Well, here it is ….. Thursday morning at the MPSSAA golf championship and the final day and wouldn’t yoou know it …. a 75-minute frost delay.
There was just enough on the greens throughout the Potomac Ridge course that the original shotgun start slated for 9 a.m. didn’t get the starters nod until nearly 10:15.
Thank goodness, at least right now, it is not nearly as windy as it was on Wednesday or it would REALLY be a bitter morning for these players.
Starting holes for the locals: Haeun Lee on 10; Chris Bushey on 17; Zach Weber on 12, Becky Gossard on 12, TJ Socks on 15.
And it is a real BRRRR for me, having just come back from Ft. Myers, Florida where I was at the wedding of my niece along with of course, playing golf. It was in the 80s, a little humid, and I’m sorry I didn’t bring any of it back with me.
At any rate, this is the first time I’ve ever been to Potomac Ridge — besides the fact it is so far off the beaten path — it’s a pretty good looking golf course … but like anything else you’ve got to be a player that has course management.
Just talked with Smithsburg’s A.J. Minnich and he was telling me he had one hole on Wednesday when hit hit a 5-iron 130 yards into the wind. That’s how it was for the kids.
Today’s another day and it’s they’re all about three holes into their round …. Smithsburg’s Bushey and Lee need rounds near, or right around par 73 to pick up strokes and contend for individual titles. We’ll see.
Spent the day Monday at Cacapon State Park in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., where there is somewhat of a hidden treasure known as a golf coourse.
Went up for the West Virginia Class AA regional tournament. Berkeley Springs golf coach Dale McCumbee was the host for the first time, bringing the tournament to Cacapon.
For those of you not familiar with the park/golf course and many other things, it’s nestled along Route 522 in Berkeley Springs, about an hour drive from Hagerstown. For some reason, I’ve just never headed up that way. For years, coach McCumbee has urged me to make a visit during one of Berkeley Springs’ meets, but just haven’t.
McCumbee did a really nice job in his first ‘hosting’ experience and he even had two golfers qualify for the state tournament next week.
And that area had much more rain over the weekend than here in Hagerstown. About 3 inches fell at Cacapon, and except for some water in a few bunkers that remained, the golf course was in great condition. Kudos to golf professional Charlie Fields and the staff for making the course so playable under tough conditions.
I now know I’ll soon get back to Cacapon for a full round of 18 holes. Might even ‘rough’ it and get a cabin and enjoy the wilderness.
The Maryland 1A/2A District Tournament was contested this afternoon at Black Rock Golf Course.
Here are the final team scores:
Smithsburg 317, Middletown 334, Liberty 335, Walkersville 338, North Hagerstown 339, Century 340, Northern Garrett 350, Boonsboro 359, Clear Spring 360, Catoctin 360, Winters Mill 363, Francis Scott Key 365, South Hagerstown 372, Fort Hill 384, Williamsport 385, South Carroll 388, Southern Garrett 392, Brunswick 418, Mountain Ridge 470.
That means Smithsburg and Middletown qualify as teams for the state tournament, slated for Oct. 22-23 at Potomac Ridge in Waldorf, Md.
Smithsburg team members and their scores today: Chris Bushey 75, Brandon Keefer 79, A.J. Minnich 80, Haeun Lee 83, Bo Phillips 85.
Individuals qualifying from Washington County are: Zach Weber, Williamsport, 76; T.J. Socks, Clear Spring, 76; Kyle Walters, North Hagerstown, 79; Becky Gossard, North Hagerstown, 83.
Allegheny didn’t make any friends today, especially with Liberty.
The MPSSAA requires 20 teams to be in the field in order for 3 schools to qualify for the state tournament. However, Allegheny showed up with only 3 players to play on an individual basis so only 2 schools qualified. As seen above, Liberty lost out by 1 stroke.
Medalist was defending champion Alex Hoffman, of Middletown, firing a 3-under-par 69.
Well, the first, unofficial prep golf averages are here. In some case, coaches have reported updated averages and others are based on what has been reported to The Herald-Mail. Since schools play both 9, and 18-hole matches, generally we’ve turned everything into 9-hole averages.
The numbers aren’t all that bad, not great, but not bad. Soon the players will vie for postseason berths. In Maryland, the 1A-2A district tournament is Sept. 23 at Black Rock.
Player, School, Avg.
Haeun Lee, Smithsburg 36.7
Derek Baker, Waynesboro 37.1
Nick Tornetta, Chambersburg 38.2
Alec Kessler, Chambersburg 38.3
Chris Bushey, Smithsburg 38.6
Zach Weber, Williamsport 39.0
Calvin Mentzer, Chambersburg 39.0
Scott Kegerreis, Chambersburg 39.0
Jake Steich, North Hagerstown 39.0
Jamie Phillips, St. James 39.8
Becky Gossard, North Hagerstown 40.0
Conner Spessard, North Hagerstown 40.0
Jordan Wivell, North Hagerstown 40.1
Hank Strickler, Chambersburg 40.1
Ryan Kell, Waynesboro 40.2
Brad Beebe, Martinsburg 40.2
Ryan Redick, Berkeley Springs 40.3
Jordan Thurber, Clear Spring 40.5
Liz Breed, Waynesboro 40.7
T.J. Socks, Clear Spring 40.8
Landon Hollenshead, JB 40.8
Chris Payne, Jefferson 41.4
Jake Yoder, Martinsburg 41.8
Everywhere around the Tri-State, prep golfers have been on the links ahead of their first day of school.
Some people have asked why the golfers play some of their events so far ahead of the beginning of school. The answer is simple: If the golf schedule didn’t start until school was in session, there would be too much early dismissal time for the players, meaning it’s lost time in the classroom.
Now obviously it will still happen thru october, but the entire amount of poentital time lost is not as great, especially in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, where the season is nearly three weeks in the making.
So, that means it’s time to take a look at what’s been going on lately.
In Washington County, Smithsburg is the top team with a chance at a Class 1A/2A title and an individual title in the girls division with junior Haeun Lee, who was second last year in the state tournament.
In case you weren’t aware, the state tournament has been moved from The University of Maryland, which is undergoing rennovations. It will be conducted this season at Potomac Ridge.
Other top Washington County players this year are: Chris Bushey of Smithsburg, Joey Demartino of Boonsboro, Becky Gossard of North Hagerstown, Joey Miller of South Hagerstown, Emily Steiner of St. Maria Goretti and Jamie Phillips of St. James.
Golf is well underway in Pennsylvania and as usual, there’s a supply of excellent golf.
Chambersburg coach Mark Yost told me it will be another year of battling Cumberland Valley in the district.
The Trojans lost Tyler Straub and Ryan Cocaggna to graduation but are still loaded with Nick Tornetta, Kyle Kegerreis, Calvin Mentzer and Hank Strickler.
And, they’ve got Kacy Straub, who will be a threat in the state girls division.
And then there is Waynesboro, another system with very good golf.
Coach Ryan Henderson’s comment to me about his returning players: “I’ve got good studs and a studette back.”
Derek Baker and Alec Kessler have formidable games and the Indians will get help from Lucas Franki, Ian Ramsey and Seth Lourdon.
And the ‘studette’ is Liz Breed, who very well could be rated as the top prospect to win the PA girls state tournament this year. I’ve seen her play, as well as all the others I’ve mentioned, and Breed can definitely get it done this year.
One other player that could make some movement comes from James Buchanan — Landon Hollenshead, who opened the season with a fine round at Whitetail in a MPC event.
Moving along I-81 to West Virginia, I’ll give the top individual player nods to Martinsburg’s Brad Beebe and Jake Yoder.
Martinsburg has finished first in four events already this year and Beebe has led the way with a 40-stroke average per 9 holes. If you throw out one bad 18-hole round he had, his average is much better. And Yoder, is not far behind Beebe.
Jefferson has some pretty good numbers so far this year from Chris Payne, Jamie Richard and Bryan Milburn.
Ryan Redick is the top player at Berkeley Springs and could well make his way to the WV state in Class AA.
I’d feel safe in saying the boys from Martinsburg and Jefferson have shots at the state meet.
Here are the state tournament schedules for 2008:
Maryland — at Potomac Ridge, Waldorf, Md., October 21-23 (1A/2A on Oct. 22-23)
Pennsylvania — at Heritage Hills, York, Pa., October 20-21
West Virginia — at Oglebay Park, Wheeling, W.Va., October 7-8
Here are the results of the 1A-2A
Maryland 1A-2A District Tournament
At Black Rock
Top 2 to state
Liberty 313, Century 317, Williamsport 324, Walkersville 326, Smithsburg 328, Middletown 329, South Carroll 331, Northern Garrett 339, Winters Mill 345, North Hagerstown 348, Fort Hill 351, Boonsboro 360, South Hagerstown 360, Southern Garrett 360, Catoctin 362, Francis Scott Key 368, Clear Spring 380, Allegany 403, Brunswick 403.
Washington County team scores
Andrew Duff 35-39-74
Dustin Starliper 36-43-79
Zach Weber 42-42-84
Josh Cline 46-41-87
Chris Karr 49-52-101
Haeun Lee 36-38-74
A. J. Minnich 40-44-84
Chris Bushey 44-41-85
Brandon Keefer 41-44-85
Paul Stavrakas 49-48-97
Tyler Fairley 40-39-79
Jimmy Hill 41-46-87
Becky Gossard 46-43-89
Conner Spessard 40-50-90
Adam Yost 41-51-92
Jordan Wivell 46-47-93
Tyler Thompson 45-42-87
Elijah Hudlow 52-41-93
Troy Hartle 44-53-97
Luke Hoffman 46-51-97
Robbie Suddith 42-41-83
Andrew Mueller 42-46-88
Joey Miller 42-47-89
Bren Przywieczerski 49-51-100
Bobby Asper 58-48-106
T.J. Socks 47-44-91
Brian Lesher 48-48-96
Tyler Brown 51-45-96
Adam Lipella 49-48-97
Brandon Grimm 50-51-101