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Decatur golfers to battle Kent Island for Bayside crown

(Oct. 4, 2013) The Stephen Decatur golf team won its final two matches of the regular season as the Seahawks now gear up for Monday’s Bayside Conference championship against the Kent Island Buccaneers.

Last Thursday at Great Hope Golf Course in Westover, Decatur recorded its eighth victory of the year. The Seahawks carded a 155 to take top honors in the nine-school match. Washington finished second with a 171.

Leading the squad was senior Andrew Urban. His 37 earned him medalist accolades. Freshman Matt Kristick shot a 38 and juniors Delaney Iacona and Danny Parker carded 39 and 41 respectively.

“The team started having fun again. They’ve placed so much pressure on themselves to score phenomenal low rounds that it became a mental block,” said Decatur Coach Jim Krall. “I believe they were afraid of failure and it had a negative effect on their game. Coach [Don] Furbay and I held a team meeting, and in short, we reminded them to relax and have fun. All they need to do is to trust their swing and let it flow. Good thoughts result in good shots.”

On Tuesday at Nutters Crossing in Salisbury, Decatur placed first with a 151. Krall said Kristick “really turned it on,” shooting a 34 to earn medalist honors.

“The highlight of his season thus far has to be the tee shot he hit on hole No. 2, a 328-yard par 4,” Krall said. “He drove the green and left himself a three footer for eagle and made the putt which helped him card the 1 under par 34. The whole team was very proud of him and realized that he was greatly responsible for our narrow victory over rival Washington.”

Washington scored a 155, good for second place in the eight-school match.

Also contributing to the Decatur victory was Parker (37), Urban (40) and junior Brooks Holloway (40).

The Seahawks won nine matches this season and placed second to Washington in one. They will represent to Bayside South and meet Kent Island, the top North team, Monday at Queenstown Harbor Links.

“Every player needs to bring their ‘A’ game. I’m predicting a close match which may come down to a stroke or two,” Krall said.

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