Gan­ter, La Plata win county golf tour­na­ment

Gan­ter, La Plata win golf tour­na­ment ti­tles

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

Some of the drama sur­round­ing the out­come of the Charles County Golf Cham­pi­onships on Wednesday at White Plains Golf Course was al­tered con­sid­er­ably when North Point sopho­more Bai­ley Davis scratched due to a mi­nor foot in­jury, but that hardly phased even­tual cham­pion Gavin Gan­ter of La Plata.

Gan­ter fired a low round of 5-over­par 77 de­spite three-put­ting the first two holes and cap­tured the county ti­tle cour­tesy of birdies on No. 9 and No. 16. The War­riors sopho­more had been the low medal­ist one week ear­lier when La Plata de­feated North Point and St. Charles and he was look­ing for­ward to a re­match to val­i­date his pre­vi­ous tally of the reign­ing girls state cham­pion.

“I beat her last week when we played here and I was look­ing for­ward to play­ing her again,” Gan­ter said. “This course always plays tight and you have to stay in the fair­ways. I started off rough with three-putts on the first two holes, but I started mak­ing putts be­fore we made the turn and I had a birdie on No. 9 and an­other birdie on No. 16 that helped.”

St. Charles High School senior Zach Spann fin­ished the round with an 86 while play­ing in the lead group with Gan­ter and Ryan Graves of West­lake. Spann ad­mit­ted that much of his game was on point on Wednesday, but over­all he seemed slightly dis­ap­pointed with his fi­nal score. Spann quickly put the round be­hind him and looked to­ward next week’s Dis­trict IV tour­na­ment at Bre­ton Bay Golf and Coun­try Club in Leonard­town.

“I thought my drives were good and my short game was good and my put­ting was OK,” Spann said, “but my head just wasn’t in it to­day for some rea­son. I thought I should have played bet­ter. I’m hop­ing to do bet­ter next week at Dis­tricts and then qual­ify for states.”

Gan­ter led the War­riors to the team

ti­tle with a score of 327 to win the Su­per­in­ten­dent Cup, with team­mate Tyler Moody fin­ish­ing se­cond over­all with an 81. North Point’s Ian Car­pen­ter shot an 83 to fin­ish third and lead the Ea­gles in Davis’ ab­sence. North Point fin­ished se­cond over­all in the team ti­tle chase with 381 be­hind John Sul­li­van (92), A.J. Ac­cad (96) and Michael Stone (110).

McDonough fin­ished third over­all with a com­bined score of 412 led by Koshie Me­ne­ses’ 99, the only mem­ber of the Rams squad to break 100. Ryan King (103), Con­ner Wright (104) and Austin Delawder (106) also con­trib­uted to the Rams fi­nal team tally.

West­lake (424) edged Lackey (426) for fourth, as Graves (92) was the only mem­ber of ei­ther team to break 100 on Wednesday. Daniel Yum shot an even 100 for the Wolver­ines, while Jaelin Stoner and Jaelin Walker each had 116. The Chargers were led Marvin Cherry (103) and Cameron Mills (106) and Alan­nah Mil­stead (107) and Ear­lie Har­ris (110).

Thomas Stone (447) placed sixth be­hind Chris Rand-Craw­ford’s 97, while Lily Sach­sel (108), Chris­tian White (121) and Tea­gan Levy (121) com­pleted the quar­tet. St. Charles only sent out two play­ers, Spann who fin­ished sev­enth over­all with an 86 and Ryann Brown (113), so the Spar­tans were not in line for any team awards.

Of the three dozen golfers who com­pleted the course at White Plains on Wednesday only an even dozen broke 100 and an­other landed on that num­ber. Gan­ter and Moody took the top two spots in the in­di­vid­ual ti­tle chase and La Plata team­mates Jake El­lis (84) fin­ished fourth and Jake Glea­son (85) and Jax Get­gen (85) tied for fifth.

“I’m hop­ing to place high at dis­tricts and re­gion­als and then make it into the top 20 at states,” Gan­ter said. “Then my long term goals are to play in col­lege some day.”

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

La Plata High School sopho­more Gavin Gan­ter taps in for par on No. 18 to cap his low medal­ist round of 77 on Wednesday morn­ing in the Charles County Golf Cham­pi­onships at White Plains Golf Course. La Plata also won the team ti­tle with a score of 327, well clear of run­ner-up North Point.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY TED BLACK

McDonough High School senior Austin Delawder tees off on the 10th hole on Wednesday morn­ing in the Charles County Golf Cham­pi­onships at White Plains Golf Course. Delawder and the Rams fin­ished third over­all as a team.

St. Charles High School senior Zach Spann taps in on No. 18 to com­plete a round of 86 on Wednesday morn­ing in the Charles County Golf Cham­pi­onships at White Plains Golf Course, which was good for sev­enth over­all

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