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Prep Golf: Hubs miss team cut at states

October 23, 2012

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — It wasn’t the kind of day the North Hagerstown golf team envisioned.

The Hubs posted a collective 330 as a team on Monday in the Maryland Class 3A/4A state tournament at the University of Maryland Golf Course. That was six shots off the cutline of 324 as North finished 12th of 21 teams.

“We’re disappointed in the outcome,” North coach Joel Rice said. “It’s a heartbreaker today, but we had a great year.”

North had qualified as a team two years ago but missed the cut into the finals.

“We really wanted to make the cut,” Rice said. “Conditions were good today, in the 70s but we just had a bad day.”

Aaron Staley and Drew Miguel each shot 78 for North and will move on to the final round on Wednesday in individual competition. Chad Shindle shot an 83 and missed qualifying by one shot and Nate Parchment shot a 91.

Staley, competing in his fourth straight state championship, was disappointed with his openeing round, especially after he shot a 1-over 72 last year in the first round.

“I just couldn’t get anything going,” Staley said. “I missed birdie putts and I’d get chip shots close, but I’d miss putts for par.”

Down the stretch, Staley bogeyed five of his last six holes.

In his second state appearance, Miguel’s effort was five shots better than his first venture to College Park. Staley said the scoring observer following Miguel’s group said afterward that Miguel could easily have shot a 76.

There are 23 players between 73 and 78, a large hurdle to overcome for Staley and Miguel. The leader is Andrew Barth, of Walt Whitman, who shot a 2-under-par 69.

The 3A/4A team leader is Wootton High School, where three of the four players generating a 306 team total are girls, two who shot 2 over 73.

The boys played to around 6,200 yards and the girls tees are set around 5,200 yards.

Tuesday, the 1A/2A first round will be held with Washington County players looking to move on to Wednesday in the individual race.

Smithsburg’s Kyle Huntzberry makes his fourth appearance, Williamsport’s Ryan Crabtree and Cody Trunkle are in the boys division and Boonsboro’s Sydney Alexander will compete in the girls.

Tim Koelble

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