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State individual golf championships set today

By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff

A week ago, it was all about the team as Houlton High School won its second straight Class C state golf championship.

Today, weather permitting, members of that team will return to Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro seeking a different brand of glory as the state individual championships are contested.

Tee time is 10 a.m., though the start may be delayed depending on when the weather clears Saturday morning, according to Jeff Sturgis, assistant executive director of the Maine Principals’ Association. Sturgis added the ideal situation would be to complete the event Saturday, in part because Natanis Golf Course has access to a larger course maintenance crew on Saturday than it would have if the event were pushed back to sometime next week.

Gaige Flewelling, Ian Gervais, Nick Chase and Logan Shaffer all will represent Houlton in the Class C competition to be held on Natanis’ Arrowhead course, the same layout where the Shiretowners edged Saint Dominic of Lewiston by a single stroke, 327-328, to earn the team title last weekend.

Ian Gervais, the son of Houlton coach Marty Gervais, led the Shiretowners at the team tournament with a 5-over-par 77, followed by Chase (82), Parker Sanderson (83) and Flewelling (85). Sanderson’s round featured an eagle on the par-4 ninth hole that proved pivotal to his team’s success.

Flewelling was Houlton’s top qualifier for the individual championships when he earned medalist honors with a 74 at the Penobscot Valley Conference qualifying meet. Gervais was just two strokes back, while Chase (79) and Shaffer (84) also played their way into the field.

Tim Millett of North Yarmouth Academy, who won the Class C individual title last year, is back to defend that championship, while other contenders include D’Mitri Monroe of Jonesport-Beals, who finished second to Millett at the 2009 event, as well as Seth Sweet of Madison and Jordan Jones of Wiscasset.

The girls individual championship also being held on Arrowhead. Laura Grant of Greely of Cumberland Center is the defending champion and the top finisher at this year’s combined Southern Maine Activities Association and Western Maine Conference qualifying meet. Last year’s state runner-up, Karlee Soracco of Leavitt of Turner Center, also is back.

The Class A and B individual championships will be held on the adjacent Tomahawk course. Top Class A qualifiers from Eastern Maine include Kyle Alexander and Evan Nadeau of Brewer, Kyle Bonenfant of Cony of Augusta, and Chris Howat and Cam Roy of Bangor.

In Class B, Malcolm Oliver of Lincoln Academy of Newcastle, Jamie Jackson of Belfast and Cameron Clement of Rockland are among the top qualifiers.

Rockland plans for football finaleThe final regular season home football game in Rockland District High School history is scheduled for Oct. 22 and several events have been scheduled in conjunction with the contest between the Tigers and Old Town.

All former Rockland players, coaches and cheerleaders will be admitted to the game free and then be honored at halftime. Those persons are asked to register at the gate, which opens at 6 p.m.

A no-host social will be held after the game at the Trackside Restaurant at the old train station on 4 Union St., and the first Rockland Tiger Football Alumni Golf Tournament is set for Oct. 23. Registration begins at 11:15 a.m. at the Rockland Golf Course, and cost is $75 per player for the noon shotgun start.

For more information on the events, visit rocklandtigerfootball.com or call Doug Curtis Jr. at 594-9323, 594-8740 or e-mail him at gendoug@midcoast.com.

Beginning in September 2011, Rockland District High School will merge with neighboring Georges Valley High School of Thomaston to form Oceanside High School, whose teams will be known as the Mariners.

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