(Oct. 17, 2014) The Stephen Decatur golf team captured its third consecutive District VIII championship Tuesday at the Hyatt–River Marsh Golf Course in Cambridge.
Eighteen schools participated in the 18-hole competition. Decatur finished in first place with a 318. James M. Bennett’s foursome was second with a 349 and Easton took third (351).
Leading the Seahawks to victory was senior Danny Parker, who shot a 77. Parker was the male individual co-champion with Wicomico’s Tyler Joven.
Also contributing to the win was senior Delaney Iacona, the female individual champion, who carded a 78. Brooks Holloway, a senior, scored an 81 and sophomore Matt Kristick shot an 82.
The foursome will represent Decatur as a team during the 4A/3A state tournament, Oct. 27-29 on the University of Maryland College Park golf course.
Freshman Matt Kinsey carded an 82 during the district tournament. His score qualified him for states as an individual.
“It was a great day for the team, and Coach [Don] Furbay and I are thrilled that all five members will be making the trip to the big show,” said Decatur Coach Jim Krall. “Not only are we proud that our team won the districts for the third year in a row, but also very proud that we have the girls’ champion and the boys’ co-champion…It was a blustery day with wind gusts well over 30 mph.”
The Seahawks finished the 2014 regular season 10-0. They won their final match last Thursday at Ocean City Golf Club in Berlin.
Parker led Decatur with a 39. Holloway, Iacona and Kinsey each shot 40s.
“Coach Furbay and I are very proud of the team for going undefeated the entire regular season,” Krall said. “It’s a wonderful accomplishment, however, not everyone on the team was happy with their score, especially since they’ve grown up playing Ocean City Golf Club since they were old enough to hold a club. It’s definitely not what I would call our ‘A performance.’”
The Seahawks took first place with a 159. Worcester Prep, a private school of the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference, finished in second place with a 168.
Contributing to Worcester’s second-place finish were juniors Jason Cook (37) and John Meakin (41), sophomore Thomas Polk (44) and senior Rylie Doyle (46).
“Jason Cook led the Mallards with a 37 and showed a lot of guts after a triple bogey on his first hole. He rebounded with four birdies,” said Prep Coach Scot Dailey. “I am very pleased with our team’s efforts this season. A lot of hard work and practice have paid off as we have a very deep and competitive team and each week they are battling one another in qualifiers just to make the team in each weeks’ matches. With only two seniors and 11 underclassmen, the future is very bright for the WPS golf program.”
On Monday (Lighthouse Sound in Bishopville) and Tuesday (GlenRiddle in Berlin), Decatur and Worcester Prep will battle in their annual Ryder Cup events.
On Thursday Decatur will go head-to-head with Easton for the Bayside Conference championship at GlenRiddle.
That same day, Worcester Prep will compete against Salisbury School and Salisbury Christian for the ESIAC title at Lighthouse Sound.