(Oct. 19, 2018) The Stephen Decatur golf team came up a bit short of capturing the Bayside Conference championship, losing by one stroke to Kent Island on Tuesday at the GlenRiddle Golf Club in Berlin.
“We played pretty good on a tough golf course, a course we don’t play during the season,” Decatur Coach Dan Stearman said. “We made a few mistakes that we haven’t made all year. I think the pressure got to them a little bit.”
Decatur led by four strokes going into the final hole, where the Seahawks struggled a bit. Kent Island performed better on the last hole and was able to pull ahead.
Decatur finished with a 351, while Kent Island carded a 350.
Junior Brady Leonard, who tallied an 82, led Decatur. Senior captains Emily Malinowski and Hayden Snelsire recorded 86 and 87, respectively. Junior Blake Marshall carded a 95.
“They had a great year and I think they’re going into states with a little more passion to compete,” Stearman said.
So, now, it’s on to the state championship for the Seahawks. Malinowski, Snelsire, Leonard and senior Joe Beck will represent Decatur during the 3A/4A state competition at University of Maryland – College Park.
The opening round for 3A/4A schools is Monday. The 2A/1A schools will compete on Tuesday. The top-40 percent of the teams will advance to the final round on Wednesday.
Malinowski and Snelsire will make their third state appearance. It will be Leonard’s second time playing in the tournament. Beck will make his state tournament debut.
To be successful on the difficult golf course, Stearman said the Seahawks needed to have good shot selections, limit errors, and if they do make a mistake, correct it.
“I think they can really compete and perform well at states,” he said.