Gar­rett, Tyer win Bre­ton Bay leg of SMOJGC

Fourth stop of tour yields many win­ners

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By MICHAEL REID mreid@somd­news.com

The South­ern Mary­land Op­ti­mist Ju­nior Golf Cham­pi­onships tour­na­ment sched­ule may be wind­ing down but the com­pe­ti­tion doesn’t ap­pear to be do­ing the same as golfers hit Bre­ton Bay Golf & Coun­try Club in Leonard­town on Mon­day.

The stop was the fourth of fifth in the tour­na­ment with the fi­nal stop Thurs­day at White Plains Golf Course. The re­gional qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment will be held Saturday at Marl­ton Golf Club in Up­per Marl­boro.

In the boys 16- to 18-year-old age bracket, Wil­liam Gar­rett shot a 1-un­der-par 35 to beat a field of seven com­peti­tors. The Hunt­ing­town sopho­more had six pars and two birdies — on the 338-yard, par-3 No. 4 and the 495-yard par-5 No. 7 — to edge out Tyler Potts by a stroke.

“I’m pretty happy, my ball strik­ing’s get­ting well,” Gar­rett said “I just hit the ball where I needed to. I messed up a lit­tle chip on the 8th green just off the fringe to make a bo­gey, but other than that I hit the ball fine and putted de­cent.”

Potts dou­ble-bo­geyed No. 2 but re­bounded and fin­ished his round with four pars and two birdies.

“I did play pretty good,” said Potts, a ju­nior at North­ern High School. “It was mainly a lot of scram­bling, but on the holes where I didn’t need to strug­gle to make par I did hit good shots and make birdies.”

Potts said of his birdie on the par-3 No. 5, “I hit it 182 yards with a lit­tle 5-iron and it pushed it about 20 feet right and I just made the putt com­ing right back up the hill. Be­fore that I wasn’t do­ing that solid. I dou­ble-bo­geyed the sec­ond hole by hit­ting the ball out of bounds and after that I just tried to say, ‘OK, mid­dle of the green.’”

Kent Ka­menicky fin­ished in third, a shot back of Potts. The North Point High School sopho­more parred his first four

holes and added a birdie on No. 7 sand­wiched by two more birdies.

“It’s a pretty easy course so I feel I could have got­ten a cou­ple of shots back, but I made a birdie on No. 7 which was good,” said Kaminicky, who has al­ready qual­i­fied for Saturday’s event after shoot­ing a 78 in an 18-hole event with the Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Op­ti­mists. “But I made two unforced er­rors that cost me two bo­geys. Con­sis­tency will be key [Saturday].”

McDonough ju­nior Mark Burgess triple-bo­geyed No. 3 but ral­lied to par five of the last six holes and fin­ish with a 41. Hunt­ing­town ju­nior Nick Garafalo fin­ished with a 48 and Great Mills ju­nior Colin Head was four strokes back. Thurs­day at Ch­e­sa­peake Hills Golf Course in Lusby, Burgess took top honors with a 40 while Head was six strokes back.

In the boys 14-15 di­vi­sion Mon­day, Trent Tyer bo­geyed No. 1 but ral­lied with three pars and a birdie — on No. 3 — over his next four holes on his way to a 38. The North Point sopho­more, who also birdied No. 7, was nine strokes ahead of his near­est com­peti­tor.

“I played pretty solid,” Tyer said. “I got off to kind of a slow start this year, so it feels good to have a solid round un­der my belt go­ing into the qual­i­fier. I had a cou­ple holes I didn’t hit good shots on at all, but I just kept my head in check and came back and made a cou­ple of birdies.”

Chop­ti­con sopho­more Ben Fowler grabbed sec­ond place with a 48 and James Bunn snagged third when he fin­ished with a 49.

“I could have shot a lit­tle bet­ter in my ap­proaches,” said Bunn, a fresh­man at Hunt­ing­town. “It was more along the lines of top­ping the ball. I just need bet­ter ap­proaches, they were kind of weak.”

Calver­ton fresh­man Samir Shah was third with a 52, Hunt­ing­town fresh­man Tripp Ba­garus took fourth with a 54 and Ryan McGuf­fin, also a Hunt­ing­town fresh­man, fin­ished his round with a 55. Lo­gan Weiner, who will trans­fer to Hunt­ing­town from The Calver­ton School for his fresh­man year, shot a 60.

In the boys 12-13 di­vi­sion, Pic­cow­axen Mid­dle School sev­enth-grader Ga­van Gan­ter birdied holes No. 2 and 4 and added three pars to fin­ish with a 39.

“On the first hole I got out of a hard lie,” said Gan­ter, who fin­ished with a par. “Then [on No. 5] I hit it and it was a lit­tle thin but it rolled off right onto the green and al­most lipped out.”

Jake El­lis, also a Pic­cow­axen sev­enth-grader, was 10 strokes back at 49.

Nee­lan Shah (girls 11-12) was the only fe­male com­peti­tor on the day and she fin­ished her round with a 62.

STAFF PHOTO BY MICHAEL REID

McDonough ju­nior Mark Burgess hits a tee shot dur­ing the South­ern Mary­land Op­ti­mist Ju­nior Golf Cham­pi­onships’ fourth stop Mon­day at Bre­ton Bay Golf & Coun­try Club in Leonard­town. Burgess scored a 41 to place fourth in the 16- to 18-year-old boys di­vi­sion.

STAFF PHOTO BY MICHAEL REID

Hunt­ing­town ju­nior Wil­liam Gar­rett blasts a shot out of a bunker on his way to a 1-un­der-par 35 and a win in the boys 16- to 18-year-old di­vi­sion dur­ing the South­ern Mary­land Op­ti­mist Ju­nior Golf Cham­pi­onships’ fourth stop Mon­day at Bre­ton Bay Golf & Coun­try Club in Leonard­town.

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