Northern High wins county’s golf tournament
Patriots claim another county golf crown
It took almost exactly six hours to complete, but when all was said and done at Chesapeake Hills Golf Course in Lusby on Wednesday afternoon, the Northern Patriots maintained their local bragging rights by winning the Calvert County golf tournament for the eighth consecutive year.
Paced by Elizabeth Coffren’s 77, the Patriots finished with team score of 332 to defeat runner-up Huntingtown by 45 strokes. Huntingtown’s 377 was 10 strokes clear of Patuxent for second place, while Calvert rounded out the field with a 405.
“Weird year, a lot of cancellations and rain and sickness, but overall I’m happy,” Northern head coach Mickey Norfolk said. “It could be better [than 332]. This course is kind of a quirky course where even your better players that are used to getting lower numbers, a few putts here or there and the dry fairways where you have to be precise and kind of adjust your shot, it’s something high school players have a hard time doing sometimes.”
Coffren was relatively pleased with her round, which was one stroke better than brother Eddie for the low round of the tournament.
“I was putting really well today. I was hitting the ball really well, too. Everything was pretty good,” Elizabeth Coffren said. “I was confident today. I’ve
been working a lot harder the past few weeks. I’m excited for next week, too, for districts. I’m excited for that and feel more prepared than I have for a while now.”
Eddie Coffren felt he played reasonably well after carding his 78, but was about thinking about areas he could better himself as the season advances.
“It felt pretty good. My game right now just needs a few improvements,” he said. “Right now I’m working on my stance putting, and just a little bit with second shots. Off the tee I’m fine right now. I felt like I played pretty well. ... I know what to do to improve my game. If I just fix those things, I’d be steady par or a couple under.”
Northern produced the lowest three rounds of the tournament, with Johnna Parlett’s 82 coming in third individually. Huntingtown’s Akhil Patel was the only other player to come in under 90, carding an 87. Dylan Myers and Robert Portillo led Patuxent’s effort with matching 94s, while Chad Smialek’s 94 paced Calvert.
All teams will be back in action looking to qualify for the state tournament at the District IV tournament on Thursday at Breton Bay Golf and Country Club in Leonardtown, while Northern still had a rescheduled match at Chesapeake Hills with La Plata, Westlake and Calvert to finish on Thursday. La Plata and Northern entered the match unbeaten for the regular season. Norfolk was interested to see how his team would match up against La Plata as it closed out the regular season.
“I’m looking forward to getting back to work. Tomorrow will be a big test,” he said. “It will be exciting to go up against La Plata and see how they do at the same course, to come right back. It’s tough, six hours for any athletic event is kind of a grueling affair.”
Northern’s golf team shot an aggregate 332 to win the Calvert County tournament at Chesapeake Hills Golf Course in Lusby on Wednesday afternoon. Northern’s Elizabeth Coffren shot 77 to bring in the low individual round of the tournament.