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LOTHIAN Tuesday, The Calverton School golf team finally got its season under way as it hosted Spencerville Adventist Academy of Montgomery County in a Maryland Independent Schools Athletic League contest.

After completing nine holes, all the scorecards came in for the stroke-play event and Calverton boasted a team score of 176, outlasting the Hornets by 27 strokes at Old South Country Club in Anne Arundel County, its home course.

Calverton (1-0, 1-0 MISAL) was originally supposed to open the season up last Tuesday versus MISAL counterpart Grace Christian from Waldorf at Old South, but that match was postponed.

Then the following day, Calverton was supposed to face Sidwell Friends School of Montgomery County, but that match was postponed to Oct. 10. A makeup date for the Grace match has yet to be determined.

Even though the Cougars collected a win to start the season, they and head coach Dan Coffin felt that they still could have played a lot better and need to work out some kinks as the season comes along.

The Cougars took on Riverdale Baptist School from Upper Marlboro on Thursday, a match that finished too late for inclusion into this edition.

“We often practice at Mellomar [Golf Park] [in Owings] and the greens are much slower there,” Coffin said. “On this course, we play on much faster greens and the kids have to get use to playing that pace. We have to continue to focus in practice and if we do that, we can work toward lowering our scores.”

Ty Herriott, the reigning MISAL Player of the Year and All-County Athlete of the Year, shot a 2-over-par 37, the match’s top score on the day.

Herriott, a senior and Calverton’s No. 1 golfer, was productive on the greens. He collected five pars, a birdie, but bogeyed three holes that made his score higher than usual.

“I left a few strokes back that I should have had, but it was the first match of the year,” said Herriott, who bested Spencerville senior Sergei Evangelista by 13 strokes.

On Hole No. 3, Herriott’s first hole of the day, he collected a birdie that gave him some momentum.

“Ty is a very consistent golfer off the tee and does not give away a lot of strokes,” said fourth-year Spencerville head coach Nathan Hess. “He plays year-round in a lot of tournaments, he works really hard on his craft and that’s the name of the game.”

Along with Herriott, Calverton junior Jake Pesetsky shot a 42, sophomore Jon Mazza carded a 47, and senior Cole Rainier, in his first season ever playing golf for the school, brought in a score of 50.

“We can definitely cut off about 15 strokes on our score. I think some guys were nervous with it being our first match and we have some first-time players,” said Pesetsky, who had four pars in the match. “I shot a decent score, I would have to say Hole No. 7 was my favorite. I had a good drive, hit my second in the middle of the greens, then from about 10 to 12 feet made the shot for par.”

“As a team, we have to get used to the pressure, we have to take practice more seriously and work on our putting,” Herriott added. “I really thought Cole did well for playing in his first-ever match.”

The Hornets had three other golfers round out the scoring. Joshua Smith scored a 50 to tie with Evangelista for the team-high, while Trevor Stephenson had a 51 and Jeremy Stevens came in with a 52.

“It was a fairly rough day. We had some good shots, some bad shots, we just have to work on being more consistent,” Hess said. “We had some good drives, but overall we gave a good effort. Calverton has a very good team.”

ajmason@somdnews.com

Calverton 176, Spencerville 203

Calverton: Herriott 37, Pesetsky 42, Mazza 47, Rainier 50

Spencerville: Evangelista 50, Smith 50, Stephenson 51, Stevens 52