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Worcester Prep golf squad enjoys successful season

(Nov. 8, 2013) The Worcester Prep golf team enjoyed a successful 2013 season.

The Mallards won all their Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference matches during the regular season. Worcester took home its seventh consecutive ESIAC title under the direction of Coach Kevin Gates on Oct. 16.

The Mallards won the three-school match at Lighthouse Sound, scoring a 178. Salisbury Christian finished in second place with a 211 and Salisbury School was third with a 247.

Contributing to Worcester’s conference victory was senior captain Billy Brittingham, who carded a 39, the lowest score of day. He earned medalist honors. Sophomores Jason Cook and John Meakin tallied 45 and 47, respectively, and junior Rylie Doyle carded a 47.

The eight players with the lowest scores during the competition received All-Tournament accolades.

Five of the eight spots went to Worcester players. Brittingham, Cook, Meakin, Doyle and freshman Jon Ruddo, who shot a 51, were named to the All-Tournament team. Those players also received All-Conference honors.

Brittingham was named ESIAC Player of the Year.

During matches against the public schools in the Bayside Conference, where Worcester faces its stiffest competition, the Prep team finished in third place behind Decatur and Washington.

“Losing five seniors [to graduation last year], I knew it would be a pretty big challenge with those holes to fill, but I thought the kids did great,” Gates said.

Gates will lose only one player from the 2013 squad to graduation, Brittingham, who has been a member of the team for four years.

When asked if he will be missed, Gates said, “that’s an understatement.”

“I’ve had the privilege of coaching some great kids…but there’s no one better,” he said. “He was a great leader this year. He was like an assistant coach out there. He said ‘the season couldn’t have ended better than it did’ so I was happy for him.”

With seven varsity golfers expected to return in 2014, Gates said he is excited about next season with the talent coming back.

“The future is bright,” he said.

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