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Decatur golf team wins match, WP finishes second

(Sept. 19, 2014) Golfers representing Worcester Prep, a private school whose sports teams participate in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference, join the public schools of the Bayside Conference twice a season for competition.

Last Thursday the Worcester Prep Mallards met eight Bayside schools at Eagle’s Landing Golf Course in Berlin for a match.

The Stephen Decatur Seahawks earned first-place honors with a score of 167. Worcester Prep was second with a 176. James M. Bennett finished in third place with a 183.

Sophomore Matt Kristick led Decatur to victory, shooting a 38. Also contributing was senior Brooks Holloway (41), freshman Matt Kinsey (43) and senior Delaney Iacona (45).

“Even though we just won our third match of the year and remain undefeated, the players are not showcasing their ‘A’ games,” Decatur Coach Jim Krall said. “They all have something to prove, and I know they’re chomping at the bit for that moment. I foresee them improving with each subsequent match, figuring out what is holding them back, and soon unleashing the pure talent each one possesses.”

Worcester Prep senior Rylie Doyle carded a 39. She finished fourth overall out of 41 golfers and had the lowest score among female competitors. Also helping the squad score a second-place finish were juniors Jason Cook (41) and John Meakin (46) and senior Derek Wilgus (50).

“The Bayside matches are our toughest competition. We came in second behind a tough Stephen Decatur team by nine shots,” said Worcester Coach Scot Dailey. “I was really proud of our kids as it was our first tough match of the season. We are really working hard to be as competitive and consistent as our rivals from Decatur. I was impressed by Doyle’s leadership and no fear attitude out on the links…as a program we are heading in the right direction as the kids are pushing each other to be better in competition.”

The Mallards next match is Wednesday, Sept. 24, against Salisbury Christian at Lighthouse Sound in Bishopville.

Decatur competed on Tuesday at Nassawango Golf Course in Snow Hill. The Seahawks took first place with a 175. Parkside was second with a 190.

Holloway earned co-medalist honors with Washington’s Jordan Culotta. Both shot 39s.

“Brooks remained poised and focused throughout the round and scored very well on the challenging Nassawango Golf Course,” Krall said. “Coach [Don] Furbay and I are proud of him for earning medalist honors on the day.”

Kristick carded a 42, Iacona tallied a 45 and Kinsey logged a 49.

“It’s the ability to remain calm and relaxed throughout the round that benefitted [Holloway]; the other players are lacking that mental aspect right now,” Krall said. “They all want to be the No. 1 player on the team and in the conference. Each one of them has the ability, but they’re forcing shots and making silly errors that’s costing them strokes. Having five very talented players on the same team can be a curse if they’re each trying to be a hero and outdo the others.”

Decatur’s next match is Tuesday at Great Hope Golf Course in Westover.

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