High School Golf: Shindle shocks Staley

North wins team title

September 27, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE |
  • Williamsport's Ryan Crabtree, center, gets help searching for his ball in the water from Smithsburg's Kyle Huntzberry, left, and North Hagerstown's Nate Parchment, right, during Thursday's Washington County Public Schools Golf Championship at Black Rock Golf Course.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — It was the Shootout at the Black Rock Corral on Thursday.

The Washington County Public Schools Golf Championship had developing battles throughout the day.

When the smoke had cleared, North Hagerstown had won its third straight team title and Chad Shindle took the field by surprise by defeating Aaron Staley in a two-hole playoff for individual honors.

North put together a team total of 305 strokes, far better than its performance Tuesday in the district tournament, even though the Hubs qualified as a team with 313 strokes.

Williamsport was second on Thursday with 326.

Staley and Shindle each shot a 2-over-par 74, followed by Drew Miguel with a 78 and a huge surprise from sophomore Alex Moir with a 79.

“That was some stellar shooting today,” said North coach Joel Rice. “Now, we just need to do that as a team at the states.”

Shindle caught Staley with an eagle on the 533-yard, par-5 14th hole, when he holed out from 130 yards with a pitching wedge to get to 2 under.

“The ball hit what looked like about six inches from the pin and in,” said Shindle, who then saved par on the 17th with a two-putt from the fringe to finish his round while Staley was ending his round on the 18th in the shotgun format.

“I knew if I parred out I had a chance after the eagle,” said Shindle.

On the first playoff hole at the 403-yard eighth hole, each golfer had a reasonable opportunity for birdie from about 18 feet left of the pin, but both missed and settled for par after making 2-foot kneeknockers coming back.

At the ninth hole, a 400-yard downhill par 4, both had drives in the fairway that left them with easy wedges inside 120 yards to a pin tucked tight in the middle left of the green.

Shindle drilled his shot pin high to the left of the flag to about 4 feet, while Staley’s shot was short right about 25 feet.

He nearly holed the putt, but surprisingly missed  the short putt for par, leaving Shindle with a two-putt to win the playoff, which he accomplished.

“After Tuesday, I would never have expected this,” said Shindle, who shot an 81 in the district.

He picked up shots by replacing a triple bogey on the fifth hole and a double bogey on the 14th with a par and eagle on Thursday.

Staley began his round with an eagle on the par-5 first hole with a gap wedge from 90 yards, but could only generate one more birdie.

“I hit the ball a lot in spots that wouldn’t allow me birdies,” said Staley, who finished second in the individual medal for the third straight year. “I had putts lip out, like 15 and 16. But a 36 scoring average for the year isn’t bad.

“I thought the putts on either playoff hole were going in,” Staley said. “But, I’d rather lose to a teammate like Chad.”

Smithsburg’s Kyle Huntzberry and Williamsport’s Ryan Crabtree each started 2 under through three holes to start the shootout. At one point through seven holes, Crabtree led at even par.

Moir reached even par through 11 holes and actually led Staley for four holes before he had a bogey. Eventually, Moir tumbled out of contention when he suffered a triple bogey on 13, the same hole that knocked Huntzberry out with a quad-bogey eight.

Washington County Public Schools Championship

At Black Rock, par 72


North Hagerstown 305, Williamsport 326, Smithsburg 351, Boonsboro 379, South Hagerstown 388, Clear Spring 410.


NORTH: Chad Shindle 74, Aaron Staley 74, Drew Miguel 78, Kyle Moir 79, Nate Parchment 80, Hunter Martin 82.

WILLIAMSPORT: Ryan Crabtree 77, Cody Trunkle 81, Devin blackman 82, Ben Seibert 86, Connor Renn 96, Drew Jamison 111.

SMITHSBURG: Kyle Huntzberry 79, Nate Redmond 84, Jordan Tapley 85, Cody Fairall 103, Trey Martz 121, Zach Wolf 122.

BOONSBORO:  Tyler Olson 88, Travis Moats 95, Sydney Alexander 98, Blake Doughery 98, T.J. Shadoan  103, Jacob Burdette 108.

SOUTH: Cody Reeder 84, Dylan Bickford 85, Andrew Snodderly 106, Bridgette Swanson 113, Josh Mades 117, Lon Branham 117.

CLEAR SPRING: Ethan Moats 100, Garrett Hull 102, Tim Stoner 104, Joe Alexander 104; Alex Sword 106.

HANCOCK: Kyle Kerns 89.

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