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North's Staley stays in hunt for state title

September 19, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • Aaron Staley
Aaron Staley

WESTMINSTER, Md. — As a team, North Hagerstown will not return to the Maryland State Golf championships in October.

But the Hubs’ Aaron Staley will make his third consecutive appearance as an individual.

Moving into 3A/4A competition, the Hubs had a tough time getting low on the scoreboard in Monday’s districts at Westminster National, played to a par 71.

North collected 341 strokes to finish fourth out of eight schools. Urbana blitzed the field with a 306, followed by Westminster’s 332 to become the region’s two team qualifiers.

North advanced last year when it was in the 1A/2A classification.

Staley shot a less-than-dazzling 81, but was one of four golfers to qualify for states as an individual, slated for Oct. 24-26 at the University of Maryland.

That makes it 3-for-3 for the North junior, who had a 41 on the front and 40 on the back with a few double bogeys dotting his scorecard.

On the par-5 first hole, Staley double bogeyed after getting to within 250 yards from the green.

“Just little stupid stuff like it was all day,” said Staley. “I was blocking wedges from 120 feet and missing putts from 3 feet. I might have hit three greens in regulation.”

Even a chip-in from the fringe for a birdie on No.. 9, a par-5, couldn’t give Staley momentum heading to the back.

“(Pro golfer Adam Scott) always says good chipping takes off a lot of pressure and mine was terrible except for one hole,” said Staley.

Each North Hagerstown team members managed to break 90, but the Hubs needed to go lower.

Chad Shindle shook off an opening-hole 10 on the par-5 18th and came back to shoot an 86, as did Nate Parchment. Drew Miguel had an 88 and Jason Moody shot a 90.

“There were tough conditions,” said North coach Joel Rice.

South Hagerstown finished with 414 team strokes, led by Riley Stephenson’s 98.

Urbana’s Chris DiSciullo and Kyler Ross shared medalist honors, each shooting 74.

The 1A/2A District Championship will be played today at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start at Black Rock Golf Course.

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