Ocean City Today

Krall: Kinsey ‘should be our rock all season’

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Aug 31, 2017
Courtesy of: SDHS GOLF Stephen Decatur golf team Coach Jim Krall, right, is joined by his six varsity returners, from left, junior Blaine Warren, senior Spencer Carbaugh, junior Hayden Snelsire, senior captain Matt Kinsey, sophomore Brady Leonard and junior Emily Malinowski.

(Sept. 1, 2017) The Stephen Decatur golf team was scheduled to begin tryouts on Tuesday, but Mother Nature postponed the Seahawks’ start to Wednesday.

After a two-day tryout, Coach Jim Krall planned to have the players split between varsity and JV by the end of the week.

Leading Decatur this year will be senior captain Matt Kinsey, who has been a member of the varsity squad since his freshman year.

“Matt Kinsey should be our rock all season. He’s put in the most time in the offseason and is prepared for competition,” said Krall, now in his 20th season as head coach. “He is an amazing motivator and will lead the team with tenacity and vigor. He is our ‘Honey Badger.’”

Kinsey was one of five Decatur golfers to advance to states in 2016. He joined then-senior co-captains Matt Kristick and Tanner Leonard and then-sophomore Hayden Snelsire to compete as a team during the state championship, while then-sophomore Emily Malinowski played individually.

Kinsey, making his second state tournament appearance, led the foursome, shooting a 77. Kristick, a four-time state championship participant, carded an 82. Leonard, in his second state competition, scored an 84. In his state match debut, Snelsire tallied a 90. The Seahawks recorded a team score of 333. Of the 12 3A/4A teams that participated, the top four advanced to the final round. Decatur finished in fifth place by one stroke.

Despite the boys not qualifying as a team for the final round, Kinsey, Kristick and Leonard advanced because of their individual scores.

The cutoff was 84 for male golfers and 87 for females. Malinowski, in her state tournament debut, shot a 99 in the semifinal round.

Kinsey carded a 79 in the finals for a two-day total of 156. He finished 16th in the state overall out of 161 golfers. Kinsey led the team last year with a 38.5 average. He tied for second place in the Bayside Conference with James M. Bennett’s Ayden Whitehead. Kinsey earned All-Bayside Conference First Team honors.

Returning with the most experience, Kinsey is ready to lead the team to success this year.

“I feel I can take on the role as being leader of the Decatur golf program this year because I’m going to bring a very positive attitude and good play to the team that will spread throughout everyone else on the team,” he said. “I feel a little pressured knowing that I am the leader on the team and having to perform every week, but with the way my game has been through the summer into this upcoming high school season I think my results will continue to improve.”

Despite graduating Kristick and Leonard, who Krall said would be missed, Kinsey returns along with five other players – Snelsire and Malinowski, now juniors, senior Spencer Carbaugh, junior Blaine Warren and sophomore Brady Leonard. In 2016, they helped Decatur win seven matches during the regular season and finish second in three. The team also captured the Bayside Conference and District VIII championship titles.

“[We have] so many returners with match experience,” Krall said. “[We’re] pretty young [with] just two seniors, but [we have] great kids who are fun to be around.”

Snelsire received Second Team honors and finished ninth overall in the conference last season with a 43.67 average. Brady Leonard and Carbaugh earned All-Conference Honorable Mention in 2016 for finishing 11th (44.43 average) and 12th (45.83), respectively. Malinowski led the field of female golfers during the District VIII tournament and earned medalist honors.

“I am really excited about this coming year because we have a very solid group of players coming back and we are really motivated to getting back to states and doing well as a team,” Kinsey said. “The returning varsity players will make a huge impact on the team this year because they have worked on their craft really hard this summer to make this coming season the best they can possibly make it. Their experience will give our team the advantage over many other teams in the conference and the state.”

Kinsey’s personal goals are to be Bayside Player of the Year and have a scoring average as close to even par as possible. His main objective is to return to states and win.

“The team goals will be to win the Bayside Conference, get back to states as a team, and try to qualify for the second day at states as a team,” he added.

Krall thinks his squad should be competitive on this side of the Bay Bridge.

“I would love to have the team qualify for states so I can get a look at how the young players perform at ‘The Show,’” Krall said. “It’s no secret that I would love for Matt Kinsey to become the first Decatur golfer to win states as an individual. Not only would that be awesome for Matt, but also for the school.”

Sept. 5: Ocean City Golf Club, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 7: Bay Club, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 12: River Run, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 14:  Ocean Pines Golf Club, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 19: GlenRiddle, 3:30 p.m

Sept.: 20: Eagle’s Landing, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 21: Man of War, 3:30m p.m.

Sept. 26: Eagle’s Landing, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 28: Green Hill Yacht/County Club, 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 3: Great Hope, 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 5: Nutters Crossing, 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 10: District VIII tournament, noon, Hyatt

Oct. 12: Bayside championship, noon, Queenstown

Oct. 19: War Admiral

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