Ocean City Today

SD golf team Dist. VIII runner-up

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Oct 12, 2017
Courtesy of: SDHS GOLF The Stephen Decatur golf team finished runner-up by one stroke to James M. Bennett during the District VIII match on Tuesday at the Hyatt in Cambridge. Decatur golfers, from left, are sophomore Brady Leonard, senior captain Matt Kinsey, juniors Hayden Snelsire and Emily Malinowski and senior Spencer Carbaugh.

(Oct. 13, 2017) By one stroke, the Stephen Decatur golf team came in second place during the District VIII tournament, held on Tuesday at the Hyatt Resort in Cambridge.

James M. Bennett won the competition shooting a 333. Decatur scored a 334. Kent Island tallied a 337 to finish third.

“The team grinded it out and never gave up. Falling short to Bennett by one stroke is heartbreaking, however, Coach [Don] Furbay and I, and the team, were so excited about qualifying [for states] as a team and really look forward to the state tournament in two weeks,” said Decatur Coach Jim Krall. “It was our team goal to advance to ‘The Show’ as a four-person team instead of just a few individuals. It makes advancing to the states more exciting and rewarding for a season culmination.”

Junior Hayden Snelsire led Decatur with an 81. Senior captain Matt Kinsey carded an 83 and junior Emily Malinowski and sophomore Brady Leonard both tallied 85s.

“We knew this team had the abilities to achieve at a high level, regardless of the up and downs throughout the regular season. The performance was both inspiring as well as rewarding for Decatur golf,” Krall said. “It’s hard to pinpoint the hero on the day, but certainly Hayden brought his ‘A’ game and may have been the pivotal score to solidify our success.”

The cutoff score for teams to advance to states was 338. Decatur will compete in the 3A/4A class. Kinsey, Malinowski, Snelsire and Leonard will play together as a team at states, held at the University of Maryland-College Park, Oct. 23-25.

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