purdue University women’s golf coach.

The Big Ten school has emerged as her top choice.

“I want to be a dentist and Purdue has a pre-dentistry program,” she said.

And, of course, there will be a little golf mixed in.

 

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Thornton, Cape Elizabeth, Mattanawcook win state golf titles http://www.pressherald.com/2015/10/10/thornton-cape-elizabeth-mattanawcook-win-state-golf-titles/ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/10/10/thornton-cape-elizabeth-mattanawcook-win-state-golf-titles/#respond Sat, 10 Oct 2015 20:47:42 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=728050 VASSALBORO — Tournament experience. Keeping calm under pressure. Overcoming adverse conditions.

Thornton Academy, Cape Elizabeth and Mattanawcook Academy used all those qualities to take home elusive state golf titles Saturday on a cold and windy day at Natanis Golf Course.

Thornton dominated Class A, winning its first state championship since 2009. Cape Elizabeth finally got over the hump after two years of close calls, winning its first Class B title since 2007. And Mattanawcook won its first Class C championship.

Thornton’s top four of Hashilla Rivai, Greg Kalagais, Logan Picard and Jordan LaPlume all shot 80 or better to finish with a team total of 310 on the Tomahawk course, 14 strokes in front of Cheverus. Scarborough (326), Messalonskee (330) and Greely (334) rounded out the top five.

“Throughout the year, we’ve been very consistent. Our scores have been good all year,” Thornton Coach Jeff Camire said.

“We felt we were the best team coming into the tournament because we knew we had a lot of tournament experience from some of the junior tournaments. I thought the kids were ready. They were relaxed. Four of the five are seniors, and the experience alone really made the difference, I think.”

“No one really played lights out. We just got it done,” Kalagais said. “We all had decent scores and got the job done.”

Rivai, the 2014 girls’ state champion, shot an even-par 72, the low score of the day.

“She’s an elite player,” Camire said. “If you watch her enough, you can just see that she plays at a different level. It doesn’t matter who she’s playing with.”

Cape Elizabeth has only one senior but still boasts plenty of tournament experience. Low-scorer Austin Legge (78) and Lauren Schonewolf (82) each won Maine Junior titles (age 15-17) in August.

“We’ve come in runner-up for the past two seasons, so we really wanted it this year,” said Schonewolf, a junior. “We knew we had a better chance. It was definitely an amazing feeling.”

“It means a lot,” said team captain Bryce Hewitt, the Capers’ lone senior. “It took me four years to get here. It means a lot.”

The Capers capped their unbeaten season with a team total of 322, 12 strokes ahead of Old Town.

Golfers encountered wind gusts approaching 30 mph and temperatures in the upper-40s when they teed off at 10 a.m.

“We get to the first tee, and the wind chill makes it like 35 degrees,” Schonewolf said. “You try swinging your club and your entire body is so tight. You just had to warm up. I think a lot of people had a pretty tough start.”

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15 high school golfers to watch http://www.pressherald.com/2015/09/10/15-high-school-golfers-to-watch/ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/09/10/15-high-school-golfers-to-watch/#respond Thu, 10 Sep 2015 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=709098 Cole Anderson, Camden Hills freshman: Anderson is a first-year varsity golfer and already one of the best in the state. He was the top finisher (11th) among the Mainers that played in the New England Junior Championship, shooting rounds of 72-76-76.

Sam Burgoyne, Greely senior: The left-hander has improved since a year ago and averaged 37 in preseason matches. He shot a 76 in the Class A states last year as Greely finished second.

Ryan Collins, Cape Elizabeth sophomore: Collins will play No. 1 for the Capers. He shot an 85 in the Class B team championship and had an 84 in the individual championship. He was on the Maine team that played in the New England Juniors.

Tom Higgins, Cheverus freshman: Higgins is a first-year varsity player and one of the top junior players in the state. He has been averaging 38 for nine holes in preseason and will play No. 1 for the Stags.

Greg Kalagias, Thornton Academy senior: Kalagias shot a 79 in the Class A state team championship as the Golden Trojans finished fourth. He had a 40.1-stroke average last season and was named to the all-SMAA first team.

Drew Kane, Scarborough senior: Kane sparked the Red Storm to their first state golf title by shooting a 75. He placed fourth with a 75 in the Class A individual championship and played on the Maine team in the New England Juniors.

Austin Legge, Cape Elizabeth freshman: Legge is a first-year varsity player who won the Maine Junior Amateur Championship this summer. He was on the Maine team that played in the New England Juniors.

Nick Mazurek, Oceanside senior: Mazurek tied for first in the Class A state individual championship with a 72 last year. He shot 70 in the team championship the previous week. Mazurek was named to the Maine Sunday Telegram all-state team.

Bailey Plourde, Lincoln Academy junior: Plourde finished second in the schoolgirl championship last year, shooting a 75. She tied for 12th with an 80 in the New England Schoolgirl Junior in June. She plays No. 1 for the Eagles.

Hashilla Rivai, Thornton Academy senior: She captured last season’s state schoolgirl title by shooting a 70. The Jakarta, Indonesia, native had a 35.4 scoring average and took 19 1/2 points out of a possible 20.

Aidan Roberts, Greely senior: Roberts tied for fifth in last year’s state Class A individual championship with a 79. He had a 74 in the team states. He finished the preseason with a 38-stroke average.

Lucas Roop, Gorham sophomore: He shot a 36 in his first match. He is a returning starter for the Rams, who finished fifth in last year’s Class A team championship.

Lauren Schonewolf, Cape Elizabeth junior: Schonewolf won the girls’ Maine Junior Championship in the 15-to-17 age division. She’s a returning starter for the Capers.

Julian Starbird, Camden Hills senior: Starbird is a four-year starter for the Windjammers and had a 39.1-stroke average for the Class B state champs, who move up to Class A this fall.

Alex Whitmore, Falmouth senior: He went 9-1 during the regular season and had a 41-stroke average in matches. Whitmore shot a 78 in the Class A state team championships as Falmouth tied for second. He placed 13th in the state individual championship.

– Tom Chard

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High school golf teams to watch http://www.pressherald.com/2015/09/10/high-school-golf-teams-to-watch/ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/09/10/high-school-golf-teams-to-watch/#respond Thu, 10 Sep 2015 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=709103 1. Greely: The Rangers have all of their starters back, led by Sam Burgoyne and Aidan Roberts. Greely finished second in the Class A state final last year by two shots to champion Scarborough. The team is deep, with the 10th player supporting a 41-stroke average in preseason.

2. Cape Elizabeth: The Capers, young, talented and deep, have two players back, including girls’ junior champ Lauren Schonewolf, from a team that reached the Class B state team championship match. Newcomers include Maine Junior champ Austin Legge, a freshman.

3. Thornton Academy: The Golden Trojans have their top five golfers back from a team that finished fourth in Class A and won the SMAA overall title. Schoolgirl champion Hashilla Rivai shot a 74 in the team competition. Greg Kalagias and Logan Picard are solid golfers. Jordan Laplume tied for third with a 76 in last year’s girls’ tourney.

4. Cheverus: The Stags may have extra incentive this fall after having just missed qualifying for the state team tournament last year. Most of the roster returns, including senior Alex Jacobs, who had a 39-stroke average. The Stags have added talented freshman Tom Higgins.

5. Scarborough: The Red Storm have four golfers back from last year’s Class A state champions. Drew Kane shot a pair of 75s in both the state team and individual competition. Mitchell Wedge shot an 80 in the team competition last year.

– Tom Chard

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High school golf preview: Cape High golfers get tips from one of the best http://www.pressherald.com/2015/09/10/cape-high-golfers-get-tips-from-one-of-the-best/ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/09/10/cape-high-golfers-get-tips-from-one-of-the-best/#comments Thu, 10 Sep 2015 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=709241 Cape Elizabeth High golfer Michael Mangravito was slicing several drives on the practice range at the Falmouth Country Club. A few quick tips from Peter Kostis produced a much different result.

Mangravito’s next tee shot was long and straight. His smile said it all.

It also brought a big smile from Kostis, one of the country’s top golf instructors and a CBS-TV analyst. Last week the 19 members of the Cape golf team got a rare chance to get tips from someone who critiques the swings of the world’s best players and whose students are on the PGA Tour.

Kostis, a Sanford native, owns a home at the Falmouth Country Club. Among his pupils there last week was Paul Casey of England, the 27th-ranked player in the world, just before Casey drove to Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Two days later, Kostis was on the range with the Capers. Cape’s coach is Chris Whitney, who is in his first season as an assistant pro at Falmouth. Kostis donated his time as a favor to Whitney.

“It was pretty surreal,” said Austin Legge, a freshman who won the Maine Junior Amateur this summer. “It was just amazing to have (Kostis) come here and see your swing. I was pretty excited when I heard he would be working with us. I see him on CBS and I know his credentials.”

The rest of the team was just as excited, albeit a bit tentative, when Kostis addressed them.

“Who has the best grip?” he asked the team.

When no one answered, Kostis said they all should have had a two-word answer: “I do.”

Soon the team broke into four groups and Kostis spent more than two hours with them.

“Hi, I’m Peter,” he said as he went around to each golfer as they introduced themseleves. He helped with their grips, stances and swings, also giving them drills to work on.

The Capers had their second regular-season match later that day, but Kostis made it clear he didn’t want them to use his tips in matches.

Work on them later in practice, he said.

It’s important to start slow and build your swing, he said.

“Mini swing success before full swing success, it’s basic stuff,” said Kostis. “You have to start slow and small, then you’ll go faster and bigger. That’s human nature.”

The Capers are young and talented. They also feature the girls’ champion at the Maine Junior Amateur, Lauren Schonewolf.

“It was pretty unreal working with Mr. Kostis,” said Schonewolf, a junior. “I watch golf every Sunday and see him highlighting the swings of Jason Day or Tiger Woods.

“He helped me get more hit with my hands. He stressed the importance of throwing the club toward the ball rather than just swinging at it.”

Legge wasn’t making crisp contact on his wedge shots during his warmup. Kostis got him to hit his shots crisply with a slight draw. Kostis told him to move the ball back in his stance and cock his wrists early in his backswing.

“He was helping me get better contact and trajectory with the wedge,” said Legge. “Because of that I was hitting it a lot straighter with a better swing plan.”

Kostis obviously enjoyed himself.

“It’s fun working with the kids,” he said. “It brought back a lot of memories.

“If they can learn how to play at this age, go to college and get a job, it will make it a lot easier to pick the game up again later. It’s pretty difficult to take it up cold turkey at 35. The more kids we get playing and learning the proper fundamentals, the more chance they will play later.”

Toward the end of the lesson, he watched Mangravito hit a shot again – and reminded him to smile.

 

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Rhode Island wins Junior Amateur golf tourney http://www.pressherald.com/2015/08/18/rhode-island-wins-junior-amateur-golf-tourney/ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/08/18/rhode-island-wins-junior-amateur-golf-tourney/#respond Tue, 18 Aug 2015 17:06:22 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=696493 CAPE ELIZABETH — Rhode Island made it look easy.

After a 10-year absence, the New England Junior Amateur Invitational championship is headed to the Ocean State.

In the two-day, 54-hole tournament at the Purpoodock Club for the region’s top junior golfers, Rhode Island’s consistency stood out. Only two strokes separated the team’s scores from the opening round to the last.

Rhode Island, with rounds of 363, 361 and 361, topped Massachusetts by 19 strokes (1,085 to 1,104). Connecticut was third (1,113), followed by Vermont (1,132), New Hampshire (1,149) and Maine (1,164).

The team score for each round was made up of the best five scores out of the seven players for each state. The golfers played 36 holes Monday and 18 on Tuesday.

Massachusetts, which won the past two years, and Connecticut have dominated the tournament since Rhode Island last won in 2005. The only other state to win in the past decade was New Hampshire in 2009.

Maine’s lone win in the tournament, which began in 1967, came in 2002. This year’s squad was young, including two 14-year-olds and a 15-year-old playing in their first New England Junior.

“They’re all good golfers but they definitely underperformed,” said Zach Golojuch, Maine’s junior golf coordinator. “For most of them, this was their first big tournament. They played a lot more relaxed (Tuesday).”

While there were five rounds in the 60s over the two days, no one shot below 3-under par during the tournament. The undulating greens, challenging par 3s and 90-degree heat both days took its toll on the players.

Rhode Island had the top three individual finishers. Patrick Welch of Providence was first with rounds of 71-69-71 for a 2-under 211. Davis Chatfield of South Attleboro, Massachusetts, was next at 212 and Riley Griffin of Providence was third at 215. Chatfield, 16, was eligible to play for Rhode Island because he’s a member of a course there.

“I knew coming in that we had a pretty good chance to win,” said Welch. “We stuck to our game plan and got it done. We wanted to hit fairways and greens and two-puttt for pars. The greens aren’t that large that if you missed one you had a good chance to chip it close and make par.”

This summer Chatfield beat Welch, 15, in the semifinals of the Rhode Island Junior Championship en route to winning it. Welch was medalist in qualifying for match play in the Rhode Island Amateur.

Several spectators marveled that Welch hits all his shots cross-handed. He started playing that way when he picked up the game at 10.

“It just feels natural,” he said.

The tournament rotates among the states, with Maine getting to host the event every six years.

“It’s a fun course to play and one you can score on,” Griffin said of Purpoodock. “The greens were outstanding. You can be aggressive on some par 4s and hit the driver. Other holes you want to play more conservatively.”

Cole Anderson, 14, of Camden was Maine’s top golfer with rounds of 72-76-76 for a 224 total; he was 11th overall. Drew Powell of Bangor was 22nd (230) and Ryan Collins of Cape Elizabeth tied for 25th (234). The other Maine golfers were Eric Dugas (tied for 31st), Logan Thompson (tied for 34th), Drew Kane (tied for 38th) and Austin Legge (40th).

“The future looks bright for our junior program,” said Golojuch. “We only lose two golfers from the team, and we have 12 to 15 golfers along with the five players coming back who could make the team next year.”

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Golf 2014 All-State team http://www.pressherald.com/2014/12/07/golf-2014-state-team-2/ http://www.pressherald.com/2014/12/07/golf-2014-state-team-2/#respond Sun, 07 Dec 2014 09:00:41 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=549474 Gavin Dugas, Maine Central Institute, senior: Dugas is our Player of the Year for boys’ golf. He won the Class B state individual title with a 71. He shot a 77 in the state team championship. he was unbeaten in regular season matches.

Reese McFarlane, Cape Elizabeth, senior: McFarlane finished second in the Class B individual tournament with a 74 after shooting an impressive 67 in the team championship the week before. He had the low stroke average in the Western Maine Conference for the fourth straight year.

Nick Mazurek, Oceanside, junior: Mazurek tied for first in the Class A state individual championship with a 72. He shot a 70 in the team championship a week earlier.

Drew Powell, Bangor, junior: Powell tied for first in the Class A state individual championship with a 72. He shot a 79 in the team championship a week earlier.

Chris Billings, Cheverus, senior: Billings finished third in the Class A state individual championship with a 73. He is a repeat all-state selection.

Drew Kane, Scarborough. junior: Kane finished fourth in the Class A state individual championship with a 75. He led the Red Storm to the Class A state title the week before with a 75.

Daulton Wickenden, Camden Hills, senior: Wickenden shot a 69 to spark the Windjammers to the Class B state title. He shot a 79 to tie for seventh in the Class B individual championship.

Taylor Morang, Winthrop, senior: Morang shot a 68 to spark the Ramblers to the Class C state title. It was Winthrop’s first title since 1995. Morang shot an 80 to tie for sixth in the team championship.

Logan Thompson, Mattanawcook, freshman: Thompson won the Class C state individual title with a 72.

Hashilla Rivai, Thornton Academy, junior: Rivai is our girls’ Player of the Year. She won the schoolgirl state individual title with a 70 and shot a 74 in the team championship a week earlier.

Coach of the Year

Mike Murphy, Scarborough: Murphy coached the Red Storm to its first state golf championship. He has built a strong program in his 26 years as coach.

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Golf All-State team: Rivai stayed hot, even in cold weather http://www.pressherald.com/2014/12/07/golf-all-state-team-hashilla-rivai-stayed-hot-even-in-cold-weather/ http://www.pressherald.com/2014/12/07/golf-all-state-team-hashilla-rivai-stayed-hot-even-in-cold-weather/#respond Sun, 07 Dec 2014 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=549700 The biggest adjustment for golfer Hashilla Rivai of Thornton Academy, a student from Jakarta, Indonesia, was getting accustomed to Maine’s chilly falls. Her golf game didn’t waver. She was on par and sometimes under it.

Rivai, in her first year at the Saco school, opened eyes with her sterling play this season.

She won the state schoolgirl championship with a 2-under 70 on Natanis GC’s Arrowhead course. She had four birdies and two bogeys.

Soon after her arrival, she become Thornton’s No. 1 player. Rivai had a 35.2 stroke average and an overall record of 10-0 in team matches. She won 191/2 out of a possible 20 points in matches. She shot a 69 in a practice round before the state tournament.

Rivai is the Maine Sunday Telegram’s Player of the Year for girls’ golf.

“Hashilla has a great approach to her game,” said Thornton Coach Jeff Camire.

“She brought a strong mental game to complement her physical talents. I feel her teammates learned a lot by just watching her play. Hashilla plays one shot at a time and doesn’t dwell on bad shots. She focuses on the next shot.”

In the team championship the week before the individual championship, Rivai shot a 74 to pace the Golden Trojans to a third-place finish in Class A. With the entire team returning for next year, Thornton will be in good position to win it all in 2015.

Rivai said she plans on returning for her senior year, chilly weather and all.

“It was really a good experience this season,” she said.

“I had never been on a team before and that really meant something. You want to help the team win. I played some amazing courses. I didn’t really like the cold and the wind. You had to consider where the ball was going. The team states were really cold. The individuals were a bit warmer. I was thankful for that.”

Even after the state tournaments, Rivai said she continued to play at Biddeford-Saco Country Club, Thornton’s home course. The last time she played was two weeks ago.

“I guess if I want to play this winter it will be indoor golf,” she said.

Rivai said she will visit cousins in Los Angeles over the Christmas vacation break, but wasn’t sure if she would bring her golf clubs. Her cousins don’t play golf.

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Golf All-State team: Family ties helped Dugas’ quest for a state championship http://www.pressherald.com/2014/12/07/golf-all-state-team-family-ties-helped-dugas-quest-for-a-state-championship/ http://www.pressherald.com/2014/12/07/golf-all-state-team-family-ties-helped-dugas-quest-for-a-state-championship/#respond Sun, 07 Dec 2014 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=549767 Gavin Dugas can’t remember a time when he didn’t have some kind of golf club in his hands. He started with plastic clubs with an oversized head and graduated to sawed off regular clubs, and then to the full-length version.

Dugas played in his first tournament, a U.S. Kids Junior qualifier, when he was 7. He was a regular on the Maine State Golf Association’s Junior Tour starting at 12. That happens when your family owns a golf course and your father is a golf pro.

Fast forward to this November, and there was Dugas winning the Class B state championship. His round of 71 at Natanis was the lowest for boys in all three classes.

Dugas didn’t lose a match during the regular season. He signed a letter of intent to play at Division II Southern New Hampshire University.

Dugas, a senior at Maine Central Institute, is the Maine Sunday Telegram Player of the Year. Of his strong senior season, Dugas said: “I think all the work I did in the summer paid off. I played in a lot of tournaments, and played well. I was playing my best at the beginning of the school year.”

Dugas got hot again at the right time.

“I shot a 33 in my second-to-last match at the Waterville Country Club,” he said.

In the state individual championship, Dugas got off to a fast start.

“I shot a 36 on the front side, which got me going,” he said.

Paul Greco, his coach, said Dugas always had the potential to win the state title.

“I always knew Gavin could do it. It was just a question of staying relaxed and focused,” he said.

Since he started playing as a freshman, Dugas has pointed to the state individual and team championships. He’s been close before in the individual championship. Everything clicked for him in his last chance.

“It meant a lot to win it. It was a good way to end my high school career. It’s what I’ve worked for ever since entering high school,” said Dugas.

Dugas said his dad, Mike, has been a big influence on his game.

“It’s good to have your father as a golf pro. If I need something fixed, I know I can go to him.”

While Dugas gets away on occasion to play golf with his father and his younger brother, Eric, during the winter, Dugas looks forward to taking a break from the game to enjoy winter sports.

“I like to ski and ice fish,” he said. “I feel taking a break from golf helps. I feel I would get stale if I played all year round.”

Dugas also reunited with a sport he hasn’t played since the eighth grade. He’s playing basketball for MCI this winter.

“I’m a little rusty, but it’s coming around,” he said.

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Top golfers make most of perfect conditions at state championships http://www.pressherald.com/2014/10/18/top-golfers-make-most-of-perfect-conditions-at-state-championships/ http://www.pressherald.com/2014/10/18/top-golfers-make-most-of-perfect-conditions-at-state-championships/#respond Sun, 19 Oct 2014 01:21:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=521615 VASSALBORO — With the weather ideal for scoring, Maine’s top schoolboy and schoolgirl golfers took advantage to post impressive scores in the individual golf state championships Saturday at Natanis Golf Course.

Nick Mazurek of Oceanside and Drew Powell of Bangor tied for first in Class A with even-par 72s.

Gavin Dugas of Maine Central Institute won the Class B title with a 1-under 71. In Class C, Logan Thompson of Mattanawcook Academy prevailed with a 72.

Hashilla Rivai of Thornton Academy fired a 2-under 70 to capture the girls’ championship.

Natanis is a 36-hole layout. Class A and B golfers played the Tomahawk course, while Class C and the girls played Arrowhead. With temperatures in the 60s and the greens in excellent condition, there were 27 scores in the 70s.

“It was perfect,” Dugas said of the conditions. “The course was a little wet in certain spots but otherwise was in great shape.”

Dugas, a senior, was playing in the individual state tournament for the fourth time.

“It feels awesome to win it. It’s like a dream come through,” said Dugas. “All the hard work has paid off. I played my normal game and stuck to my game plan. It was a good ball-striking round and I putted all right.”

Dugas, who finished seventh last year with a 78, had three birdies. He started on the fourth hole in the shotgun start and made birdie on No. 5. He also birdied No. 7 and No. 1.

“The birdie on five, my second hole, got my round going,” he said.

Dugas said he made a nice par save on the sixth hole after pulling his drive. For his third shot, his feet were in the bunker and the ball was in the grass above it. He almost chipped in for a birdie.

“I’ve played this course five times in the last month, so that helped,” he said.

Cape Elizabeth’s Reese McFarlane, also playing in his fourth state tournament, finished second in Class B with a 74. A double bogey hurt his chances. McFarlane won Class B as a sophomore and a week ago shot a 67 in the team championship.

In Class A, Mazurek continued his hot play while Powell broke out of a slump.

“I haven’t played very well the last three weeks but I found my swing today,” said Powell.

Powell had four birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey. He was second this summer in the state junior amateur championships and third in the Maine Amateur.

Mazurek posted another low round at Natanis after shooting a 73 in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference qualifying tournament and a 70 in the team championship. He birdied his last hole, the par-4 ninth, while one of his playing partners, Chris Billings of Cheverus, double bogeyed to fall out of the lead. Billings, a senior, finished third with a 73.

Mazurek said he hit a 6-iron over a tree in the middle of the fairway, leaving him about 150 yards to the hole. A 7-iron approach stopped 15 feet from the hole.

Billings, meanwhile, pulled his tee shot into the woods and had to use a recovery shot to get back to the fairway. His third shot reached the green but then he three-putted.

Drew Kane of Scarborough placed fourth in Class A with a 75, while Craig Smith of Falmouth was fifth with a 77.

Rivai, a junior from Indonesia, credited her score to her approach shots and her putting. She had four birdies and two bogeys.

“I was sticking it pretty close and I made some putts,” she said. “I’ve been waiting for this tournament all season. It’s especially nice to win it shooting a good score.”

Rivai said she plans to play golf for as long as the weather permits this fall, then will look to play some junior tournaments in California during Christmas vacation. She also plans to try out for the girls’ basketball team at Thornton. She said she intends to return to Thornton for her senior year.

Bailey Plourde of Lincoln Academy and Jenna Hallet of Presque Isle tied for second with 75s. Erin Holmes of Greely and Jordan LaPlume of Thornton Academy were next with 76s.

Adam Hachey of Winthrop finished second in Class C for the second year in a row with a 73. Cameron Clark of Houlton and Robbie Watson of Fort Fairfield tied for third with 76s.

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Scarborough captures Class A golf title http://www.pressherald.com/2014/10/11/scarborough-captures-class-a-golf-title/ http://www.pressherald.com/2014/10/11/scarborough-captures-class-a-golf-title/#respond Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:53:21 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=517731 VASSALBORO — Scarborough High won its first state golf championship Saturday, using consistent play to edge Greely by two shots in Class A at Natanis Golf Course.

Camden Hills won its second straight Class B title and Winthrop, denied last year by a shot, prevailed in Class C.

Drew Kane led Scarborough with a 75. The other three scorers weren’t far behind.

After Kane came Mitchell Wedge with an 80, Braeden Kane with an 81 and Nate Roberts with an 82. Chandler Langlois, the other member of the team, had an 89. Only the top four scores are counted toward the team total.

“I’m so happy for the kids,” said Coach Mike Murphy. “They grinded out there and kept their composure. I didn’t know exactly what kind of team we would have at the start of the year. The kids really stepped up.

“We had Drew back as the No. 1 player but the guys who played the third through the five slots became better players to assume the 2, 3 and 4 spots.”

The Red Storm had an unbeaten regular season.

Murphy said the key score was Wedge’s 80.

“Mitchell took a 10 on his third hole of the day and played 1-under par the rest of the way. He kept his composure and kept grinding,” Murphy said.

Wedge and Drew Kane, who struggled over the first half of his round but finished strongly, were factors for the Red Storm in edging Greely.

Kane, a junior, played the front nine in 41 but rallied with a 34 on the back.

Asked how his team was doing after Drew Kane came through nine holes, Murphy said: “It doesn’t look good.”

The Red Storm buckled down the rest of the way and resorted to the form they demonstrated in the regular season.

“I just kept positive,” said Wedge, a junior.

Wedge said this win and a perfect regular season were the products of a lot of work.

“We all played a lot of rounds together. We’re familiar with one another and help each other out if someone needs it,” he said.

Scarborough finished with a 318 total. Greely and Falmouth finished at 320, with Greely taking second in a tiebreaker.

Eleven teams competed in Class A.

Greely was led by Aiden Roberts with a 74 and Sam Burgoyne with a 76.

“We just came up a little short,” said Coach Brian Bickford.

Camden Hills was led by Daulton Wickenden’s 3-under 69. The Windjammers finished with a 313 total, the best in any class.

Camden Hills also counted a 78 from Julian Starbird, an 80 by Drew Holt and an 86 by Jared Garske. Cape Elizabeth was second with a 327 while Maine Central Institute was third with a 329.

Twelve teams competed in Class B.

The best round of the day was turned in by Reese McFarlane of Cape Elizabeth, who fired an impressive 5-under 67. McFarlane, a senior, birdied the first hole and stayed hot the rest of the way. But the Capers couldn’t give their No. 1 player much help.

“I would have liked to have made a couple of putts at the end. I had some good chances,” said McFarlane.

McFarlane and Wickenden played in the same foursome with Gavin Dugas of MCI and Brian Dunn of Gardiner. Dugas finished with a 77.

Winthrop won its first state title since 1995. The Ramblers finished with a 315 total and were led by Taylor Morang’s 68.

Other scorers for Winthrop were Adam Hachey (77), Anthony Owens (81) and Zach Robertson (84).

“After the disappointment of last year when the kids finished second to St. Dominic, they made a commitment to do better,” said Coach Lonnie Steeves. “They set their sights on this and worked a whole year to achieve it. This is a special group of kids.”

Like Scarborough, Winthrop had a player stick with it after a slow start. Anthony Owens was 6-over after two holes but played the last 16 holes in 3-over.

Steeves called the rounds by Hachey’ and Robertson “pretty special”

“For a No. 4 player like Zach to shoot an 89, that’s darn good,” said Steeves.

Other notable rounds turned in were by Nick Mazurek of Oceanside with a 70, a 72 by Cameron Clark of Houlton, a 73 by Robbie Watson of Fort Fairfield and a 74 by Hashilla Rivai, which led Thornton Academy.

Rivai, a female student from Indonesia, played from the forward tees, but on many holes it wasn’t that big of a difference from the boys’ tees.

Next Saturday, the state boys’ and girls’ individual championships will be held at Natanis. The boys will crown champions in classes A, B and C, and the girls will have one overall champion.

Tom Chard can be contacted at 791-6419 or at

tchard@pressherald.com

Twitter: TomChardPPH

Correction: This story was updated on Oct. 13 to indicate that Falmouth High finished third in the Class A golf championship.

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In state golf, Scarborough hopes a first team title is in the cards http://www.pressherald.com/2014/10/10/in-state-golf-scarborough-hopes-a-first-team-title-is-in-the-cards/ http://www.pressherald.com/2014/10/10/in-state-golf-scarborough-hopes-a-first-team-title-is-in-the-cards/#respond Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=516590 After failing to qualify for the state Class A team golf championship last year, Scarborough is back with its best chance to win it all. The Red Storm take a 10-0 regular-season record and the SMAA North title into Saturday’s state team tourney at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro.

Scarborough, one of the six SMAA teams in the event, never has won a golf team state title. The Red Storm last won a league North title in 2004.

“In any state championship it comes down to handling the pressure and the conditions,” said Coach Mike Murphy. “We’ve had a great season. We had a couple of wins against Falmouth and one against Cheverus. Both teams are strong.”

In Murphy’s 26 seasons, this will be Scarborough’s 10th appearance in the states. The Red Storm made it three straight years (2010-12), with a school-best fifth two years ago.

Joining Scarborough at the states will be Thornton Academy, Marshwood, Gorham, Greely and Falmouth.

“I feel any one of the six could win it,” said Murphy. “We didn’t play Thornton, Gorham or Greely during the regular season. They’re all very good. Our team has a quiet leadership but a confident one. I could see their confidence Monday in the league qualifying tournament at Natanis.”

Counting four cards out of five, the Red Storm scored a 315 in SMAA team and individual state qualifying Monday at Natanis. The same format will be used at the states.

The five players for Scarborough will be Drew Kane, Mitchell Wedge, Braeden Kane, Chandler Langlois and Nate Roberts. Drew Kane, Langlois and Roberts also qualified for the individual championship next week.

Saturday marks the first of two straight weekends of state championship play at Natanis. After the team championships in classes A, B and C, the boys’ and girls’ individual championships will be played Oct. 18. The boys will have champions in classes A, B and C, and the girls will have one overall champion.

At the qualifier Monday, Drew Kane shot 74 and Langlois 75 – a career low.

Chris Billings of Cheverus was the low qualifier with a 73.

“I have a player at the top of our lineup who is one of the best in the state and proving it,” said Murphy. “Drew Kane has the ability to recover if he hits a poor shot, which is rare. He doesn’t get intimated. Golf is one of the toughest games you can play but Drew leads us.

“I’ve had teams with more depth but I don’t think I’ve had a more mentally tougher team. They just go about their business. They’re playing with a lot of confidence.”

Langlois said that confidence comes from the experience gained last season and everyone on the team willing to help each other. “If someone is having trouble with a part of his game, a teammate will suggest maybe changing his ball position or something in his grip,” he said. “We’re out to help each other out.”

Langlois said the team is focused on winning the school’s first state title. It will take four out of the five players on their games. He acknowledges the competition will be tough.

“I’m hoping we break what we shot at the qualifier (315),” he said.

At the Western Maine Conference qualifier Monday at Willowdale Golf Course in Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth easily won with a 317 total, outdistancing second-place Fryeburg Academy by 37 shots. Fryeburg qualified, as did Oak Hill, York and Lake Region in Class B. North Yarmouth Academy qualified from Class C with a 356.

Reese McFarlane of Cape Elizabeth was medalist with a 71. Teammate Ryan Collins was next with a 77. McFarlane and Collins qualified for the individual tournament, as did teammates Nate Ingalls, Ross LeBlond and George MacKenzie.

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Thornton golfer from Indonesia fitting right in http://www.pressherald.com/2014/09/30/thornton-golfer-from-indonesia-fitting-right-in/ http://www.pressherald.com/2014/09/30/thornton-golfer-from-indonesia-fitting-right-in/#respond Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=511520 SACO — Hashilla Rivai loves being on a team for the first time. And she has adapted very well in her short time in Maine and on Thornton Academy’s golf team after coming from Jakarta, Indonesia.

After starting the season as the team’s No. 4 player, she’s now No. 1, a rare distinction for females on Maine high school co-ed teams. She’s a 16-year-old junior and has failed to break 40 for nine holes only twice in eight matches while playing from the ladies’ tees. She can play.

She has shot a 31 on the front nine at Nonesuch River Golf Course in Scarborough along with a 33, 34 and 35 on the front nine at Biddeford-Saco Country Club, Thornton’s home course. Other than Biddeford-Saco, Rivai is seeing these courses for the first time. She has a 35.2 stroke average.

How did she wind up at high school in Maine?

Thornton Academy houses international students in two dormitories. One would think a golfer would look for a warm weather school to attend, but Rivai said she was looking for more than just golf from a school. She is enrolled in several advanced courses.

“My parents and I researched a lot of schools and this was the best,” said Rivai who is soft-spoken and speaks excellent English.

“It’s important for me to do well in my studies,” she said. Left unsaid is how well she’s adjusted to playing golf on Maine courses.

To prepare his girls’ team members for the state schoolgirl championship on Oct. 18 at the Natanis Golf Course, Thornton Academy Coach Jeff Camire took them to Vassalboro for a practice round. Playing the Arrowhead course at Natanis, Rivai shot a 3-under 69. She played with Thornton’s junior varsity coach Emily Bouchard, a three-time women’s Maine Amateur champion, and beat her by six shots.

“Her game is so consistent,” said Bouchard. “When you watch her hit balls on the practice range, every one she hits, she makes great contact. Hashilla has a great attitude about the game. She doesn’t take it too seriously. She’s very assuming and has really fit in with the team.”

Rivai’s father taught her golf when she was 5. She didn’t like it at first, but that changed at around 10 when she said, “I started to get better.” Rivai has a full-time instructor back home.

Camire, a Thornton Academy guidance counselor, was told by the school’s admissions department of a student from Indonesia who wanted to join the golf team. That person then added: “I think she’s pretty good.”

It didn’t take long for Camire to agree.

“One of her strengths is her ability to focus,” said Camire. “Hashilla has the same preshot routine on every shot, plays her game and knows her yardages.”

At the Jakarta world junior golf championship in early June, Rivai finished sixth after leading after the first round with a 2-under 70. She finished with rounds of 75-79 for a 54-hole score of 8-over 224. “She travels worldwide to play golf,” said Camire.

Rivai says she thinks Thornton Academy is “pretty nice except for the weather.”

Rivai said she is adjusting to playing in chilly temperatures. In a qualifying tournament for the individual state schoolgirl tournament Monday at Willowdale Golf Course in Scarborough, Rivai was medalist with a 77.

It was windy and the temperature dropped significantly during play.

She arrived in Saco with her parents a week before school started. Her parents stayed during the first week of school to make sure their daughter settled in. The week before school, she attended her first PGA Tour tournament at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Massachusetts.

At practice last week, she was wearing a green Deutsche Bank hat with autographs from PGA Tour players Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler.

Rivai said the best part of her golf game is her approach shots, which set up birdie opportunities.

“The mid-irons are the strongest part of my game. The first shot to par 3s, the second shot to par 4s or the third shot to par fives are shots I have a lot of confidence in,” said Rivai.

Juniors Greg Kalagias is one of three juniors back from last year’s team. He started the season playing in the No. 1 spot, but now is No. 2. Rivai supplanted him as she did juniors Logan Picard and Noah Jacques at two and three. They have all been very accommodating and even recommended to Camire that they thought Rivai had earned the right to play in their spots.

“It’s great to have her on the team,” said Kalagias. “It’s better to have someone on the team who contributes than someone who doesn’t.”

As the team’s top two players, Kalagias and Rivai are paired together in matches against the other team’s top two players. Kalagias has been impressed with Rivai’s game. “She’s very consistent and straight,” he said.

When school ends in June, Rivai plans on playing in American Junior Golf Association tournaments in the U.S., some world junior tournaments and college combines. She also plans on visiting colleges and exploring their women’s golf programs.

“My goal is to play college golf,” she said. Her school of choice is UCLA, one of the top programs in the country.

Strong student, exceptional high school golfer and one thing more: “I’ve been told by some students that Hashilla is a phenomenal singer,” said Camire.

Tom Chard can be contacted at 791-6419 or at

tchard@pressherald/com

Twitter: TomChardPPH

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Golf preview: Scarborough’s Kane lives for golf http://www.pressherald.com/2014/09/11/high-school-golf-preview-scarboroughs-kane-lives-for-golf/ http://www.pressherald.com/2014/09/11/high-school-golf-preview-scarboroughs-kane-lives-for-golf/#respond Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=500365 Drew Kane of Scarborough, one of southern Maine’s best high school golfers, was volunteering on the practice range of the Deutsche Bank Classic at TPC of Boston two weeks ago.

Kane’s job was to place the golfer’s nameplate and keep a good supply of practice balls coming.

The world’s No. 1 player, Rory McIlroy, stood 4 feet away.

“It was fun watching him hit because he never missed a shot. I wished him good luck in the tournament,” said Kane, who got an autograph from this year’s British Open and PGA champion.

Asked what other golfers he took care of on the range, Kane rattled off “Phil, Ricky and Bubba.”

Last names were not required.

Kane, 16, a junior, has won both of his matches this fall, shooting 37 each time. He is a contender for the Class A individual title in October and could lead Scarborough High into the state team playoffs.

At 5-foot-4, 120 pounds, Kane is a perfect example that size is not a prerequisite for success in golf. While golfers on the PGA Tour are bigger overall than they were 40 years ago, so are athletes in every other sport. Rather than size, one of the keys to success is immersion in the sport. And Kane has certainly done that.

“If there’s something to do with golf, Drew is completely into it,” said his father, Dave.

Drew Kane practices six days a week during the summer, working on a different part of his game each day. He’ll sneak in a round or two, maybe three or four during the week.

On Saturdays, he caddies 18 holes at the Portland Country Club in Falmouth then plays at Nonesuch River Golf Course in Scarborough, where he is a member. Kane is a frequent visitor to the Golf and Ski Warehouse in Scarborough where he talks with employee Matt Greenleaf, one of the state’s top golfers. During the winter, Kane keeps his swing loose in one of the hitting bays. Kane caddied for Greenleaf at the 2013 Maine Amateur at the Augusta Country Club. Greenleaf returned the favor as he caddied for Kane in June as Kane tried for qualify for this summer’s Maine Amateur. Kane missed in a match of cards for the tiebreaker.

“I don’t think there’s too many kids more into the game than Drew,” said Scarborough Coach Mike Murphy. “He eats, sleeps and drinks golf.”

That’s good news for the Red Storm. Scarborough has a well-balanced team that includes Kane’s cousins, Braeden and Brogan.

Kane made a leap of progress from his freshman to sophomore seasons. He played in one match his freshman year and played in every match last season.

“Drew has a great swing,” said Murphy. “He’s added more length.”

In August, Kane finished third in the Maine Junior Amateur in the 15-to-17 age division. He shot 76-72–148 at Val Halla Golf Course in Cumberland. His 72 was the low score on the second day. That performance earned him a spot on Maine’s team in the New England Juniors, played in Seekonk, Massachusetts, where he had rounds of 80-75-81–236.

Kane said he compensates for his lack of length off the tee with accuracy. He rarely misses a fairway. Not surprisingly, his strength is his short game.

Kane played hockey on Scarborough’s freshman team two years ago. He didn’t play last year, fearing his lack of size would be a detriment, but is thinking about playing this winter.

“You can’t do much with golf in the winter around here,” he said.

Kane started playing golf with his dad when he was 8. He said he didn’t like it at first and gave it up before picking it up again when he was 11.

“I got better and liked it,” he said.

Kane has been devoted ever since.

“Golf is fun and I like the fact that it’s an individual sport,” he said. “When you don’t play well, you only have yourself to blame.”

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Golfers to Watch http://www.pressherald.com/2014/09/10/golfers-watch/ http://www.pressherald.com/2014/09/10/golfers-watch/#respond Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:17:48 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=500466 Chris Billings, Cheverus, senior: Billings tied for first at the Class A state individual tournament with a 75. He had a 7-3 record in matches last year with a 37.1 stroke average. Billings was selected to the all-state team. He begins his fourth season as a starter for the Stags.

Sam Burgoyne, Greely, junior: Burgoyne is the Rangers’ top player, who shot a 79 in last year’s Class A individual tournament. He shot a 37 for nine holes in the season’s opening match.

Nate Ingalls, Cape Elizabeth, junior: Started the season slated to be the Capers’ No. 2 player. Ingalls lost only one match last season in the regular season and qualified for the state meet where he shot 81 to finish ninth.

Greg Kalagias, Thornton Academy, junior: He enters the season as the Golden Trojans’ top player. He gained a lot of valuable experience and qualified for the Class A individual tournament.

Nick Mazurek, Oceanside, junior: He shot 76 in the Class B individual tournament last year. He finished with a 38.5 stroke average. Mazurek has been the Mariners’ No. 1 player for the last three seasons.

Reese McFarlane, Cape Elizabeth, senior: A two-time all-state player, McFarlane tied for third in the Class B individual tournament with a 75. He was 14-0 in matches during the regular season and had the lowest stroke average in the Western Maine Conference at 36.1.

Craig Smith, Falmouth, senior: Smith is a returning starter for the defending Class A state champions. He gained a lot of valuable experience last and has worked hard on his game. He should help the Yachtsmen stay near the top. He shot 77 in the Class A state tournament.

Julian Starbird, Camden Hills, junior: Starbird has been a starter since his freshman year. He had a scoring average of 40 and shot a pair of 80s in the conference and state championship for the Class B state titlists. He shot a 4-under 32 in a match on Tuesday.

Kenny Tuttle, Gorham, senior: Tuttle opened the season by shooting a 34 on the front nine at the Gorham Country Club in a match against Westbrook. Last season, he had a 78 in the Class A team championship to help the Rams finish third.

Daulton Wickenden, Camden Hills, senior: Wickenden tied for third in the Class B state meet with a 75. He led the Windjammers to the Class B state title and was selected to the all-state team.

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Friday’s high school scores http://www.pressherald.com/2014/09/05/fridays-high-school-scores/ http://www.pressherald.com/2014/09/05/fridays-high-school-scores/#respond Sat, 06 Sep 2014 03:08:20 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=497882 FOOTBALL
Bangor 48, Edward Little 6
Belfast 48, Hermon 6
Bonny Eagle 32, Biddeford 12
Brunswick 51, Brewer 8
Bucksport 57, Washington Academy 12
Cape Elizabeth 35, Leavitt 34, OT
Cony 23, Messalonskee 14
Dirigo 12, Maranacook 6
Falmouth 49, Gorham 0
Lawrence 46, Gardiner 18
Maine Central Institute 81, Ellsworth/Sumner 6
Marshwood 47, Greely 0
Massabesic 26, Noble 21
Mattanawcook Academy 36, Stearns 0
Morse 27, Oceanside 20
Mt. Blue 54, Hampden Academy 13
Orono 28, Houlton 12
Oxford Hills 34, Lewiston 20
Poland 42, Lake Region 0
Sanford 29, Scarborough 14
Skowhegan 47, Mt. Ararat 12
Spruce Mountain 59, Freeport 14
Wells 49, Mountain Valley 14
Windham 53, Deering 12
Yarmouth 41, Gray-New Gloucester 0
York 31, Westbrook 14

BOYS’ SOCCER
Bonny Eagle 2, Biddeford 1
Buckfield 8, Valley 1
Cape Elizabeth 2, Freeport 1
Deering 2, Cheverus 1
East Grand 1, Shead 1
Falmouth 2, Gray-New Gloucester 0
Fort Kent 2, Fort Fairfield 0
Greater Portland Christian 1, Rangeley 0
Greely 7, Fryeburg Academy 0
Jonesport-Beals 4, Narraguagus 0
Kennebunk 5, Wells 2
Leavitt 6, Spruce Mountain 1
Lincoln Academy 3, Morse 0
Madawaska 2, Limestone 1
Maine Central Institute 1, Nokomis 0
Maranacook 6, Gardiner 3
Oceanside 1, Medomak Valley 1
Penobscot Valley 2, Mattanawcook Academy 1
Pine Tree Academy 8, A.R. Gould 2
Scarborough 4, South Portland 1
Southern Aroostook 3, Central Aroostook 2
Thornton Academy 1, Westbrook 1
Winslow 9, Waterville 0
Wisdom 4, Van Buren 4

GIRLS’ SOCCER
Bangor Christian 1, Schenck 0
Buckfield 8, Valley 0
Bucksport 2, Searsport 2
Cape Elizabeth 5, Freeport 0
Central Aroostook 3, Southern Aroostook 1
Deer Isle-Stonington 3, Narraguagus 1
Deering 1, Cheverus 0
Edward Little 3, Cony 1
Fort Kent 1, Fort Fairfield 1
Greely 4, Fryeburg Academy 0
Hodgdon 5, Katahdin 0
Lawrence 5, Skowhegan 0
Lee Academy 1, Penquis Valley 0
Lincoln Academy 3, Morse 2
Lisbon 3, Oak Hill 2
Madawaska 12, Limestone 0
Madison 5, Mt. Abram 1
Maine Central Institute 2, Nokomis 0
Maranacook 1, Gardiner 0
Monmouth Academy 3, Mountain Valley 1
Mt. Ararat 3, Messalonskee 2
Oceanside 5, Medomak Valley 1
Old Town 4, Ellsworth 0
Piscataquis 3, Dexter 1
Portland 5, Sanford 1
Rangeley 2, Greater Portland Christian 0
Sacopee Valley 4, Old Orchard Beach 0
Scarborough 3, South Portland 0
Shead 1, East Grand 0
Thornton Academy 3, Westbrook 0
Traip Academy 3, North Yarmouth Academy 0
Waterville 7, Winslow 0
Windham 10, McAuley 0
Wisdom 3, Van Buren 1

FIELD HOCKEY
Brewer 5, Waterville 1
Central 3, Piscataquis 2
Fryeburg Academy 5, Gray-New Gloucester 0
Kennebunk 2, Freeport 1
Lincoln Academy 2, Morse 1
Lisbon 2, Mountain Valley 0
Maine Central Institute 3, Maranacook 1
Messalonskee 8, Mt. Ararat 0
North Yarmouth Academy 2, Traip Academy 0
Poland 3, Greely 2
Sacopee Valley 6, Old Orchard Beach 0
Winslow 4, Belfast 0

BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Brunswick 54, Maranacook 55, Mt. Ararat 57, Lisbon 111, Leavitt 125, Monmouth Academy 166
Falmouth 16, Greely 49, Gray-New Gloucester 79
Merriconeag 37, Freeport 39, Yarmouth 70, North Yarmouth Academy 89

GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Greely 24, Falmouth 32, Gray-New Gloucester 84
Maranacook 37, Brunswick 52, Monmouth Academy 78, Mt. Ararat 78, Oxford Hills 126
Yarmouth 30, Merriconeag 54, Freeport 65, North Yarmouth Academy 77

GOLF
Waterville 4.5, Medomak Valley 1.5
Wells 7, Old Orchard Beach 0

VOLLEYBALL
Falmouth 3, Kennebunk 0
Greely 3, Yarmouth 1
Narraguagus 3, Jonesport-Beals 0
Scarborough 3, Gorham 0
Thornton Academy 3, South Portland 0

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