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Golf 2022 wraps up: Maranacock celebrates its first official tournament

Golf 2022 wraps up: Maranacock celebrates its first official tournament

Maranacoook’s White Folsom finished second in the Class C state championships on October 8 at Natanis Golf Course. Maranacock won the C-class team title. Joe Phelan / Kennebec Magazine

Stay in yourselves. Trust each other. Play as a team.

For some, these notes are clichés. For the Maranacoque golf team, they played a role in the program’s first state title.

The Black Bears’ Class C victory on October 8 at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro was a highlight of the golf season at Central Maine High School, as Maranacook’s 334 beat St. Dominic (343), Dexter (348), Fort Kent (359) and Matanaucock (372).

The balanced slate, and yes, some simple wisdom has a lot to do with it, said coach Ryan Miserf.

He said: “We knew we had a chance, but there are so many variables that came into play that last day that you don’t want to over-talk about something and get overly anxious. Trying to keep calm and play within themselves is something we’ve tried really hard to work on as a team. .

“The team trusted each other too, which is a huge thing. They always knew someone could pick them up from any of the six points. This is a huge advantage and it doesn’t happen often at the high school level.”

Junior White Folsom scored 2-over 74 in the state championship, but received plenty of support from Ben Jewett (85) and brothers Brandon Shelton (86) and Ethan Shelton (89).

The Black Bears knocked over during the regular season undefeated, highlighted by a pair of close wins over Kony. Either way, Meserve said, the score fell to 5 or 6 golfers who came in with a score in the low forties.

“The team knew they never got out of it; they always trusted each other,” Miserf said. “It made them play more relaxed and confident. They didn’t have to try to make a number out of their control in any particular hole.”

Wyatt Folsom of Maranacoook watches a tee shot during the Class C Championship on October 8 at Natanis Golf Course in Vasalborough. Joe Phelan / Kennebec Magazine

Although Maranacock faltered third behind eventual Class B champion Leavitt and Belfast in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B competition, the result was a blessing in disguise, Merserve said.

“I think in some ways it was good to have a bad day in those high-powered situations,” he said. “I think they realized it wasn’t the end of the world, so that helped us go to State Day.”

Folsom went on to shoot the 77 at the New England High School Golf Championship on October 31 at Mohegan Sun Golf Course in Connecticut.

The best part for Maranacoque? Everyone returns next year. James Marr, who shot 43 in the Class B Shootout despite fighting with an injured finger, joins the Folsom, Jewett and Chilton brothers, among others. But don’t expect an early trophy celebration in 2023.

“We just have to temper those expectations,” Meserve said with a laugh. “It is good to be confident but not conceited. Everything has to be earned.”

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Maranacoke wasn’t the only area team to create quite a stir this fall. A year after Gardiner won just one game, a pair of youngsters helped the Tigers in a surprising season that culminated in a draw with defending champion Yarmouth in the Class B Championship on October 8 at Natanese’s Tomahawk Stadium.

Jack Quinn, who despite being a freshman was considered Gardiner’s number one golfer since the start of summer training, hit 73 to finish second by one stroke. In the KVAC playoffs four days ago, Quinn hit an 81 by one, one stroke ahead of fellow sophomore Austin Gold, as Tigers finished fourth, a finish that got the team “very excited,” coach Ryan Low said.

“We had two really strong players at the top of the squad and we knew they would be good for the season,” Loew said. “We knew Jack Quinn would be a good player, and he has been amazing throughout the whole season. Having someone like that at the top of your squad would make any team strong, and that was definitely the case for us.”

Quinn, who averaged nine holes on 36 points during the regular season, according to Law, went on to tie for 16th out of 72 players in the New England Championship. Her teammate Dakota Lovely took part in the girls’ side by shooting 101.

Gardiner’s Jack Quinn finished second in the Category B singles title on Saturday at Natanese Golf Course in Vasalborough. Joe Phelan / Kennebec Magazine

Elsewhere, Levitt claimed the Class B team title, led by girls’ singles champion Jade Haylock (80) and Billy Visconti (81), followed by Alexis McCormick (83), Aidan Lind (86) and AJ Davis (91).

Haylock went on to tie to finish ninth in the New England Championships, topping Maine golfers, while McCormick tied for 18th.

Alex Grant of Nokomis scored a 78 to finish fourth among the Class B boys, while Oliver Rodrigue (82) finished seventh for Kony, who also took an 86 from Alex Fournier to finish sixth as a team.

In Class C, Central Maine swept the singles titles, with Owen Moore shooting the 73rd to defeat Maranacook’s Folsom by one stroke. Jillian Blamondon scored 92 goals to win the girls’ crown.

Carter O’Donnell (91) drove Monmouth in the C-Class Championship, firing Colton Bird from Winthrop 94.

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