GSA golf team picks up third-place at States Wins Sportsmanship Award

2017 Sportsmanship Award

George Stevens Academy assistant golf coach Ebb Walton, John Bakeman, Jacob Russett, Tyler McKenney, Percy Zentz, Stefan Simmons and head coach Dwayne Carter accept the 2017 Class C North Sportsmanship Award. Courtesy of Dwayne Carter

Blue Hill—The George Stevens Academy golf team finished in third place behind Houlton and Mattanawcook Academy at the Maine State Team Championships at Natanis Golf Course in Vasselboro on October 7.

A fourth-place finish by junior Percy Zentz highlighted the final team competition of the season for the Eagles. Zentz shot an 82 during the 18-hole round, while teammate Tyler McKenney finished in sixth place with a round of 83.

Coach Dwayne Carter said his team felt prepared going into the match, having practiced at Deer Isle Country Club and Kebo Valley Club prior to competing in the state championship.

“I felt we were in great shape,” said Carter. “Everyone was relaxed and confident. We had discussed the course hole by hole in detail and we had good confidence going in.”

Zentz, McKenney and teammate Stefan Simmons held the leadership roles heading into the competition, as all three had played at the state championship level during their high school careers. Carter said that experience increased the confidence level of the team.

Despite the top-three finish, Carter said both he and the team had higher expectations.

“We were a little disappointed coming in third as we thought we had a chance to be runner’s up or even upset Mattanawcook possibly,” he said.

In addition to finishing in the top three, the team was also given the Class C North Sportsmanship Award, which is voted on by all schools in Northern Maine regardless of class.

“This is a great reflection of how terrific our team is and what great young individuals they are. I am very proud of them,” said Carter.

With individual finishes inside the top 10, Zentz and McKenney have both qualified for the State Individual Championships, at Natanis Golf Course on October 14. Carter said he is confident that his players will both have good showings.

“I feel they are playing their best golf of the season,” he said. “They have grown tremendously over the season in confidence and overall play. Their mental toughness has been great which will be another advantage.”

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