North Point golf claims third straight county ti­tle

North Point cap­tures third straight Charles County Su­per­in­ten­dent’s Cup

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

For the third straight year the North Point golf team has reigned supreme against its com­pe­ti­tion within the county.

Be­hind its top three golfers, the Ea­gles cap­tured the Charles County Su­per­in­ten­dent’s Cup at White Plains Golf Course in Wal­dorf, col­lect­ing a tour­na­ment-best 329, a four-player score, 25 strokes bet­ter than run­ner-up La Plata.

Thomas Stone took third with a score of 372, McDonough was fourth with 381, St. Charles fin­ished with 442 and Lackey came in with a score of 447. West­lake did not have enough golfers to col­lect a team score in the an­nual 18-hole event.

North Point se­nior Matt Za­b­ie­gal­ski and ju­nior team­mate Trent Tyer fin­ished tied with the low­est score at the county show­ing, both shoot­ing an 8-over-par 78, while Im­manuel Ri­casa fin­ished with a score of 85. Gar­rett Hayes added a score of 88 to round out the Ea­gles’ top four golfers.

Za­b­ie­gal­ski, who has the sec­ond-best nine-hole av­er­age in the con­fer­ence with a score of 36, one stroke be­hind Hunt­ing­town’s Wil­liam Gar­rett, fin­ished run­ner-up at the county tour­na­ment a year ago.

“I didn’t have my best round to­day and there was a few shots that I wish I could have back,” said Za­b­ie­gal­ski. “Now I just have to get bet­ter and get ready for the District IV tour­na­ment at Bre­ton Bay [Golf and Coun­try Club in Leonard­town at 8 a.m. Tues­day].”

Tyer col­lected a score of 83 for a third-place fin­ish at the county tour­na­ment last sea­son. This sea­son he was five strokes bet­ter.

“It was very cool to tie with my team­mate Matt,” Tyer said. “We are very com­pet­i­tive and love play­ing against each other. To­day I just wanted to stay re­laxed and have fun just like Matt said. I wanted to make a few more putts, but it is some good things that I can take away from this tour­na­ment and move over into the rest of the sea­son.”

For North Point, it is the pro­gram’s fourth county championship in its his­tory, also claim­ing the ti­tle in 2009.

“I was im­pressed with the way the team bounced back from yes­ter­day’s reg­u­lar sea­son [fi­nale] loss at Wi­comico [Shores] Golf Course,” said North Point head coach Chuck Skin­ner in his sixth sea­son. The Ea­gles were third to Hunt­ing­town and Chop­ti­con in that match. “They turned up their game and played through 18

holes ad­just­ing and mak­ing nec­es­sary changes to ac­com­plish their goal of win­ning the Charles county Championship for a third straight year.”

When asked if win­ning this county tour­na­ment was any dif­fer­ent, Skin­ner said, “Each year is dif­fer­ent be­cause you have a dif­fer­ent team com­po­si­tion each year. Ul­ti­mately the team has to over­come dif­fer­ent teams, weather and con­di­tions. This year it took ev­ery­one stepping up to ac­com­plish their goal.”

McDonough’s Mark Burgess fin­ished third over­all, just a stroke be­hind the lead­ers with a score of 79, while team­mate Seth Mor­ri­son added a score of 87.

“I couldn’t really get off the tee box at all, but I putted very well on back nine and that is what saved me,” said Burgess, who had birdies on holes 13 and 15, re­spec­tively. “On the last hole, I missed a five-footer for birdie that would have tied for the lead and that was painful. On the front, I was hav­ing a lit­tle trou­ble with my irons and couldn’t hit any­thing straight. Bre­ton Bay is a lot more open, so I should shoot six strokes bet­ter at districts.”

Se­nior Quinn Krahling de­liv­ered with La Plata’s top score of 81, good enough for a fourth­place fin­ish over­all in the tour­na­ment. Fresh­man Jack­son Tyler carded a score of 88 on the day for the War­riors.

Krahling, also a mem­ber of the La Plata base­ball team which cap­tured the Class 2A state ti­tle in 2015, was ec­static with his per­for­mance in his sec­ond time at the tour­na­ment.

“It was a good tour­na­ment, good course and I was hit­ting the ball well in the back nine,” said Krahling, who birdied at No. 9. “On the fron, t I strug­gled a lit­tle, I had a lot of bo­geys, but noth­ing over that. Last year I shot in the high 90s at this tour­na­ment, but I’ve had a lot more prac­tice this year and my goal is to get to states.”

Stone was led by Josh Lawrence, who had a team-best score of 90 on the day. Team­mate Ishaq Ab­dul-Rahim fin­ished with a score of 91 for the Cougars.

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

North Point se­nior Matt Za­b­ie­gal­ski chips a shot up on the green in Wed­nes­day’s Charles County Su­per­in­ten­dent’s Cup at White Plains Golf Course in Wal­dorf. Za­b­ie­gal­ski fin­ished tied with team­mate Trent Tyer for the in­di­vid­ual county ti­tle with a score of 8-over-par 78.

La Plata fresh­man Jack­son Tyler tees off in Wed­nes­day’s Charles County Su­per­in­ten­dent’s Cup at White Plains Golf Course in Wal­dorf. Tyler carded a score of 88 for the War­riors, who placed sec­ond be­hind cham­pion North Point.

McDonough’s Mark Burgess took third over­all at the Charles County Su­per­in­ten­dent’s Cup on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon at White Plains Golf Course in Wal­dorf. Burgess shot a score of 81 and col­lected birdies on Hole No. 13 and 15.

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