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Prep golf team has successful year

(Oct. 31, 2014) Worcester Prep golf Coach Scot Dailey was “extremely proud” of his players during the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship match last Thursday at Lighthouse Sound in Bishopville.

“The weather at Lighthouse Sound was very tough. Winds steady over 20 mph, damp conditions, raw air, and we found a way to win the ESIAC championship,” Dailey said. “I was very impressed with the fight that Salisbury Christian and Salisbury School had in the match. They were troopers in the weather conditions and deserve to be recognized.”

Worcester won its eighth consecutive championship–the first under first-year coach Dailey–scoring a 176. Leading the Mallards was junior Jason Cook. He shot a 40 to earn medalist honors. Also contributing to the victory was junior John Meakin (43), senior Rylie Doyle (46) and sophomore Jon Ruddo (47).

Salisbury Christian finished in second place with a 204 and Salisbury School took third, with a 273.

Cook, Doyle, Meakin and Ruddo earned All-Conference honors. Senior Derek Wilgus received Honorable Mention accolades. Cook was named ESIAC Player of the Year.

“I am very proud of all of the kids and their work ethic, attitudes and especially their sportsmanship throughout the year,” Dailey said.

Worcester finished the season with a 22-3 record. The Mallards captured the regular-season ESIAC title as well as the conference championship trophy. The three losses were to Stephen Decatur, a public school of the Bayside Conference, that Dailey said, “is very well coached by Jim Krall and Don Furbay.”

Worcester finished runner-up to Decatur during Bayside Conference matches. Decatur won the Ryder Cup tournament, 10.5-5.5, over Worcester last week.

“Our players have worked so hard this year and have gained a bit of determination to improve their individual games to help the team. We lose two awesome seniors in Rylie Doyle and Derek Wilgus, who have been a great asset in their leadership throughout the year,” Dailey said. “We will be returning 11 players from this year’s team, including the top two players in the conference in John Meakin and Player of the Year, Jason Cook, and a host of great potential for years to come.”

Dailey said the future for Worcester Prep golf is bright. He expects big things from the program in 2015 and the years to follow.

“I believe the kids are going to work very hard over the next year to try and improve their games and be the best Mallard golf team ever,” Dailey said. “It was such an honor to coach these wonderful kids from Worcester Prep and be a part of ‘Mallard Nation.’ I have never met more respectable and enthusiastic kids in my life. They are a joy to be around. Under the guidance of [Headmaster] Dr. [Barry] Tull and [Director of Athletics] Matt McGinnis, I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to try and grow the great game of golf to some very willing participants at WPS.”

PHOTO COURTESY SCOT DAILEY
Worcester Prep golf coaches, Kevin Gates, left, and Scot Dailey, right, flank players, from left, sophomore Zach Wilson, senior Derek Wilgus, sophomore Jon Ruddo, juniors John Meakin and Jason Cook and senior Rylie Doyle. The team captured the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference title last week.

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