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Decatur and Worcester battle for Ryder Cup

(Oct. 24, 2014) The Stephen Decatur and Worcester Prep golf teams competed in their annual Ryder Cup tournament Monday and Tuesday.

Decatur won the friendly competition, 10.5-5.5, to bring home the title.

Monday’s outing took place at Lighthouse Sound in Bishopville. The first four matches were partners Best Ball format for five holes. Each team scored two points apiece.

Earning victories for Worcester Prep, a private school of the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference, were teams of sophomores Reid Carey/Grant Brown and juniors Jason Cook/John Meakin.

Winning for Decatur, a public school of the Bayside Conference, were teams of freshman Matt Kinsey/sophomore Hailey Brown and seniors Brooks Holloway/Delaney Iacona.

The second four matches were partners Alternate Shot for five holes.

Tallying wins for Decatur were Kinsey/Brown, Holloway/Iacona and senior Danny Parker/sophomore Matt Kristick.

Worcester’s lone team point was courtesy of Carey/Brown.

After two sets of competition Monday, Decatur led 5-3.

“All the kids from both schools really played hard and had a great deal of fun. I thought the WP kids played really well,” said Prep Coach Scot Dailey. “We are one Decatur-made putt and one Worcester-missed putt on the last hole in the last two matches from this event being tied up. I am extremely proud of how hard our kids have worked all year to get ready for this event.”

“Coach [Don] Furbay and I were very impressed with freshman Matt Kinsey, who mentored sophomore Hailey Brown throughout the round, keeping her relaxed and focused with encouraging words and advice. It paid off as they won both their matches. Also, Brooks and Delaney played really solid throughout the day. Danny Parker and Matt Kristick, who are the No. 1 and No. 2 golfers on Decatur’s team, had a slow start due primarily to some lip out putts here and there, but eventually got the ball rolling better,” said Decatur Coach Jim Krall. “I was very impressed with Worcester Prep as a whole. Their players came out ready and determined to beat us. Coach Dailey and [Associate Head Coach Kevin] Gates had them fired up for the competition.”

On Tuesday, the teams met at GlenRiddle Golf Club in Berlin for eight, nine-hole individual one-on-one exhibitions.

Decatur outscored Worcester, 5.5-2.5, to secure the Ryder Cup.

Logging victories for the Seahawks were sophomore Bailey Warren, Kinsey, Holloway, Kristick and Iacona.

Scoring points for the Mallards were junior Bennett Truitt and Cook.

Hailey Brown and Jon Ruddo, a sophomore, finished even, so they both earned half a point for their respective teams.

“I am very proud of our kids. They battled. They have all improved so much from the beginning of the year,” Dailey said. “I am fairly certain we were the underdogs; the Decatur team is very talented, however we fought hard in every match and kept it competitive…Not to discredit some of our other matches, but this is so exciting for us because the competition is so high and I am not sure if some of these kids have felt the pressure that they have the past two days and that is exciting and gets your juices flowing. We had so much fun and I believe the kids are hungry to get better to finally win that Cup next year.”

“The Ryder Cup format is a lot of fun for everyone involved: players, parents and coaches,” Krall added. “It’s a friendly scrimmage between two high schools from the same town. We enjoy the competition from Worcester Prep every year.”

The Worcester Prep and Stephen Decatur golf teams gather for a photo at Lighthouse Sound in Bishopville before the first round of their Ryder Cup tournament began Monday.

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