SD golf states

Stephen Decatur golfers, from left, junior Brady Leonard, senior Joe Beck and senior captains Hayden Snelsire and Emily Malinowski pose for a photo during the 3A/4A state championship semifinals last Monday at University of Maryland. 

(Nov. 2, 2018) Four golfers represented Stephen Decatur during the state championship last week at University of Maryland – College Park.

Junior Brady Leonard and seniors Emily Malinowski and Hayden Snelsire, team captains, and Joe Beck competed.

Malinowski and Snelsire made their third state appearance. It was Leonard’s second time playing in the tournament and Beck’s first.

The opening round for 3A/4A schools was last Monday and the 2A/1A schools competed on Tuesday. The top-40 percent of the teams advanced to the final round on Wednesday.

Leonard shot an 89, while Malinowski, Snelsire and Beck tallied 92, 96 and 101, respectively. They did not advance to the championship round.

“We struggled with the wind and cold and the course layout,” Decatur Coach Dan Stearman said.

Despite the challenges, Stearman was very proud of them and thought they all had a great experience.

During the regular season, Decatur finished in first place nine times and in second three times.

“I think the season went great,” Stearman said. “We had contributions from everyone and the top players really performed like I thought they would, especially Emily Malinowski, Hayden Snelsire and Brady Leonard.”

Decatur also won the District VIII tournament this year. The Seahawks came up one stroke short to Kent Island during the Bayside Conference championship.

Stearman said he enjoyed his first season as head coach.

“The kids were great and the season was exciting, and winning the district and Bayside South exceeded my expectations as a first-year coach,” he said.

Leonard, Malinowski and Snelsire earned All-Bayside Conference honors. Junior Blake Marshall was presented Second Team accolades and Beck an honorable mention award.

The team will graduate five seniors.

“We have Brady Leonard and Blake Marshall returning with a good group of players coming up from the JV,” Stearman said. “My expectations for next year is to continue to build the program and contend for the Bayside and district again.”

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