(Sept. 20, 2013) The Stephen Decatur golf team improved to 5-0 last Thursday, but the Washington Jaguars blemished the Seahawks’ clean record a few days later, winning Tuesday’s competition by four strokes.
Decatur and Washington were joined by the six other Bayside Conference South squads and Worcester Prep, of the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference, at Eagle’s Landing Golf Course in Berlin on Sept. 12.
The Seahawks took first place with a score of 157. Decatur was led by junior Danny Parker, who earned medalist honors for the lowest score of the day. Decatur Coach Jim Krall said he played outstanding.
“He works very hard year round on his game, and it shows,” Krall said.
Also contributing to the victory was senior captain Andrew Urban (38), junior Delaney Iacona (40) and freshman Matt Kristick (42).
“What’s really neat is that each one of my top four golfers have been the medalist in at least one match thus far this year,” Krall said. “It’s a great feeling to know that on any given day it could be any member of the team that lights it up with a low round. The depth of talent this year is tremendous.”
Washington finished in second place with a 172 and Worcester Prep was third (179).
Prep Coach Kevin Gates said the Mallards face their toughest competition of the season when they play with the Bayside Conference teams. This was the second and final time the Prep squad will match up with the public schools this year.
Senior captain Billy Brittingham carded a 40, sophomore Jason Cook tallied a 43 and junior Rylie Doyle and sophomore John Meakin recorded 46 and 50, respectively.
“I would have loved to finish in first, but realistically, I was hoping for second, but we didn’t play well enough. Hopefully we’re going to improve the rest of the year,” Gates said. “Stephen Decatur is really good. Beating them is going to take a Herculean effort.”
Washington ended Decatur’s five-match win streak on Tuesday at the Bay Club in Berlin. The Jaguars won the nine-school competition with a 159. Decatur logged a 163. Contributing to the Seahawks’ score was Urban, who shot an even par 36 to earn medalist honors, Iacona (40), junior Brooks Holloway (42) and Parker (45).
Krall said the Jaguars played well and deserved the victory.
“It was a monumental day for them to beat us, however, most things in life are learned through mistakes and adversity. When a team has been playing as well as we have previously, it’s very tough to maintain that level of play throughout the season,” Krall said.
There will be times when a player has an off day, Krall said, and the Seahawks didn’t seem relaxed and “in the zone,” Tuesday. Krall said he felt they were rushing their shots and not focusing like they usually do.
“I have the utmost confidence that this slight set back will result in a more focused and tenacious team that will not take any future matches for granted and give 100 percent on every shot,” Krall said.