Ocean City Today

Decatur golf Ryder Cup champions

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Oct 26, 2017
Courtesy of: SDHS GOLF The Stephen Decatur, left, and Worcester Prep golf teams recently competed in a three-round Ryder Cup match. Decatur won 13.5-2.5.

(Oct. 27, 2017) The Stephen Decatur golf team won its Ryder Cup competition with Worcester Prep, 13.5-2.5.

“Both Decatur and Worcester truly look forward to the Ryder Cup matches,” Decatur Coach Jim Krall said. “The format is a refreshing change to our regular stroke-play matches.”

“It was a nice opportunity for the two local teams to compete at Eagle’s Landing and GlenRiddle courses,” added Prep Coach Don McMullen. “We enjoyed the competition very much…The players enjoyed the format. They like competing against the local players.”

Round one was a best ball format and took place at Eagle’s Landing in Berlin on Sept. 20. Decatur won 4-0.

Senior captain Matt Kinsey/junior Hayden Snelsire, junior Blaine Warren/sophomore Dan Mitchell, junior Emily Malinowski/junior Joe Beck and sophomore Brady Leonard/senior Spencer Carbaugh scored points for Decatur.

The next day, round two – alternate shot format – was played at GlenRiddle in Berlin. Decatur outscored Worcester 3-1.

Kinsey/Snelsire, Warren/Mitchell and Malinowski/Beck earned victories. Prep senior captains Austin Taylor and partner Brendan Miller won their match.

After two rounds, Decatur led 7-1.

“Coach [Don] Furbay and I were very pleased with the team's performance. Captain Matt Kinsey arranged the pairings for both days and his strategy paid off,” Krall said. “Furthermore, varsity player [sophomore] Blake Marshall could not participate either day so his shoes were filled by JV player, Danny Mitchell, who contributed to the team's two victories.”

The final round – straight match play 8v8 – took place Oct. 19 at GlenRiddle. Decatur came out on top 6.5-1.5.

Kinsey, Leonard, Snelsire, Carbaugh, Marshall and Beck won their matches. Prep freshman Kaden Mault was victorious. Malinowski and Worcester sophomore Colby Hook tied and each earned half a point.

“Obviously, Coach Furbay and I were very proud of the strong performance of our players. We know they all loved the competition,” Krall said. “Worcester Prep players are very talented and have great sportsmanship qualities, which is a tribute to their coach and parents.”

“We would like to thank Coach Krall for scheduling the Ryder Cup after not being able to play last year due to scheduling challenges for the schools,” McMullen said. “We look forward to having the Ryder Cup competition between our schools continue next year.”

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