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Decatur golf team scores two key victories

‘We are currently soaring on adrenaline right now,’ Coach Jim Krall boasts
By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Oct 09, 2017
Courtesy of: SDHS golf Stephen Decatur senior captain Matt Kinsey tallied the lowest score of the day last Thursday at the Green Hill Country Club in Quantico, Maryland to earn medalist honors. He also took home medalist honors on Tuesday at Great Hope Golf Course in Westover.

(Oct. 6, 2017) The Stephen Decatur golf team won the last two competitions to tie the James M. Bennett Clippers for the top spot in the Bayside South Conference.

“After last Tuesday’s loss at Eagle’s Landing, I told the team that we had to win the last three matches of the regular season to repeat as Bayside South champions, and that Coach [Don] Furbay and I believed in them, but they needed to believe in themselves,” Decatur Coach Jim Krall said. “They came out and upset Bennett in the following match at their home course, Green Hill.”

Decatur shot a 166 to win last Thursday’s seven-school match at Green Hill Country Club in Quantico, Maryland. The Seahawks were led by senior captain Matt Kinsey, who posted an even par 36, which also earned him medalist honors.

Senior Spencer Carbaugh and junior Emily Malinowski both carded 43s. Sophomore Brady Leonard tallied a 44.

“It was a huge victory and confidence boost we needed to stay in the hunt,” Krall said. “Decatur normally doesn’t play as well at Green Hill as the Salisbury schools do, so the win tasted that much sweeter.

“Coach Furbay and I were particularly happy to see Matt earn medalist honors with an even par 36,” he continued. “He’s worked extremely hard during the summer, hadn’t shown his ‘A’ game up to that point, and finally found it. It’s better to peak at the end of the season and I hope the entire team finishes strong.”

Bennett scored a 169 to finish in second place. Parkside came in third with a 197.

Decatur also earned a victory on Tuesday at Great Hope Golf Course in Westover, recording a team total of 157. Kinsey posted an even par round of 36 and took home medalist honors. Leonard shot a 37, junior Hayden Snelsire carded a 41 and Malinowski a 43. Carbaugh also logged a 43.

Bennett came in second during the eight-school match with a score of 172. Washington finished in third with 190.

“In the van, on the drive to today’s match at Great Hope, senior captain Matt Kinsey had the team pumped up and confident,” Krall said. “It’s so rewarding to see a team begin to trust their abilities, believe in themselves, and go into a match with confidence and determination. We are currently soaring on adrenaline right now.”

The last match of the regular season was schedule to take place yesterday, Thursday, at Nutters Crossing in Salisbury. With Decatur and Bennett tied, the winner of the competition will be the Bayside South champion.

The District VIII championship will take place on Tuesday at the Hyatt Resort in Cambridge beginning at noon. The Seahawks are chasing another district title.

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