GSA golf on course for strong season

George Stevens Academy varsity golf team

Front row from left: Duncan Howell, John Bakeman, Joey Mitchell, Percy Zentz and Gavin Mote. Back row: Head Coach Dwayne Carter, Stefan Simmons, Jackson Billings, Jarrod Chase, Tyler McKinney and Assistant Coach Ebb Walton. Missing from photo is Boris Chen. Photo by Monique Labbe

BLUE HILL—The George Stevens Academy golf team is off to a hot start, led by sophomore Percy Zentz, who, in the last three matches, has recorded scores no higher than four over par at each golf course.

“The kids have really been working hard,” said head coach Dwayne Carter during the team’s home match against Calais, which GSA won 172-254.

Since that match, the team took second place in a match against Mattanawcook Academy and Greenville on Friday, September 9. Zentz finished with a four-over-par score of 40, and Jarrod Chase shot a 43. Other notable scorers were Stefan Simmons with a score of 46, while Tyler McKinney shot a 49.

The team traveled to Calais Monday, September 12, taking a first-place finish over the host team and Narraguagus Academy. Zentz medaled in that match with a score of 39, while McKinney finished just behind him with a 40.

Carter said the season is already closing in on the playoffs, with the Penobscot Valley Conference Championship scheduled for Thursday, September 29, at Jato Highlands Golf Course in Lincoln. Those who qualify for the State Championship will have one week to prepare for the October 8 tournament at Natanis Golf Course in Vasselboro.

“The short season makes it tricky because once you start playing matches there isn’t really a lot of time to practice,” said Carter. “But once you get into match mode, you really just learn and adjust on the fly. You learn that if you make mistakes, you need to shake it off and move on to the next shot. It’s mental as much as it is physical.”

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