GSA golf team edges into states

Dakota Chipman eyes a putt

Dakota Chipman eyes a putt at Bar Harbor Golf Course in Trenton during the final regular season match. Photo courtesy of Dwayne Carter

The George Stevens Academy golf team finished its regular season Monday, September 28, in Ellsworth with wins over Calais and Ellsworth. That makes the regular season record 10 wins and 6 losses.

With a fourth-place finish at the Penobscot Valley Conference Championships on October 5, which had been postponed one day due to a storm that dumped eight inches of rain on the area, the team secured a spot at states.

Conditions at PVC were very cold, with the day starting out in the mid 30s and with winds gusting to 30 miles per hour. The course was extra challenging, said Coach Dwayne Carter, “as it was wet and in some cases the sand traps were filled with water and unplayable.”

The PVC tournament also acts as the individual qualifier for the Individual State Championship. Up to 21 individuals from the conference can qualify for the individual state championship. Athletes have to score under 90 and be in the top 21. The weather really took its toll on play, and only 13 golfers from Classes B and C qualified. No team members from GSA qualified for the individual competition.

Team members representing GSA at the PVCs and this Saturday at Natanis for the State Team Championships are senior Dakota Chipman, junior Nick Norton, sophomores Tyler McKenney and Stefan Simmons and freshman Percy Zentz.

The team is very focused on improving their weaknesses this week to be ready to compete Saturday. They are determined to have an improved performance over their PVC Championship match, according to Coach Carter.

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