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La Plata bests county for golf title

By AJ MASON

Staff writer

The La Plata golf program has been familiar with winning the Charles County Superintendent’s Cup golf tournament over the last decade.

It has claimed seven county titles since 2002. Tuesday at White Plains Golf Course in White Plains, the Warriors added another title to the resume.

Spearheaded by Taylor Cook’s 7-over-par 77 and Tyler Koch’s 78, the pair fueled the Warriors to an impressive score of 318, 25 strokes better than runner-up North Point in the 18-hole tournament.

Cook, a freshman, along with Koch, shot a 38 on the front nine and 39 on the back. Cook collected nine pars, and had eight bogeys, but birdied Hole No. 4.

McDonough took third in the tournament with a score of 370, four strokes better than fourth-place Thomas Stone, while Lackey shot a 377. Westlake did not field a team this fall.

“It was surprising,” Cook said on his score. “I was able to hit the ball straight and put it on the greens. Playing 18 holes is exhausting, but halfway through we got to take a break for food.”

Dylan Truax and Dylan Dement added scores of 81 and 82, respectively, to round out the top four golfers on the day.

“Taylor started playing golf for the first time this summer and he’s already getting better,” La Plata head coach Dave Russell said. “He really shot well today. All the hard work and dedication is starting to pay off.”

The last two county cups were won by McDonough, but this season La Plata was happy to finish as the top team in the county.

Though shooting 13 strokes better than they did in the District IV tournament on Sept. 24, Russell feels his team go even lower.

“We had a pretty decent score,” said Russell, whose team has won five county titles since he arrived at the helm in 2005. “A chip here, a par or an iron here will help us improve even more. I’m proud of the boys, but we want to shoot even lower.”

Leading the field on the day was North Point sophomore Mark Escanilla, who carded a 4-over-par 74 to win the overall individual title of the tournament.

“I just wanted to come out and post a good score with the team,” Escanilla said. “This is my lowest score of the season. Playing in a lot of tournaments this summer really help me.”

Sophomore Cameron Cooper and sophomore captain Haley Carr shot scores of 83 and 89, respectively, for North Point. Freshman Jimmy Mulvey added a score of 97 to round out the team’s top four finishers.

“Mark had been struggling with his ball striking, but today he was more under control,” North Point head coach Charles Skinner said. “He took a mature adjustment and has really worked hard to on his game.”

Skinner added: “Our young guns didn’t shoot well today, we could have shot a lot lower. We have to work on our games. I think we left some strokes on the field today that we want to have back.”

McDonough were led by junior Andrew Malherek and Nick Stottlemyer who both shot a 86 on the day. Stone senior Justin Miller and sophomore Matt Lilley brought in scores of 92 to lead the team.

Lackey was led by Tommy DeLoache with an 88.

The county teams will be right back at White Plains at 8 a.m. Thursday for the SMAC tournament.

ajmason@somdnews.com