LISA CAPITELLI ¦ Assistant Editor
Decatur Coach Jim Krall (Oct. 5, 2012) The Stephen Decatur golf team narrowly edged out the Washington Jaguars by five strokes to win Tuesday’s nine-school match at the Green Hill Yacht & Country Club in Quantico, Md.
“We’ve got eight first places and Washington has come in second all eight times. [Tuesday] was the closest they’ve ever come to us,” Decatur Coach Jim Krall said.
Senior Joe Iacona led the Seahawks with a 39. His score earned him medalist honors. Also contributing to the victory were juniors Andrew Urban (41) and Matt Ruggiere (45), and sophomore Delaney Iacona (46).
Decatur recorded a 171 and Washington scored a 176.
“Joe and Andrew played their normal solid games on a challenging course,” Krall said. “The other two were a little frustrated, shooting about five strokes about their average.”
Unbeaten in the Bayside South, Decatur will face the Kent Island Buccaneers, the North’s leader, during Tuesday’s conference championship match at GlenRiddle Golf Club in Berlin. The 18- hole match will begin at 1 p.m.
“We know they’re very good. To beat them, we have to come fully-loaded and play our best,” Krall said.
Two days later, on Oct. 11, Decatur and Kent Island will join the 16 other conference teams 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.