The Eleanor Roosevelt High School golf team missed out on another opportunity to qualify for the program’s first trip to the state finals.
“Up until now I couldn’t be happier,” coach Troy Bradbury said. “I’m pretty sure we’ve won everything for our third year in a row. I mean winning the districts and getting to states — I don’t remember a time where we haven’t sent at least one player to the state championships. I can’t be happier in our county but our goal is to always make it to the second day of states. We just haven’t done it yet.”
Prince George’s County and district champion Bryan Morris was the low man once again, finishing with an 80 and making the individual cut for Wednesday’s final round. However, the Raiders fell off significantly after Morris.
Sophomore Ishmail Jabbie, the only member of the county to qualify for last year’s finals, shot an 87 as did teammate Andrew Hung. Trevor Evans rounded off the effort with an 88 and the Raiders finished 18 shots back from the cut.
“It’s pressure, it’s pressure,” Bradbury said. “So the more we do this — we’re still so young, we only lose Trevor, whose had a great four years, he’s achieved a lot in four years — because this team will be the same team as next year for the most part, we should get it. We’ll get it by next year.”
For now, just Morris and Oxon Hill’s Demarkis Cooper, who has developed an uncanny ability to qualify by the slimmest of margins (he made the state tournament by one and the state finals exactly on the number), will be focused on the next round rather than the next year.
After a slow start to the season, Morris has become a budding talent, shooting 72, 79 and a 73 in the past three weeks, winning all three tournaments, and stepping into Jabbie’s role as Roosevelt’s lead man.
“It’s his swing,” Bradbury said. “Well it’s his confidence, actually. He starts swinging the club better, starts making better contact and as soon as he starts making better contact he’s not standing over the ball saying ‘I don’t know where this is going.’ He knows exactly where it is going.”
Morris struggled early on Monday at the University of Maryland golf course, opening with five straight bogeys and adding another one hole later, but he put together a string of pars in which he “had great chances to make a lot of birdies but nothing wanted to seem to go in,” he said.
The rest of the round featured nothing spectacular or detrimental and his 80 proved to be safe from the cut by two shots.
This is the first time the county champ has qualified for the state finals and Prince George’s will have one more representative on the second day than last year.
“A good score would be good for P.G. County and myself,” he said. “I think a 75 would be a solid score.”
Prince George’s County results
Eleanor Roosevelt (342): Bryan Morris 80; Ishmail Jabbie 87; Andrew Hung 87; Trevor Evans 88.
Demarkis Cooper 82.