H.S. golf: Leavitt’s Ruby Haylock, Monmouth’s Abby Flanagan win women state titles

H.S. golf: Leavitt’s Ruby Haylock, Monmouth’s Abby Flanagan win girls state titles

Leavitt’s Ruby Haylock watches her shot in the course of the Class B/C state championship Saturday at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal Purchase this Photograph

VASSALBORO — It was one other battle at the highschool golf state championship for Leavitt teammates Ruby Haylock and Morgan Dutil, who shared final yr’s women particular person title.

This yr’s Class B women particular person title went outright to Haylock, who shot 6-over-78 at Natanis Golf Course on Saturday to edge Dutil (80).

Leavitt’s Morghan Dutil watches shot fly throughout state golf championship Saturday at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal Purchase this Photograph

“We’ve at all times had a competitiveness between us,” Haylock stated. “Even after we’ll exit and play matches, we’re at all times choosing on one another, we’ll bicker and trash speak like loopy. However we now have a lot enjoyable.”

Haylock had par or higher on 13 holes to earn extra {hardware} in what’s been a season to recollect. The junior gained the Ladies’s Am in July.

“This yr has been my most profitable yr general,” she stated. “It’s been superb. I like it.”

Monmouth’s Abby Flanagan capped off her highschool profession with the Class C women title, capturing 84 to carry off the sector by 9 strokes.

“It feels actually good to come back out on high. I’ve been working arduous this previous summer time and fall,” she stated. “I do know I didn’t play one of the best immediately, it was one among my worst rounds. However I simply needed to maintain capturing each shot. On to the following one.”

Monmouth’s Abby Flanagan watches her shot fly off the tee in the course of the Class B/C state championship Saturday at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal Purchase this Photograph

For the Freeport golf group, the one thriller was whether or not it might get an opportunity to play.

“We have been fortunate and lucky that Cumberland County stayed inexperienced,” coach Jason Ouellette stated. “I’ve been counting the times for the reason that season began, to only get us via Columbus Day weekend.”

The Falcons obtained that likelihood, and so they didn’t depart a lot room for drama Saturday afternoon. Led by particular person champion Matt Kempf’s 5-over 77, Freeport rolled to its first Class B golf championship, capturing 324 for a 12-stroke victory over Waterville and Yarmouth. Leavitt (342) and Oceanside (357) rounded out the highest 5.

“I feel our high 4 might be one of many strongest within the state,” stated Kempf, a senior. “It’s fairly arduous to beat us. We’ve grown as a group. We’ve come very far.”

Defending champion York didn’t play, as York County’s yellow designation dominated out fall sports activities for its faculties. However after ending runner-up the earlier fall, the Falcons reached a stage that may have been arduous for any group to match.

“We knew this was the strongest group we’ve had to date,” stated TJ Whelan, who shot 7-over 79 and tied with Maine Central Institute’s Owen Moore for second. “We knew we could not have this robust of a group for the following 5 or 6 years. It both occurred or it didn’t immediately.”

One other former runner-up obtained over the hump in Class C, as Orono, second to Kents Hill a season in the past, shot 345 to beat St. Dominic (351), North Yarmouth Academy (357), Mattanawcook (363) and Winthrop (368). The Pink Riots, in solely their fourth season as a program and their first beneath coach Adam Grey, obtained 83s from Jason Desisto and Zack Dill, in addition to an 88 from Jordan Cota and a 91 from Franc Fowler.

Emma Skolfield of St. Dom’s tees off throughout state golf championship Saturday  at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal Purchase this Photograph

“It feels outstanding,” Desisto stated. “We got here in simply making an attempt to execute, not have any blow-up holes, attempt to not three-putt in any respect. Simply do what we do. It feels nice to win. … To carry dwelling a state championship, that’s loopy.”

In a testomony to Freeport’s expertise, the Falcons cruised on a day wherein they felt they didn’t play their greatest. They have been greater than ok on Natanis’s Tomahawk course, nonetheless, as freshman Eli Spaulding — the youngest participant on this summer time’s Maine Am — turned in an 81 and Finn Sharpe carded an 87.

“Although we didn’t play our A video games, I suppose our B or C video games have been ok,” Whelan stated. “Going into the season, we had nothing on our thoughts aside from today.”

“It’s been one thing that they’ve been constructing in direction of,” Ouellette stated. “I’d say, most likely December, we actually began specializing in a state championship.”

The largest contribution got here from Kempf, who in response to Ouellette was capturing within the 60s for 9 holes as a freshman, however who was locked in from the beginning three years later.

“I put (my first shot) on the inexperienced, and I felt assured after that,” he stated. “The whole lot fell into place. I don’t actually know learn how to really feel proper now. It’s actually overwhelming.”

Yarmouth and Waterville tied for second, however the Clippers took the fifth scorer tiebreaker.

“Once I noticed Freeport’s rating within the qualifier, I knew they have been going to be powerful to beat,” stated Waterville coach Khristian Clement, who obtained 83s from Brandon Bearce and Pete Sack, an 84 from Charlie Haberstock and an 86 from Lindsay Cote. “I’m very pleased with the blokes. A few of them are just a little pissed off that they didn’t play in addition to they’d hoped and didn’t end off their spherical in addition to they need to have, however tied for second is a superb displaying for our group.”

The Class C boys title got here all the way down to a single stroke, as Waynflete’s George Fahey shot 2-over 74 to edge Kents Hill’s T.J. Folsom.

“I used to be placing very well. I didn’t actually drive the ball that nice, however I obtained it in play after I wanted to,” stated Fahey, who was helped by 4 birdies on the Arrowhead course, together with three in a row on the fourth, fifth and sixth holes. “I knew if I performed nicely, I’d positively have a reasonably good likelihood. However I didn’t need to are available anticipating to win.”

He didn’t need to marvel the place he stood — Folsom, who had two birdies and an eagle, was within the group with him.

“We positively knew (we have been shut) and we have been very aggressive about it,” Folsom stated. “All of the credit score to him, he closed it out. … He performed lights-out golf.”

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