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Krall hopes Decatur golfers will peak after ‘mid-season slump’

(Sept. 27, 2013) The Stephen Decatur squad started off the season playing top-notch golf. But despite winning its last two matches, the Seahawks are not performing as well as they did a few weeks ago.

“We are in a mid-season slump. Even though the last two matches were held at very challenging golf courses, our performances were nothing shy of lackluster,” said Decatur Coach Jim Krall. “We are not even coming close to playing to our abilities. However, if we’re going to have a slump, I’m glad it’s now and not later. I’m hoping the team begins to peak in the coming days and carries that momentum into the Bayside Championship (Oct. 7), the District [VIII Championship] (Oct. 10), and the state tournament (Oct. 28-30).”

Last Thursday at Nassawango Country Club in Snow Hill, Decatur scored 165 points to win the nine-school competition. Leading the Seahawks to victory was freshman Matt Kristick (39), senior captain Andrew Urban (40) and juniors Danny Parker (42) and Delaney Iacona (43).

Washington finished in second place with 177 points.

Kristick earned medalist honors for lowest score of the day with Wicomico’s Tyler Joven and Washington’s Jordan Culotta.

“Nassawango Country Club is one of the most challenging courses we play. There’s no room for error. The greens were lightning fast, resulting in a lot of strokes lost with three putts,” Krall said. “Matt Kristick’s 39 was impressive considering he quadruple bogeyed a par five. The players never give up. They all know that the difference between first and second place could come down to one stroke. The rest of the team also gave 100 percent, but had some unlucky breaks.”

On Tuesday, at the Green Hill Yacht & Country Club in Quantico, Decatur earned first-place honors among the nine schools participating, with a 168. Contributing to the win was Urban (40), Iacona (42) Parker (43) and junior Brooks Holloway (43).

Washington was close behind, shooting a 171.

Decatur will compete with the other Bayside Conference South schools on Tuesday at Nutters Crossing in Salisbury.

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