BY DEWEY FOX, firstname.lastname@example.org
2:54 PM EDT, September 27, 2012
The undefeated Bel Air Bobcats continued this season's run of success at Tuesday's District VII golf championships at Ruggles Golf Course at Aberdeen Proving Ground, shooting a combined 315 to take the 3A/4A crown by a 15-stroke margin.
Finishing first in the 1A/2A team competition were the Patterson Mill Huskies, who carded a combined 353 to finish seven strokes ahead of second-place Rising Sun.
The Bel Air squad was led by the one-two punch of Matt Hottman, the reigning District VII individual champ, and Nick Loiodice, who took first and second place, respectively. Hottman, who has consistently carded the lowest score at each of the Bobcats' 2012 matchups, was just one shot over par on Tuesday, scored a 73 on the 18-hole course. Loiodice was fast on his teammate's heels, posting a two-over par mark of 74.
Taking the individual girls title was North Harford's Morgan Wirtz, who came in after 18 holes with an 82, 10 strokes over par.
Patterson Mill's Eric Langrehr took the third overall spot in the boys competition, shooting a four-over 76.
The C. Milton Wright team finished second in the 3A/4A standings with a 330, 15 shots behind the Bobcats. North Harford was 10 strokes behind CMW with a combined 340, while Aberdeen took fourth with a score of 385.
Finishing behind Patterson Mill in the eight-team 1A/2A tournament was Harford Tech, which grabbed third with a 376. Fallston secured a fifth-place tie with Bo Manor by shooting a 377.
Harford Tech's Noah Davis finished fourth in the individual standings, carding a six-over 78. CMW's Quentin Cummings wrapped up fifth place with a round of 79, while Mustang teammates Ricky Scheeler and Ian Moore finished in a tie for sixth place, each shooting an 80.
Nick Kress of North Harford shot an 82 to take eighth place, while Bel Air's Bill Dearth finished ninth with an 83. Bel Air's Sam Foss finished 13th with a round of 85, while North Harford's Tyler Stinar, Bel Air's Tyler Newton and Aberdeen's Robbie Feathers finished in a three-way tie for 15th, each carding an 86.
By finishing their respective rounds in less than 81 strokes, Hottman, Loiodice, Langrehr, Davis, Cummings, Sheeler and Moore all qualified for individual berths at the state championships.
Wirtz, scoring under 90 strokes, qualified for the girls state championships.
The Bel Air and Patterson Mill teams, as winners of their respective divisions, also advance to the state tournament.