North­ern High wins county’s golf tour­na­ment

Pa­tri­ots claim an­other county golf crown

The Calvert Recorder - - Front Page - By ANDY STATES as­tates@somd­news.com

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.”

STAFF PHOTO BY ANDY STATES

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.

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