LISA CAPITELLI ¦ Assistant Editor
Andrew Urban (Oct. 12, 2012) On paper, the Kent Island golf team had a six-stroke lower average than Stephen Decatur as the two prepared for Tuesday’s Bayside Conference championship match on the Man of War course at GlenRiddle in Berlin.
The squads — Decatur representing the Bayside South and Kent Island, the North — battled sporadic rain showers. But after 18 holes, as darkness fell, the Seahawks had won the match by seven strokes, 419- 426, to capture the title and remain unbeaten.
“‘Never give up’ has been our motto all season and we emulated that today,” Decatur Coach Jim Krall said after the match. “I thought we played solid and consistent.”
Krall said Joe Iacona, the team’s lone senior, made it his goal to take down Kent Island’s No. 1 player, Jack McCahan. The two were paired up during the competition and Iacona stood by his word, besting Mc- Cahan by three strokes.
Delaney Iacona “Joe was pumped up and he was confident as the team leader. He’s provided senior leadership all year,” Krall said. “Joe predicted that we would need our No. 4 and No. 5 [golfers] to make the difference and he was right, and our No. 4 really made a difference.”
Iacona finished the match with an 80. Decatur’s No. 4 golfer, junior Matt Ruggiere, shot a 76, the lowest score of the day.
“Coach [Don] Furbay and I are proud of Matt for rising to challenge,” Krall said. “We were impressed and pleasantly surprised by his performance. He was steady, making par after par and hitting great shots.”
Ruggiere and teammate Brooks Holloway, a sophomore, were playing in a foursome with Kent Island’s Carter Bradford and David Shields.
“Brooks was feeding off Matt’s success,” Krall said.
Holloway carded an 88, while Bradford and Shields tallied scores of 95 and 88, respectively.
Decatur sophomore Delaney Iacona and junior Andrew Urban also contributed to the victory, posting 91 and 84, respectively.
“Kent Island’s top three golfers are so close [in ability]. Andrew and Delaney played their hearts out against tough competition,” Krall said.
The two were paired up with Kent Island’s Bryce Young and Chase Kelm, who both shot 80s.
“Coach Furbay and I are so elated [to win the Bayside title]. I think it adds fuel to the fire for districts on Thursday,” Krall said.
Decatur and Kent Island were scheduled to join the 16 other conference teams Oct. 11, for the District VIII tournament at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge. In 2011, Decatur finished second, two strokes behind Kent Island.
The district tournament is a qualifier for the state championship, set for Oct. 22- 24, at the University of Maryland. If a team (four players) scores a 336 or lower during a district event, it advances to states. If a male golfer cards 84 (94 for females) or lower, he may qualify as an individual.