Golf: Players to Watch in Southern Maine

Freeport’s Eli Spaulding won the Class B individual championship last fall, shooting a par 68 from 4 under. He is also Maine’s two-time junior golf champion. Gregory Rec / Personal Photographer

Kellen Adickes, sophomore at Lincoln Academy: Adickes tied for second in the Class B championships last year with a 77. He was also second in junior flight at the Maine Event, shooting an 81 and then a 71.

Connor Albert, Senior Greely: Albert is one of two returning all-SMAA first-team picks for the Rangers along with Will Klein, and he placed sixth in the Maine Junior Golf Championship after finishing second the previous year.

Yarmouth Junior Andrew Cheever: There’s no set ladder for the talent-rich Clippers, but Cheever is as good a candidate for the No. 1 spot as any. It finished tied for second in Class B last year, with a score of 5 out of 77.

Quinn Dillon, Senior Gorham: The Rams reclaim their No. 1 after shooting 76 to tie for second in last year’s Class A championship. Dillon also played in the Maine Junior Golf Championship, placing 13th with an 81 and an 85.

Falmouth Senior Paul Dilworth: After netting 77 goals to tie for fourth at last year’s Class A Championships, Dilworth is back as the best player for a Navigators team looking to repeat as state champions.

Lucas Flaherty, South Portland senior: Outstanding since his freshman season, Flaherty hit an even par 72 to win last year’s Class A individual title by four strokes. The southpaw finished tied for 28th in the Maine Event, shooting 75-79.

Falmouth Junior John Hwang: Hwang shot a 78 to finish tied for sixth at last year’s Class A championships. He is a returning first-team all-conference player and will power another great Navigators team.

Eli Spaulding, Freeport Junior: Possibly the best teenage golfer in the state, Spaulding followed up his individual 4 Under 68 and Class B victory by winning his second consecutive Maine junior golf title this summer.

Austin Stromick, Brunswick Jr.: The only senior in an experienced Dragons side, Stromick is back as Brunswick’s No.

Ruth Weeks, Senior Greely: Weeks tied for fourth in the Class A girls flight last season, and will be a popular choice to win the title this time around. She finished tied for 18th in the Women’s Amateur Championship, after opening 90 with rounds of 82 and 81.


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Michael C. Ford