Players to Watch in Southern Maine

Sept. 7 – Lincoln Academy sophomore Kellen Adickes: Adickes tied for second in the Class B championships last year with a 77. He was also second in the junior flight at the Maine Event, shooting an 81 then a 71.

Connor Albert, Greely senior: 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 in the year former.

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

Quinn Dillon, Gorham senior: 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.

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

Lucas Flaherty, South Portland senior: A standout since his first season, Flaherty hit a 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.

John Hwang, Falmouth Jr.: 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 junior: The only senior in an experienced Dragons squad, Stromick is back as Brunswick’s No.

Ruth Weeks, Greely senior: 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.

Michael C. Ford