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It was a memorable season the Northern Patriots golf team this fall.
The Patriots (36-0 overall) compiled a 12-0 record to claim the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference regular season title and captured titles in the SMAC tournament (team score 322), District IV tournament (306) and Calvert County tournament (335).
“Good golfers do mundane things … over and over and over again,” Northern head coach Mickey Norfolk said after his team won the district tournament on Sept. 24. “If you’re willing to do that, you’re going to be a good golfer.”
Northern averaged a score of 157 per match with a season-best 144 versus Patuxent and North Point on Aug. 29 for Norfolk, who recently won All-SMAC and All-County Coach of the Year honors.
After being undefeated through the regular season and sweeping all three postseason tournaments, the Patriots took fifth in the Class 4A-3A state golf championships. Wootton High School from Montgomery County shot a 603 after two days of play at the University of Maryland Golf Course in College Park to be the state championships. The Patriots finished with a score of 634 in the two-day tournament on Oct. 22 and 24.
Northern was led by All-SMAC Most Outstanding Player and the County Co-Athlete of the Year Jacob Benish, who never lost a match through the SMAC regular season, the SMAC tournament, the district tournament and the county tournament.
“This season was great and a lot of fun. We all had fun, no doubt,” Benish said after state tournament where he had a two-day score of 152. “Just being able to play together all of the time, we had a lot of fun this year. I wish I could do it next year, but I can’t.”
“He’s special,” Norfolk said after Benish won the All-County AOY honor, along with Calverton School senior Ty Herriott.
Along with Benish, senior Tony Reichert was an All-SMAC second-team and All-County first-team selection.