BLUE HILL—The leaves are just starting to change color on the Peninsula but the George Stevens Academy golf team is already midway through its season.
Boasting a perfect record of 8-0, the team is a mix of experience and potential, according to head coach Dwayne Carter.
Junior Percy Zentz, who was a third-place finisher at the Class C State Championships a year ago, has picked up where he left off with first-place finishes in all but one meet this season, while seniors Tyler McKenney and Stefan Simmons have provided depth. All three have a shot at qualifying for the State Championship this season, said Carter.
The season has been highlighted by a difficult win against MDI…[in] winds blowing up to 30 miles per hour.
—Dwayne Carter, GSA Varsity Golf Coach
Sumner High School transfer Jacob Russet is a newcomer to the team this year. A former soccer player, Russet played golf as a young kid and has been polishing off the rust as the season has progressed, Carter said.
Other players that have been improving every day are seniors Gavin Mote and Doug Veazie, sophomores Joey Mitchell, John Bakeman and Duncan Howell, and freshman Tony Politano, according to Carter.
“All of these players have been improving their scores and will be competing for a spot on the playoff lineup, which can only include five players,” he said.
Carter said the season has been highlighted by a difficult win at Kebo Valley Club against Mount Desert Island High School.
“[It was] a difficult day with winds blowing up to 30 miles per hour, no sun and temperatures in the low 50s,” said Carter. “Everyone was very focused and really started thinking course management and factoring weather conditions. It was a bit of a turning point as I felt we grew as a team and as individuals that day.”
Qualifiers for the Penobscot Valley Conference Championship are September 28 at Jato Highlands in Lincoln. In the meantime, the team has meets against Mattanawcook Academy, Houlton, Greenville and Bucksport on the schedule.
“Our goal is to be one of the top four teams to qualify for the state championship,” said Carter.