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All-County Golf 2011: Staley finds his game

December 04, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • North Hagerstown junior Aaron Staley is The Herald-Mail All-Washington County Golfer of the Year for the second straight year.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

Aaron Staley was not a happy golfer as the 2011 prep season was unfolding.

“In the early part of the season I wasn’t happy how I was playing,” said Staley. “Maybe I was expecting too much.”

The North Hagerstown junior wasn’t scoring, fell behind chief rival Kyle Huntzberry of Smithsburg in his game and was simply frustrated.

But Staley turned things around in time, garnering a spot in the Maryland state championships and ending the year with a 38.5 scoring average, just ahead of Huntzberry’s 38.7

For the second straight year, Staley is The Herald-Mail All-Washington County Golfer of the Year.

“I was hitting the golf ball in places where I’d have a 1-in-10 shot of getting up and down,” said Staley. “I wasn’t in normal places.”

Staley grabbed medalist honors in the Washington County Public Schools championship and went on to a 12th-place finish at the state tournament in his second appearance.

“(Huntzberry) beat me at Whitetail badly, like eight strokes,” said Staley. “It was a wake-up call. I came back with a 34 at Maple Run and things started to come back.”

He wiped out a 3.5-stroke difference against Huntzberry, who is an All-County first-teamer for the second year. Staley ended as the leading point-scorer in the MVAL Antietam Conference points system with 145 points, while Huntzberry was second with 129.

“My swing became more comfortable and I was getting my accuracy back,” said Staley.

He said his mental thought for the offseason is simple.

“(Kyle) is going to get better and I will also,” Staley said. “I need to work on putting and I’ll work on upper body strength. The bigger picture is the state tournament.”

Joining Staley on the 2011 Herald-Mail All-County First Team are:

Kyle Huntzberry, Smithsburg

A junior, Huntzberry averaged 38.7 for the season. He finished 20th at the Maryland state tournament.

Scot Drury, Williamsport

A senior, Drury averaged 40.8 for the season, gaining his first All-County selection. He qualified for the Maryland state championship but was unable to compete. He was fourth in the MVAL Antietam points system.

Ryan Crabtree, Williamsport

A junior, Crabtree averaged 41.5 for the season, gaining his first All-County selection. He ranked fifth in the MVAL Antietam points category.

Chad Shindle, North Hagerstown

A junior, Shindle averaged 41.6 for the season, gaining his first All-County selection. He ranked sixth in the MVAL Antietam points category.

Alex Beckel, Saint James

A senior, Beckel averaged 42.6 and gets a third straight selection as a first-teamer. His scoring average reflects the consistently tough courses the Saints played on in the competitive Mid-Atlantic Conference.

All-County Golf Honorable Mention

Broadfording Christian — Matt Christiansen. Clear Spring — Trei Commer, Sr. North Hagerstown — Drew Miguel, So.; Nate Parchment, Jr. Smithsburg — Christian Grosh, Sr.; Shane Fritts, Sr.; Logan McSherry, Sr. South Hagerstown — Cody Reeder, So.; Riley Stephenson, Sr. St. Maria Goretti — Niklas Steiner, Fr.

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