(Oct. 10, 2014) The Stephen Decatur golf team is stacked with talented players this year as the Seahawks continue to dominate their competition.
Sophomore Matt Kristick has come on strong at the end of the season, helping lead the team to victory by posting stellar scores.
Last Thursday at The Bay Club in Berlin, Kristick shot a 3 under par 33 to earn medalist honors.
“I was really happy with how I played that day. It seemed as if everything was clicking,” Kristick said. “The two matches before then I had played well and was coming off both of them with a little bit of momentum. It was also really nice to play well in front of one of my coaches, Coach Don Furbay, who was scoring my group that day.”
Decatur took top honors during the seven-school “Pink Out” match to support breast cancer awareness, with a team score of 157. Golfers wore pink shirts during the competition.
Decatur seniors Danny Parker carded a 40 and Delaney Iacona and Brooks Holloway both tallied 42s. Freshman Matt Kinsey also shot a 42.
“Coach Furbay and I are very pleased with the Decatur scores from The Bay Club match, even though one in particular, Matt Kristick’s, was exceptional and overshadowed the entire field. Thursday was all about Kristick’s amazing 3 under par 33,” said Decatur Coach Jim Krall. “Suffice to say, it was the lowest score I’ve witnessed in 16 years of coaching. We feel pretty good right now…”
James M. Bennett finished in second place with a 172. Parkside was third with a 174.
On Tuesday at Deer Run Golf Club in Berlin, Kristick earned co-medalist honors with Bennett’s Ayden Whitehead. Both players shot 36s.
“My performance this season has been very up and down. The first half of the season I wasn’t playing up to my potential, but the last four matches I’ve really started to play well, winning medalist in three out of the last four matches,” Kristick said.
Parker also contributed to Decatur’s win, carding a 39. Kinsey logged a 40 and Iacona scored a 41. Holloway tallied a 41, as well.
The Seahawks landed in the No. 1 spot with a 156. Bennett finished second out of eight schools (172) and Parkside placed third (175).
“We are clicking on all cylinders at the moment,” said Krall, as the Seahawks improved to 9-0. “Even though no one shot under par at Deer Run, each member of the team had the opportunity. A couple errant shots kept them all from going real low Tuesday.”
Added Kristick, “We’ve really started to play much better overall since Danny came back from his wrist injury. Ever since he came back, I feel as if it’s lifted a weight off the shoulders off the other players, allowing for us to play more freely on the course.”
“I feel as if we are playing some solid golf and look forward to carrying this momentum all the way through the playoffs,” he said.
Decatur will compete in the District VIII championship on Tuesday with the 17 other Bayside Conference teams (nine north and nine south schools) at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge. The Seahawks are going for their third consecutive district title.