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The Worcester Prep golf team won the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship last Wednesday at GlenRiddle Golf Club in Berlin. Pictured, from left, are juniors Harrison Humes and Griffin Jones, sophomore Vanesska Hall, senior captain Riley Schoch and freshmen Michael DePalma and Owen West.

(Oct. 29, 2021) The Worcester Prep golf team dominated its Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference opponents throughout the season, and the Mallards did the same in the tournament championship.

“I think they played very well, the whole team. I was very pleased,” said Prep Coach Don McMullen.

The Prep squad won last Wednesday’s three-school ESIAC championship match, scoring a 164.

Sophomore Vanesska Hall led the field of golfers, shooting a 39, and earning medalist honors.

“She got an eagle on hole one. It was her seventh hole of the competition. It was a par 4 and she got a 2. That helped her out tremendously,” McMullen said. “Then she parred the next two holes.”

Freshman Michael DePalma (40), junior Harrison Humes (42) and freshman Owen West (43) also contributed to victory.

“Mike’s 40 was outstanding also, as well as Harrison’s 42 and Owen’s 43,” McMullen said. “Those four really played well – a junior, a sophomore and two freshmen and they’re all coming back next year.”

Gunston came in second place with a 186 at GlenRiddle in Berlin. Salisbury School finished in third, tallying a 221.

Worcester finished the season undefeated, 12-0.

Four players earned a spot on the All-ESIAC team. Hall and DePalma both had scoring averages of 39.4 for nine holes. They were named Co-Players of the Year.

Humes finished with a 40.8 average and junior Griffin Jones recorded a 46.6 average.

“It was a great, fun season,” McMullen said. “The competition among the Worcester Prep players was nice to see. It helped them improve as the season progressed.”

Because of the good weather, McMullen said the golfers were able to get in more practice rounds then they have in past seasons.

“There were some nice rounds in the 30s from different players. It was just jaw-dropping. It blew me away,” McMullen said. “Practices were very competitive, which added to the success. The competition in practice rolled right over into the matches. ”

The team will only graduate two players – senior captain Riley Schoch and Bennett Tinkler.

“So 12 will be back, and we have some who are in eighth grade on the middle school team that will be freshmen next year,” McMullen said. “The team should be strong again next year. I’m excited. I’m looking forward to it.”

There are more than 20 golfers in grades sixth through eighth involved in the middle school program.

“It’s a nice feeder program,” he added.

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