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The La Plata Warriors golf team has already proven to be a dominant force this season, finishing undefeated in the regular season and claiming the District IV tournament title last week.
On Tuesday at White Plains Golf Course in White Plains, La Plata continued its dominance at the Charles County Superintendent’s Cup tournament, capturing its ninth title since 2002 with a team score of 315, five strokes better than second-place North Point.
La Plata now will focus on Monday’s SMAC tournament at Swan Point Yacht & Country Club in Issue, looking to win its first SMAC tournament crown since 2007.
“Again, this is part of the steppingstones that I talked about earlier this year, our goal was to get to state tournament and compete. The county tournament is preparation for us,” La Plata head coach Dave Russell said. “Our score was a little higher than it should have been, and the weather was a factor, with it being cold. We need to be focused a little bit more, for the next two weeks, that’s what it’s going to take to achieve our ultimate goal.”
McDonough came in third with a score of 347, Thomas Stone was fourth with 388, Lackey came in fifth with 401 and Westlake was sixth with a 476.
The Warriors were spearheaded by sophomore Tyler Koch, who claimed the individual county plaque, carding a 3-over-par 73 to lead the field in the 18-hole tournament. Koch finished with 13 pars, one birdie and four bogeys.
Warriors junior Chase Childers tied for third overall with North Point’s Mark Escanilla with a score of 78 on the day, while Dylan Truax carded an 81 and Rocco Mirabile added an 83 for La Plata.
“I’ve been practicing hard and today I just wanted to work on keeping everything low and staying away from high numbers,” said Koch, who had the lowest score of anyone in all but one regular season match he played in and tied with Truax for the District IV tournament title with a score of 73. “It would be nice to sweep the [postseason] heading into states; we just have to stay focused.”
After getting off to a rough start, McDonough senior Nick Stottlemyer finished strong on the greens and captured the second overall lowest score on the day with a 6-over 76.
“I really got off to a bad start and had been hitting the ball horribly,” said Stottlemyer, who had parred six holes, had four birdies, seven bogeys and a double bogey. “But on the sixth tee box, I just tried to refocus and birdied three out of the last four holes on the front. I’m not really happy with how I finished, but for how I was hitting, I can’t complain.”
McDonough head coach Ned Spearbeck, who helped lead the Rams to a state title in the Class 2A-1A state tournament title in 2011, mentioned that he’s looking for Stottlemyer to do great things at the SMAC and state tournaments.
“Nick has really grown, he started today 5-over-par on the first four holes and he finished the last 14 holes 1-[over]-par,” Spearbeck said. “The emotional self control that he was able to display to keep it together is something that he’s gained since his freshman year with us. To turn a bad start into a second-place finish, that’s quite a bit of growth.”
Stottlemyer added, “In the SMAC tournament, I just plan on staying focused and hitting good shots and just adding it up at the end and seeing what the number is.”
North Point freshman Matt Zabiegalski shot an 80, while freshman Justin Kim and junior Haley Carr both carded 81s on the day.
Stone’s Ryan Callahan had the team’s lowest score with an 87. Tommy Deloache had Lackey’s lowest score with a 91, and Christian Brown had Westlake’s lowest score with a 113.
Charles County Superintendent Cup golf tournament scores
La Plata 315, North Point 320, McDonough 347, Thomas Stone 388, Lackey 401, Westlake 476
La Plata: Koch 73, Childers 78, Truax 81, Mirabile 83
North Point: Escanilla 78, Zabiegalski 80, Kim 81, Carr 81
McDonough: Stottlemyer 76, A. Malherek 88, M. Malherek 90, DeAtley 93
Thomas Stone: Callahan 87, Lawrence 92, Sneden 98, Keyes 111
Lackey: DeLoache 91, Wright 93, Pickle 104, Rogers 113
Westlake: Brown 113, Yarbrough 116, Formey 123, Rowley 124