Staley, Hubs part of contingent heading to states

September 22, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE
  • North Hagerstown's Becky Gossard tees off during the Maryland Class 1A/2A District Tournament on Tuesday at Black Rock Golf Course. Gossard shot a 76 to qualify for her fourth trip to the state tournament.
By Colleen McGrath, Staff Photographer

Ten golfers from Washington County will make a visit to the University of Maryland on Oct. 26-27 after qualifying on Tuesday in the Maryland 1A/2A District Tournament at Black Rock Golf Course.

North Hagerstown and Smithsburg made the grade as teams, while Clear Spring's Tyler Brown and Boonsboro's Adam Schofield advanced as individuals.

North Carroll had four players shoot below 82 and totaled 316 to defeat North Hagerstown by five strokes to win the team title. Smithsburg earned the third team berth by breaking a 327-all tie with Middletown with a 19-20 aggregate score in a one-hole playoff.

North sophomore Aaron Staley finished second in the medalist race, leading the Hubs with a 2-under-par 70 on the 6,383-yard layout. He will be make his second state appearance.

"Chipping and putting saved the round for me today," said Staley, who finished one stroke behind medalist Austin Doerr's 69.

Staley and Doerr were in the same foursome and played some cat and mouse as Doerr was 3 under through the first nine for a two-stroke lead over Staley.


But Doerr started the back nine with two bogeys, allowing Staley to take a one-shot lead with a birdie on the par-4 12th hole. He saved par on the 14th with a chip-in and then scored birdies on 15 and 16, both with chip-ins.

Doerr didn't back down, carding birdies on 15 and 16 before Staley wilted with bogeys on 17 and 18.

Doerr clinched his 69 when he chipped in from atop a hill beyond the 18th green, hitting a perfect lob wedge.

"I made the chip-in par and (Doerr) missed his birdie putt and thought I'd just need a birdie-par-par finish," said Staley. "I'm satisfied even though I didn't hit the ball that well."

Staley hit only five fairways and 12 greens in regulation, a testament to his success with chipping and putting.

Senior Becky Gossard made it 4-for-4 for state trips. Gossard shot a 4-over-par 76 and the Hubs had three golfers finish under 80 with the emergence of freshman Drew Miguel's 78.

Gossard said "not getting mad at myself" was an important factor in her score, which included four birdies.

Sunday night, her loving dog of 14 years, Pebbles, died and Gossard played with a heavy heart.

"My grandma said 'I should do it for my dog,'" said Gossard. "It was one of my better ballstriking days."

Gossard posted her best district score to enter the states on a positive note.

Miguel's 78 was an enhancement for the Hubs, who will also choose from Nate Parchment or Sam Robinson to round out their state team.

Smithsburg and Middletown battled for the third berth with the Leopards, the 2005 state champions, prevailing by the one stroke. Matt Snowden, who carded a 79, provided the difference with the only par among the eight participating players.

Christian Grosh also had a 79 for the Leopards, while Kyle Huntzberry added an 84 and Shane Fritts posted an 85.

Individually, Brown surprised himself by fashioning a 79.

"By far the best I ever shot in competition," said Brown. "I just took one shot at a time."

Schofield led Boonsboro with an 82, the cutoff score for qualifying. The Warriors shot 386 as a team. Ryan Crabtree led Williamsport with an 85.

Maryland 1A/2A District Tournament

At Black Rock, par 72


(Top 3 qualify for State Tournament)

North Carroll 316, North Hagerstown 321, (x)-Smithsburg 327, Middletown 327, South Carroll 328, Walkersville 333, Liberty 334, Catoctin 344, Century 345, Williamsport 350, Winters Mill 354, Manchester Valley 354, Northern Garrett 362, Clear Spring 376, Mountain Ridge 378, Oakdale 382, Boonsboro 386, Brunswick 389, Southern Garrett 403, Francis Scott Key 407, Fort Hill 420.

(x)-won team playoff


(Top 4 scores count)

NORTH--Becky Gossard 76, Drew Miguel 78, Nate Parchment 97, Aaron Staley 70, Sam Robertson 101.

SMITHSBURG--Shane Fritts 85, Christian Grosh 79, Kyle Huntzberry 84, Matt Snowden 79, Logan McSherry 92.

WILLIAMSPORT--Ryan Corgard 90, Ryan Crabtree 85, Scot Drury 86, Matt Stemper 89, Chris Kiley 102.

CLEAR SPRING--Tyler Brown 79, Trei Commer 102, Nick Hill 106, Zach Johnson 109, Brett Mentzer 94.

BOONSBORO--Bobby Harwood 94, Adam Schofield 82, David Wilbraham 112, Drew Wren 98, T.J. Shadoan 117.

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