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Fountain Head plays host to state junior golf event

June 22, 2013|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — The starters on the first and 10th holes at Fountain Head Country Club will have plenty of early-morning company on Monday.

With a 7:30 a.m. tee time on both sides of the course, the golfers in the 89th annual Maryland Boys Junior Championship will fire away for the first time in Washington County.

“We are extremely excited about hosting this event,” said Fountain Head professional Jim Schouller. “The members were happy to have this event and give up a playing day to host this.”

The Maryland State Golf Association will welcome 150 juniors from the state, including four local players — Aaron Staley, Kyle Huntzberry, Ryan Crabtree and Nik Steiner.

They’ll be part of the morning group with fuzzies in their eyes. They’ll hope the final score on their card is good enough to be one of the top 24 plus ties that get a tee time for Tuesday’s final round.

At 7:30 a.m., Steiner tees off on No. 1 and Staley begins on No. 10. At 7:40, Huntzberry tees up on No. 1 and Crabtree hits off No. 10.

“I sure don’t mind the early start, but getting up around 5 a.m., I’m not looking forward to,” mused Staley.

The field includes defending champion Tyler Herriott, who captured the 2012 title at Baltimore Country Club. He tees off on No. 10 at 9:10 a.m.

Some other top names to watch, according to Staley, are Bennett Buch (Sykesville), Ryan Cole (Mt. Airy) and Connor Flach (Ellicott City). Herriott defeated Flach in a playoff to win last year.

Staley has played a few rounds at Fountain Head during his junior golf days, along with the other locals, but will that be a big advantage at Fountain Head?

“Knowing the course or not, you’ve still got to hit the greens,” Staley said. He also noted his putting has been on the upswing of late. “My goal is around 77 if the wind is up and a 74 if it is not.”

Fountain Head will play to approximately 6,079 yards at par 36-35-71.

“Just one of those freaky things,” MSGA Director of Rules & Competition Randy Reed said of the first-ever visit for the Junior Boys coming to Fountain Head. “We called (Fountain Head member) Roger Finn about two years ago to begin talk about coming to Fountain Head.”

Reed said the course won’t get any special tweaking.

“These juniors, some of them hit the ball as far as anyone else,” Reed said.

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