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Prep golf: 'Old vet' Huntzberry to lead young contingent to states with young contingent

September 25, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • Williamsport's Ryan Crabtree chips onto the 11th green at Black Rock during Tuesday's Maryland Class 2A/1A District 1 tournament. Crabtree qualified for the state tournament.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — One veteran will be joined by two rookies on the tournament trail to the University of Maryland for the state golf championship on Oct. 23-24.

Smithsburg senior Kyle Huntzberry shot a 5-over-par 77 to qualify for his fourth state finals to lead the Washington County contingent after Tuesday’s Class 1A/2A District 1 at Black Rock Golf Course.

Williamsport’s Ryan Crabtree, with a fine 75, and Cody Trunkle, with a 79, will  make their first appearances. Smithsburg sophomore Nate Redmond shot an 83 and just missed with the cut line of 82.

Huntzberry started his round with a birdie on the par-5 opening hole, but that was it for the day. He hit the ball well, but faced constant problems with his belly putter.

“I hit the ball as straight as I have all year,” said Huntzberry. “I was hitting fairways and hitting greens.”

The problem was with the blade, which made Huntzberry use up 34 of his strokes.

“Obviously my speed was bad, but I’ll work on it,” said Huntzberry.

Crabtree, starting in the group behind Huntzberry, also posted his only birdie on the first hole.

He followed with four bogeys, but then managed to get his game in check. Still, something was missing.

Crabtree hit only four fairways and six greens in regulation, so he needed to rely heavily on chipping and putting.

“I was saving pars with chips and putts inside four feet,” said Crabtree, who missed qualifying for the state last year by one stroke. “I maxed out of this round what I could get.”

Williamsport coach Rod Steiner said Trunkle “has been playing better lately,” but it might still be rated a surprise he qualified.

Trunkle transferred from Hancock in order that he could continue to elevate his golf game, which he controlled on Tuesday.

Trunkle had five birdies, including one on the par-5 14th hole, to enable him to break 80.

“I’m pretty happy about my round,” said Trunkle. “I was due for a good one. I really didn’t expect a 79. I made a lot of putts.”

“I’m thrilled for (Trunkle),” said Steiner.

None of the county teams were able card the qualifying stroke requirement of 332.

Smithsburg was fifth with 338 and Williamsport was sixth with 339. Boonsboro totaled 405 and Clear Spring had 421. The top scorer for Boonsboro was Tyler Olson with a 94 and Owen Nield led Clear Spring with a 98.

Only two schools — Middletown at 316 and Century at 323 — qualified as teams. Middletown freshman Jake Darr was medalist with a 2-under-par 70.

With the district decided, Washington County golf teams now focus on the public schools championship Thursday at Black Rock, where Huntzberry has been the medalist the past two years. North Hagerstown is two-time defending team champion.

Prep Golf
Maryland 2A/1A District 1
at Black Rock
Team scores: Middletown 316, Century 323, North Carroll 333, South Carroll 335, Smithsburg 338, Williamsport 339, Oakdale 340, Walkersville 341, Manchester Valley 357, Northern Garrett 358, Francis Scott Key 360, Liberty 360, Southern Garrett 361, Brunswick 365, Fort Hill 365, Catoctin 373, Allegany 384, Winters Mill 390, Mountain Ridge 404, Boonsboro 405, Clear Spring 421.
Area individuals
SMITHSBURG — Kyle Huntzberry 77, Nate Redmond 83, Jordan Tapley 85, Ryan Milligan 93, Cody Fairall 103.
WILLIAMSPORT — Ryan Crabtree 75, Cody Trunkle 79, Devin Blackman 87, Ben Seibert 98, Connor Renn 112.
BOONSBORO — Tyler Olson 94, Travis Moats 95, Sam DeLauro 101, Jacob Burdette 115, T.J. Shadoan 126.
CLEAR SPRING — Owen Nield 98, Joe Alexander 105, Ethan Moats 108, Garrett Hull 110, Tim Stoner 110.

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