Camden Hills HS junior Cole Anderson is going to miss a few golf team practices next week when the school fall sports season begins. But it's for a good reason.

Anderson will be in California playing golf at the Bel-Air Country Club and the Riviera Country Club.

Not playing just any golf...he's going to compete for the U.S. Amateur Championship. Past winners of this event include Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

Anderson will be one of 312 amateur golfers from all over the world trying to win the 2017 title. Phase one of the championship is Monday-Tuesday two rounds of stroke play. Only the top 64 scorers advance to match play on Wednesday. Eventually two golfers will play two 18-hole matches on Sunday, August 20th for the U.S. Amateur title (Live on FOX Sports).

Anderson is a two-time Class A schoolboy champion in Maine. He's a New England Junior Golf champ and Anderson finished third in the Maine Amateur Championship last month.

Anderson will tee off Monday at 4:28pm(ET) at the Bel-Air course. Tuesday tee time at Riviera is 11:13am(ET).

NOTE: Other Maine golfers who qualified in the past for the U.S. Amateur include multi-time Maine Amateur champ Ricky Jones from Thomaston and Augusta's Mark Plummer, who back in 1995, played all the way to the semi-final match. He lost to a young Tiger Woods 2-up.

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