(Oct. 24, 2014) Five Stephen Decatur golfers will compete in the 4A/3A state championship on the University of Maryland College Park course next week.
Last week’s District VIII championship at the Hyatt–River Marsh Golf Course in Cambridge was a qualifier for the state competition.
Decatur finished in first place with a 318 to earn its third consecutive district title. Contributing to the win were seniors Danny Parker (77), Delaney Iacona (78) and Brooks Holloway (81) and sophomore Matt Kristick (82).
The foursome will represent Decatur as a team during the 4A/3A state tournament, which begins with the semifinal round on Monday.
Freshman Matt Kinsey shot an 82 during the district match. His score qualified him for states as an individual.
“I know the team is very excited and confident going into the state tournament next week,” said Decatur Coach Jim Krall.
A couple factors must be in place for the Seahawks to be successful, Krall said.
“No. 1: We must remain healthy. Illness as simple as the common cold can have an adverse affect on performance,” he said. “No. 2: We must clear our minds of everything except golf and get in the zone. No. 3: All players must play their ‘A game’ for us to have any chance against the incredibly talented 3A/4A teams across the bridge.”
The 4A/3A schools will compete on Monday and the 2A/1A schools will take the course Tuesday for the semifinal rounds. Eight out of the 22 teams competing Monday and two of the seven playing on Tuesday and top 40 percent of individuals from each group will advance to the final round on Wednesday, Oct. 29.
The Seahawks are all looking forward to participating in the state meet and they are hoping to play well enough on Monday to advance to Wednesday’s championships.
This will be Iacona’s fourth time competing in the state meet.
“I love University of Maryland. It’s a really good course. It’s my fourth year so it should be fun to see what I can do,” Iacona said. “I feel pretty good. I shot a 78 at districts and I’m kind of hoping that streak continues. I feel like as a team we’ve really come together. Districts we did really well. We stayed focused and I hope we do the same at states.”
Kristick, Holloway and Parker will make their second state appearance.
“Last year I came in 14th and my first day wasn’t my best. I really look forward to giving it a good run and maybe trying to win it this year,” Kristick said.
Holloway said states was fun last year and he hopes the 2014 event will be even better.
“I just want to keep a level head, nothing over bogey there, make sure I’m putting good…,” he said. “I’m pretty confident in the way I’m playing. This is my last year so I’ve got to go out with a bang.”
Parker broke his wrist prior to the start of the golf season, but he is healed and pleased with the way he’s playing. He would like to place in the top 10 individually at states.
“I’m so excited to be back. It was hard to watch (from the sideline) for five matches,” Parker said. “I’m hitting the ball pretty solid and putting is coming around finally.”
Kinsey has performed exceptionally well his first season on the varsity golf team. His personal goal is to finish in the top 40 at states.
“For my freshman year I think I’ve set myself a good standard and I think I’ve contributed a lot to the team,” Kinsey said. “I’m going to keep on training myself like I have been to make it happen at states.”