Ocean City Today

Decatur golfers shoot around season averages during states

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Nov 02, 2017
Courtesy of: SDHS GOLF Stephen Decatur golf team Head Coach Jim Krall, left, and Assistant Coach Don Furbay, right, join players, from left, sophomore Brady Leonard, senior captain Matt Kinsey and juniors Emily Malinowski and Hayden Snelsire, before the semifinal round of the 3A/4A state championship at University of Maryland – College Park last Monday.

(Nov. 3, 2017) The four Stephen Decatur golfers who participated in the 3A/4A state competition at University of Maryland – College Park gave it their all during the semifinals last Monday, but their scores didn’t advance them to Wednesday’s championship round.

“Honestly, most players shot their season average at states, which is very respectable considering they were playing conditions that are very foreign to all of them with the elevation changes,” said Decatur Coach Jim Krall. “Of course we are disappointed that no one advanced to the final round, however, the team gave 100 percent on every shot and that’s all Coach [Don] Furbay and I ask of them.”

Senior captain Matt Kinsey shot an 84, sophomore Brady Leonard carded an 86 and juniors Hayden Snelsire and Emily Malinowski scored 87 and 91, respectively. The team total was a 348.

Decatur came in first place in four matches this season and runner-up in five to finished in second place overall. The Seahawks took second in the District VIII tournament, one stroke behind James M. Bennett.

“The team had a very successful season and continued the tradition of being a powerhouse in the conference,” Krall said. “The bar is extremely high with our program…The kids are expected to perform at the highest level.

“Coach Furbay and I feel as though our players continued with that tradition of excellence with not only talent but more importantly, sportsmanship and character,” Krall continued.

Decatur golfers who received All-Bayside Conference First Team honors were Kinsey (41 average), Malinowski (42.1) and Leonard (42.18). Snelsire (42.82) and senior Spencer Carbaugh (44.67) earned Second Team accolades.

Krall presented Kinsey with the team MVP award. Malinowski was given the Most Improved award and Snelsire the Sportsmanship award.

The team will graduate just two golfers – Kinsey and Carbaugh.

“Returning players and their parents are already making statements like, “Can’t wait until next year,’” Krall said. “We will be competitive again, but will need a strong fourth player to help Brady, Hayden and Emily in every match.”

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