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Men's golf surges on second day of State Championships, takes fifth





BOOTHBAY, Maine -- Bates senior Mike Kelen (Baltimore, Md.) fired a 73 on the second day of action to tie for sixth place individually and win All-State honors, while leading the Bobcats to fifth place out of nine teams at the Maine Intercollegiate Men's Golf Championship, which concluded on Saturday, Sept. 18 at Boothbay Golf Course.

Bates shot a 337 as a team on Friday to take sixth place, then fired a 315 on Saturday to move up a spot into fifth place at 650, just two strokes behind UMaine-Farmington and three behind third-place Colby. Bates' team score Sunday was the second best among all 10 teams, trailing only Southern Maine's 313.

Kelen's stellar round on Saturday was tied with Colby's Tripp Huber for the best score of the day, and the second-best one-day score of the tournament. Combined with his Friday score of 83, Kelen shot 156, tying Tyler Moody of the University of New England for sixth place out of 48 players. It is Kelen's second All-State performance -- he achieved the same feat as a sophomore in 2008.

Bates rookie Garrett Johnson (Lexington, Mass.) tied for 15th place overall for the Bobcats, shooting an 81 on both days. Junior Lee Smith (Lexington, Mass.) tied for 23rd place at 167, and sophomore Corey Gingras (Eastford, Conn.) tied for 30th at 173. Sophomore Jared Quenzel (West Hartford, Conn.), after struggling with a 95 on Friday, fired a 79 on Saturday.

Bates scored ahead of Southern Maine, St. Joseph's, Bowdoin and UMaine-Presque Isle. The University of New England edged Husson to end the Eagles' six-year run of state crowns.

Bates then played for the CBB title on Sunday at Brunswick Golf Club but had an off day, as Bowdoin won and Colby took second place.

State of Maine Championship Results (Excel spreadsheet)