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Decatur golf team wins one, places second in another

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Sep 28, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Stephen Decatur sophomore Brady Leonard shot the lowest score during Monday’s match at the Bay Club in Berlin to earn medalist honors.

(Sept. 29, 2017) The battle continues for the top spot in the Bayside South Conference as golf teams went head-to-head on Monday and Tuesday this week.

The Stephen Decatur golf team earned first place on Monday, shooting a 155 at the Bay Club in Berlin.

“Today’s win was extremely important, not just from the angle of closing the gap with Bennett by one match, but more importantly to reassure my team that they have the ability to play really good golf,” Decatur Coach Jim Krall said. “Coach [Don] Furbay and I are so impressed with our players, for relaxing and playing their game without the stress of trying to be a hero for the team. Their true talent finally came out and we hope the confidence boost they got today carries us into our home match tomorrow and continues for the rest of the season.”

Sophomore Brady Leonard led the Seahawks, scoring a 38.

“We are especially proud and excited for Brady, who earned his first medalist honors of his high school career shooting the lowest round on the day out in the largest field of the season thus far,” Krall said.

Senior captain Matt Kinsey, senior Spencer Carbaugh and junior Emily Malinowski all carded 39s.

James M. Bennett came in second place in the seven-school match, tallying a 164.

“Coach Furbay and I truly believe in this team’s ability to give Bennett a run for the Bayside South title,” Krall said. “There’s a lot of golf left and Bennett is not going to let up. Our players need to believe in themselves and good things will happen.”

Worcester Prep, of the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference, joined the field for the first time this season and finished in third place with a 184.

“It’s my first year coaching and I felt so welcomed,” Prep Coach Don McMullen said. “I was pleased, but I don’t think we played up to our potential.”

Senior captain Brendan Miller shot a 43 to lead Worcester. Sophomore Colby Hook recorded a 44, junior Jacob Meakin tallied a 46 and senior captain Austin Taylor scored a 51.

“Our guys really enjoyed the opportunity to compete against six other high schools,” McMullen said. “Stephen Decatur and Bennett have some good programs. We’re going to hold our own.”

Bennett won Tuesday’s eight-school competition at Eagle’s Landing Golf Course in Berlin, with a team score of 164. Decatur finished in second place with a 171, followed by Worcester Prep, who carded a 187.

“Coach Furbay and I are totally perplexed. This is a team who has the ability to go low in every match and repeat as the Bayside South champions, but has not been consistent at all and has not shown the conference their true talents,” Krall said. “It’s been a roller coaster ride of peaks and valleys this year.”

Krall admitted he was disappointed for Decatur to lose on its home course.

“We were beat by a team who is clicking on all cylinders and we’re struggling to find the comfort zone,” Krall said.

Leonard shot a 41, junior Hayden Snelsire a 42 and Kinsey and Malinowski logged 44s.

“Our main focus right now should be to do what it takes to get each player’s game in tip-top shape and peak when it matters the most – the District tournament on Oct. 10, and advance to states as a team after that,” Krall said. “The state tournament is truly the ‘show.’ That’s where college coaches acknowledge a player, and it’s the most culminating event of the season.

“Coach Furbay and I hope that everyone takes the necessary time to work on their flaws and finish the season strong with no regrets,” added Krall.

McMullen was pleased with his players’ performance during the Mallards’ second and final match with the Bayside schools.

“I was proud of them. They did a good job,” McMullen said.

Miller (42), Hook (46), Taylor (48) and Meakin (51) contributed to the third-place finish.

“They have true grit and competed with some of the best golfers on the shore,” he said.

Worcester’s next match is Wednesday at Nutters Crossing in Salisbury at 3:30 p.m. The Bayside schools will compete on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Great Hope Golf Course in Princess Anne.

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