Sweep­ing the com­pe­ti­tion

Rams’ Burgess shoots 39, but Hur­ri­canes take top spot in quad-match

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By ANDY STATES as­tates@somd­news.com

Ac­cord­ing to his own as­sess­ment, there was noth­ing spe­cial about Wil­liam Gar­rett’s round of golf at Hawthorne Coun­try Club in La Plata on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

“I had a rough tee shot off the first hole and then punched it into the bunker. I made a great sand save, but I just never got any­thing go­ing in the be­gin­ning,” he said. “I had eight pars and then I birdied the last hole. I never did any­thing re­ally bad. I never did any­thing re­ally good.”

But the steady round that ended with him 1-un­der-par stood as the low round of the day and led the Hur­ri­canes to a sweep in their match with Leonard­town, McDonough and St. Charles. Led by Gar­rett’s 35, Hunt­ing­town’s ag­gre­gate 161 com­fort­ably de­feated sec­ond-place Leonard­town’s 191. McDonough came in at 196, while St. Charles did not have enough golfers to con­sti­tute a team score.

Gar­rett opened the sea­son the pre­vi­ous week with an iden­ti­cal 1-un­der 35 play­ing at Lake Pres­i­den­tial Golf Club in Up­per Marl­boro, the Hur­ri­canes’ home course. So while the sea­son’s first two weeks have maybe not been full of high­lights, his steady play has helped Hunt­ing­town (5-0 over­all) to a solid start in the stand­ings.

“I def­i­nitely need to work on my iron play,” he said. “I missed a cou­ple greens and didn’t hit them as close as I needed to or wanted to. But over­all I can’t be mad with a 1-un­der. It’s per­fectly fine, no bo­geys.”

Back­ing up Gar­rett’s 35 with a sec­ond round in the 30s for Hunt­ing­town was Nick Garo­falo, who carded a 3-over 39 for the Hur­ri­canes play­ing in the

sixth group. Sim­i­lar to Gar­rett, Garo­falo did not start in quite the fash­ion he would have liked, but he still put to­gether a rel­a­tively con­sis­tent round to help the team.

“I started off with a bo­gey, had a bad tee shot and lipped out the par putt,” Garo­falo said. “I was a lit­tle mad about that. I came back with a par on the third hole. I put it to about a foot for a birdie so I got back even. Then I started get­ting a bunch of pars and at the end I got a 6. I hit a re­ally bad tee shot. Then [on No. 9] I got a bo­gey, ended up with a 39. it was a pretty good round.”

Garo­falo very nearly was not in the lineup for Wed­nes­day’s match, as he earned his spot in team qual­i­fy­ing just the day be­fore.

“I played re­ally bad in prac­tice one day, so I had to qual­ify for the sixth spot,” he said. “I played pretty de­cent yes­ter­day, shot 41 in the prac­tice round, so then I came out to­day and played pretty well.”

McDonough’s Mark Burgess also shot 39 to lead the youth­ful Rams’ (2-4) ef­fort. Tucker Evans carded a 43 to pace Leonard­town (3-3), while St. Charles’ small team (0-4) did not have a golfer break 50.

For Burgess, who shot 37 at Hawthorne in the first match of the sea­son, Wed­nes­day’s round was a bit of a grind.

“I hit the ball re­ally well, but I couldn’t make any putts within 10 feet,” he said. “I was good off the tee, hit 8 of 9 greens in reg­u­la­tion. I just couldn’t putt.”

With a rel­a­tively youth­ful team, Burgess ex­pects the Rams to im­prove as the sea­son pro­gresses.

“We have a lot of younger kids, so they’re just learn­ing,” he said. “They’re al­ready get­ting bet­ter. I hope­fully will drop a cou­ple of strokes. I’m still get­ting bet­ter, but I feel good per­son­ally about how the sea­son is go­ing to go. I think we’ll do solid, up­per-mid­dle pack in SMAC.”

STAFF PHOTO BY ANDY STATES

McDonough’s Mark Burgess tees off on the eighth at Hawthorne Coun­try Club in La Plata on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. Burgess shot a 39 to lead the Rams in their quad-match with Hunt­ing­town, Leonard­town and St. Charles.

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