The 2021 high school golf season saw the return of the championships and more games compared to what was played in the pandemic-altered 2020 campaign.
The two-month long season – golfers only had three weeks of competition in 2020 – culminated with the state championships at Natanis Golf Club in Vassalboro.
And the Midcoast was well represented on the state scene.
Freeport sophomore Eli Spaulding won the Class B individual title with a score of 4 under 68 at Natanis.
“What Eli did at the state championship was just amazing,” Freeport head coach Jason Ouelette said. “He does things on the golf course that we don’t usually see in high school and he has a bright future ahead of him, on and off the course.”
Spaulding finished nine shots ahead of finalist Kellen Adickes of Lincoln Academy. The Falcons finished sixth out of 10 Class B teams.
“I think we’ve shown a lot of improvements throughout the season,” said Ouelette. “We lost three of our best golfers last season so I’m very happy with our 6th place finish with three freshmen and one sophomore.”
Mt. Ararat senior Ty Henke posted a 6-over 78 in the Class A Championship game. He was Midcoast’s top finisher in Class A. Charlie Austin of Brunswick was close behind, scoring 10 of 82.
The Dragons were fifth out of 10 teams in the Class A State Championship tag team game, while the Eagles took 7th place.
“I think the season has gone as planned,” said Mt. Ararat head coach Gerry Caron. “We’ve had ups and downs, but it’s golf.
The Dragons and Eagles have also faced each other several times during the fall.
“It was nice playing against a great team like Mount Ararat every week,” Brunswick head coach Mike Routhier said.
Of Mt. Ararat’s nine regular season games, six have been played against Camden Hills and Brunswick at Brunswick Golf Club.
“It still didn’t seem to be completely back to normal, there were still signs that COVID was making a difference in our schedule,” Caron said. “We got to know these two teams, but we barely played away. The three matches turned things into an interesting twist, but I think our players enjoy playing against one school. “
Elsewhere in Class B, Morse had a young but deep roster with 16 golfers competing.
“We were in major restart mode to start the season,” said Shipbuilders coach Mike Dutton. “That being said, we were the biggest team in terms of the number of golfers I’ve seen all season.”
The Shipbuilders haven’t won a game all season, falling to Leavitt in a preliminary game at the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference. Dutton said Morse’s game opener score was 268. He shot a 211 against Leavitt at Turner.
“The improvement has been fantastic, but we’ve had a lot of inexperienced golfers this season,” he said. “We have really improved significantly 15 of our 16 golfers, which we hope to build on in the near future. “
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