Ea­gles nudged by Pa­tri­ots in golf opener

North Point nudged by North­ern in high school golf opener

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By MICHAEL REID mreid@somd­news.com

North­ern and North Point had some close golf matches last year and the two teams en­gaged in yet an­other close match to start off the 2016 sea­son.

The Pa­tri­ots (3-0 over­all) had all six golfers shoot 45 or be­low and went on to de­feat the Ea­gles by tiebreaker dur­ing a match that in­cluded Lackey and host Leonard­town Wed­nes­day at Bre­ton Bay Golf & Coun­try Club in Leonard­town.

North­ern and North Point (2-1) each shot 157, but the Pa­tri­ots won the match on the tiebreaker, which was based on the bet­ter fifth-player card. North­ern’s fifth golfer Matt Thom­son carded a 39, while the Ea­gles’ AJ Acaad was seven strokes back.

“I re­ally didn’t know we’d won,” North­ern head coach Mickey Nor­folk said when in­formed of the re­sults. “Now that I just found out it’s pretty ex­cit­ing and to start against North Point, es­pe­cially, who is al­ways top cal­iber. Chuck [North Point coach Skin­ner] does a great job. I knew it was going to be tight, but it’s a great feel­ing. We have a fairly mixed team of some older kids with some girls we have that are young, so it’s a good ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s a good start.”

“A cou­ple guys owe me a cou­ple strokes in their mind,” Skin­ner said. “We feel like it’s the first match and we tied North­ern and lost on a tiebreaker and we’re com­fort­able with that. We didn’t think we’d be this low; we were hop­ing low 160s. I’ll take that.”

Leonard­town (1-2) took third with a 178.

“Some of the younger ones did bet­ter than I ex­pected, but it takes a while,” Raiders head coach Ben Wei­land said. “We’re not strong like North­ern at this point.”

With just five golfers, Lackey (0-3) was un­able to field a com­plete team — they even in­serted West­lake’s Ryan Graves into the lineup and he shot a 50 — and fin­ished with a team score of 243. Two of its play­ers Wed­nes­day were near the bot­tom of the 2015 ros­ter while two others played their first matches.

“Re­ally the main thing for us right now is com­ing out and

get­ting bet­ter,” Lackey head coach Tom Fawcett said. “The ex­pe­ri­ence level’s still not there so we’re look­ing for im­prove­ment pretty much ev­ery time we come out. That’s pretty much it. But we’re not dis­cour­aged; we’re just look­ing to come out and have fun and try and find things we can work on.”

Tyler Potts of North­ern parred his first five holes and fin­ished with seven pars on his way to a 1-over­par 37, but it was the 178yard par-3 eighth hole that left a bad taste in his mouth.

“I had a dou­ble bo­gey on No. 8 and that made me pretty mad be­cause I was play­ing pretty con­sis­tent; I think I was at even par at that point,” said Potts, who sand­wiched ther hole with a pair of birdies. “I was try­ing to play [No. 8] safe, which was funny and I hit it 30 yards to the right and then a silly three-putt. Other than that I was hit­ting my driver straight.”

North Point’s Matt Za­b­ie­gal­ski also shot a 37, thanks in large part to four pars and two birdies.

“My driver was work­ing well to­day and I was very short to the greens,” said Za­b­ie­gal­ski, who birdied the 456-yard third hole and 495-yard sev­enth hole. “My wedges, my wedges can get bet­ter. Re­ally we’re work­ing to get bet­ter for tour­na­ment matches so we can move onto states as a team.”

Ea­gles team­mate Im­manuel Ri­casa turned in a 38 af­ter six pars and a birdie on the mid­dle holes.

Af­ter Thom­son, North­ern’s Alex DiGi­ralomo handed in his score­card with a 40 and Leonard­town’s Tucker Evans, North­ern’s Johnna Par­lett and North Point’s Trent Tyer and Gar­rett Hayes were all a stroke back at 41.

“I’m not dis­ap­pointed, but I def­i­nitely left strokes out there,” said Evans, who had five pars. “I can’t be mad with a 41, but def­i­nitely [I need to im­prove my] irons. My irons need to get bet­ter, es­pe­cially from 150 [yards] in.”

“We spent time with him and his driver and he put that to use to­day and his team­mates helped him out quite a bit to­day. They men­tored him and helped him and it came to fruition to­day,” Skin­ner said of Hayes, the Ea­gles’ No. 4 golfer. “I’m real proud of his game.”

Ryan Sohne of Leonard­town and North­ern’s El­iz­a­beth Cof­fren tied with 42s.

Alan­nah Mil­stead was Lackey’s top golfer when she fin­ished with a 58.

STAFF PHOTO BY MICHAEL REID

North Point’s Im­manuel Ri­casa chips to­ward the flag dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s match at Bre­ton Bay Golf & Coun­try Club in Leonard­town which also in­cluded Lackey, Leonard­town and North­ern. Ri­casa shot a 38, but the Ea­gles were edged by the Pa­tri­ots by tiebreaker.

STAFF PHOTO BY MICHAEL REID

Lackey’s Alan­nah Mil­stead drains a putt dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s quad­match at Bre­ton Bay Golf & Coun­try Club in Leonard­town, which also in­cluded Leonard­town, North­ern and North Point.

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