Mount St. Joseph senior David Long refused to lose in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association individual stroke-play golf tournament after finishing second last season and third the previous two years.
Long shot a 4-over-par 74 at Five Farms at the Baltimore Country Club in Lutherville on Monday to edge Archbishop Spalding sophomore Chris Navarro, the defending champion, and McDonogh freshman Rij Patel by a stroke in the three-day tournament.
Mount St. Joseph coach Mike Dooley said Long’s performance was clutch, especially considering the rainy and windy conditions that plagued the golfers.
“The conditions today made par probably 76,” Dooley said. “If you look at the scores, the are significantly high for this event. David, for his age, has a lot of high-level experience. He qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur last year in New Hampshire. He also qualified for the Maryland Amateur and beat the 16-time club champion at [Severna Park’s] Chartwell [Country Club] on his home course in the tournament.”
Long, who will attend High Point in the fall on a golf scholarship, went into the 18th hole tied with Navarro and one shot ahead of Patel.
Navarro’s shot off the tee went into the rough, and he three-putted for a bogey.
Long’s second shot put him 8 feet from the pin, and he needed two putts to finish with a par.
Long’s three-round score of 221 was two strokes shy of the MIAA record.
“To finally win, it feels good,” said Long, who recorded 12 pars, two birdies, two bogeys and two double bogeys Monday. “I felt like I needed to win it, and it’s the best way you can end my career.”
Patel shot a final-round 76 on his way to a 222. He finessed one of the day's best shots on the 17th, a 30-foot chip shot for birdie to go into the last hole one down.
Patel and Navarro both shot an opening-round 71.
“It’s rare to have three guys battling for one place coming down to the last hole,” Navarro said. “It was pretty exciting.”
Mount St. Joseph's Cody Lissner finished fourth (227 strokes) and was joined in the top 10 by Spalding’s Kyle Berkshire (229), Mount St. Joseph's Jake Leavitt (231) and Calvert Hall’s Jimmy Grem (231), Boys’ Latin’s Danny Murphy (232), McDonogh’s Jimmy Davis (233), Gilman’s Kevin Devine (235) and Severn’s Erik Hall (235).Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun