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Decatur golfers earn third consecutive Bayside crown

(Oct. 31, 2014) After going undefeated, 10-0, during the regular season and capturing its third consecutive District VIII title, the Stephen Decatur golf team took home the Bayside Conference championship trophy last week.

The Seahawks, the Bayside South champs, battled the top North team, the Easton Warriors, last Thursday at GlenRiddle in Berlin. Decatur outscored Easton, 408-481.

This is the third consecutive year the Seahawks have won the Bayside crown.

Contributing to the victory was seniors Brooks Holloway and Delaney Iacona, who both shot 80s. They earned co-medalist honors for the match.

Sophomore Matt Kristick carded an 81 and freshman Matt Kinsey scored an 82.

“Even though the weather wasn’t the best for a round of golf, it was a fun and rewarding day for the team. Easton’s players were great sportsmen and we appreciate them making the trip down to play us,” said Decatur Coach Jim Krall. “The golf course was in excellent shape and the staff at GlenRiddle were very accommodating and friendly. It was another great victory for the team and a little more juice for us to get ready for the big state tournament.”

Five Stephen Decatur golfers participated in the state championship on the University of Maryland College Park course earlier this week.

Senior Danny Parker, Iacona, Holloway and Kristick represented Decatur as a team during the tournament. Kinsey shot an 82 during the District VIII championship match and his score qualified him for states as an individual. (The Oct. 14 district competition in Cambridge was a qualifier for the state meet.)

The 4A/3A schools took the course Monday and the 2A/1A schools on Tuesday for the state semifinal rounds. Eight out of the 22 teams playing Monday and two of the seven competing Tuesday and top 40 percent of individuals from each group advanced to the final round on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

On Monday, the Decatur foursome of Parker, Iacona, Holloway and Kristick scored a 326 to advance to the championship round.

Kristick led the Seahawks, shooting a 5 over par 76. Parker posted a 79, Holloway shot an 81 and Iacona carded a 90.

“Matt Kristick hit the ball real well. Five over on really fast greens and a very hilly layout is spectacular. Danny Parker wasn’t far behind with a wonderful 79. And Brooks continues to be ‘steady Eddie’ with a terrific 81,” Krall said. “Delaney would have shot around 80 if it wasn’t for two bad holes…Kinsey (85) only missed the cut by two as an individual. It was a great experience for the freshman. I guarantee you he will be back next year for redemption.”

Wednesday’s championship-round results were not available as of press time.

PHOTO COURTESY DON FURBAY
Stephen Decatur senior Delaney Iacona earned co-medalist honors with teammate Brooks Holloway, a senior, during last Thursday’s Bayside Conference championship at GlenRiddle in Berlin.

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