BAR HARBOR — It was a near-perfect season for the Mount Desert Island High School varsity golf team.
In the first game of the season, the Trojans beat out George Stevens Academy by 17 strokes.
But in last week’s rematch, GSA put a dent in the Trojans’ unblemished record after coming back to win by just three strokes. GSA scored 138 to MDI’s 141, leaving the Trojans with a 13-1 season.
Head Coach Jon Nicholson said the regular season matches all are in preparation for the Penobscot Valley Conference championship.
“GSA has a very good team,” Nicholson said recently. “Fortunately, they aren’t in our conference, so we won’t face them [at the PVC championship].”
MDI will face 16 other teams today, Thursday, Sept. 29, at the PVC championship and state qualifiers at Jato Highlands Golf Course in Lincoln.
The top three teams will head to the state championships at Natanis Golf Club in Vassalboro on Saturday, Oct. 8.
The Trojans are on track to finish strong in the championship.
MDI won 13 matches this season by 17 strokes or more. The team also finished in third place against 14 other teams at an exhibition earlier this month at Penobscot Valley Country Club. MDI Senior Riley Swanson placed fourth individually out of 70 golfers.
Nicholson said the team has been steady throughout the season.
“They have been pretty consistent,” Nicholson said. “It’s just making sure they follow through every day.”
Swanson, sophomore Kyle Nicholson and senior Seth Clark have set consistently low scores in the low 40s and upper 30s. The coach attributes that to the athleticism and focus of all his players.
“Everyone on the team plays some other sport, so they are used to competition,” Nicholson said. “They thrive in it.”
The coach said he has been working with the team to stay focused and calm in spite of an error.
“If you putt badly, just make sure you stay on track,” he said.
Nicholson is confident that the Trojans will be playing in Vassalboro on Oct. 8.
“If we play the way we’ve been playing and the way we’re supposed to play, we’ll be going,” said Nicholson.