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Decatur golfers capture coveted ’12 Ryder Cup

If you are in Ocean City this week, you may notice a couple of changes as you drive down Coastal Highway. The speed limit, normally 40 mph through North Ocean City, has been reduced to 30 mph, and Downtown, the speed limit has also been reduced. This is due to the expected, unauthorized H2Oi Pop-Up Rally.  It is reasonable to expect heavier than usual traffic, noise and strict enforcement of vehicle laws during the week and weekend.


LISA CAPITELLI ¦ Assistant Editor

Worcester Prep junior Billy Brittingham tees off during the second round of Ryder Cup competition against Stephen Decatur on Tuesday. 
OCEAN CITY TODAY/LISA CAPITELLI Worcester Prep junior Billy Brittingham tees off during the second round of Ryder Cup competition against Stephen Decatur on Tuesday.OCEAN CITY TODAY/LISA CAPITELLI(Sept. 28, 2012) The Stephen Decatur golf team had a 4.5-3.5 point lead over Worcester Prep going into the second round of the annual “Battle of Berlin” Ryder Cup tournament on Tuesday at The Links at Lighthouse Sound in Bishopville.

Decatur, a public school within the Bayside Conference, won the coveted trophy each of the first two years the tournament was held. In 2011, Worcester Prep, a private school in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference, captured the award.

Now in its fourth year, the Ryder Cup event kicked off Aug. 24, at the Ocean City Golf Club. The teams played 18 holes (nine alternate shot and nine scramble format).

Decatur sat on a one-point advantage when play began Tuesday. Ten golfers from each team battled in singles competition. At the end of the match, the Decatur Seahawks had earned 8.5 points and the Worcester Prep Mallards scored 1.5 points.

Decatur players who won their matches are senior Joe Iacona, juniors Matt Ruggiere, Andrew Urban and Chase Eslin and sophomores Delaney Iacona, Brooks Holloway and Danny Parker. Since there are only eight players on the Decatur varsity team, two junior varsity players competed.

George Eppard-Annis, a sophomore, won his match. Freshman Adam Melson earned a half-point for tying Prep sophomore Derek Wilgus.

Overall, Decatur outscored Worcester 13-5 in Ryder Cup action to regain the trophy.

“It was quite an impressive victory for the Stephen Decatur Seahawks going up against a talented Worcester Prep team. Kevin Gates does a phenomenal job, and in my opinion, Worcester Prep is one of the strongest golf teams on the Shore,” said Decatur Coach Jim Krall. “We needed to play our ‘A’ game to be successful.

“The entire team made me proud and getting back the trophy feels great,” he said.”

Wilgus scored a half-point for the Mallards and senior Matt Middleton earned a point for winning his match.

“I don’t think we played our best golf today,” Gates said after the competition. “I told the kids they have nothing to hang their heads about. Stephen Decatur is a great team. Jim’s a good guy and he does a great job.”

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