(Sept. 6, 2013) Stephen Decatur Coach Jim Krall said the nine golfers on his varsity roster are “extremely talented and dedicated.”
“They put in their time in the offseason to improve and fine-tune all aspects of the game from tee to green,” said Krall, now in his 16th season as head coach of the Seahawks. “Our top six are consistent and consistency is what every coach hopes for…There’s a lot of golf passion on this year’s squad.”
The team lost only one player, Joe Iacona, to graduating, but as the No. 1 golfer on the Eastern Shore in 2012 he was a huge contributor to the Seahawks’ success.
Last year was the first time that the golf team, under the direction of Krall, went undefeated during regular season and regional competition. The squad captured the Bayside Conference and District VIII championship titles. It was also the first time since moving from the 2A classification to 3A in 2007, that Decatur qualified as a team (a foursome consisting of Iacona, Andrew Urban, Matt Ruggiere and Delaney Iacona) for the state finals after a stellar semifinal round. They finished tied for fifth place overall in 3A/4A.
“Our goal this year is to try as hard as we can to repeat the (2012) accomplishments and finish at states better than we did last year,” Krall said.
Added Urban, “I feel like [we are] a strong, well-rounded golf team capable of winning states this year. We all need a little bit of practice, but with our underclassmen going well beyond what was expected of them, I feel as if we have a great chance to break even more records.”
Despite not having Iacona this year, the 2013 team got off to a strong start, winning its first three matches.
As of Wednesday after three competitions, Urban, the team’s senior captain, held the top spot in the Bayside South Conference with a 37.67 average.
Urban was ranked second in the conference at the end of the 2012 season and received All-Conference First Team honors.
“I have a large role I have to take on in leading this team to another undefeated season, and I plan on doing just that,” the four-year team member said. “Our goal for this year as a team is to play to all of our potential…My personal goal is to average under par and be a role model for my teammates and try and get them to compete for the No. 1 spot.”
With Urban in top spot after three matches this season, junior Danny Parker was in second place in the Bayside South ranking (38 average), followed closely behind by freshman newcomer Matt Kirstick (38.33). Junior Delaney Iacona (All-Conference First Team 2012) was in fourth place with a 39.67 average.
“This is my third year on the varsity team and I feel like my experience and past years of being on the team will help the future golfers,” Iacona said. “I think that the team is looking great so far…I think that making it to states and maybe even getting close to winning states would be a great accomplishment for the team.”
Junior veteran Brooks Holloway has also cracked the top four in standings this season.
Krall said this is the first time since he started coaching the team 16 years ago that the top four golfers in the conference are Decatur players.
“We’re playing extremely well. We’re off to a really great start and the competition has increased this year which makes it even more special, but we’ve got to be cautious and not get overconfident,” Krall said. “I’ve got to keep my team grounded because on any given day [an opponent] can knock you out.”