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Golf and IronBirds, a winning combination [Commentary]

It didn't take long for the high school sports season to get off and rolling on a very strong note.

I know, some of you are wondering what I'm talking about, since high school sports are still eight days or so away from getting started. Well, tell the high school golf teams that.

The local players were off and showing their stuff in season opening matches last week and none did it better than Bel Air's Tyler Newton. Playing the first nine holes at Winters Run Golf Course, Newton posted a score of 32, for strokes below the par score of 36.

Now, having played Winters Run a handful of times, I know that the first nine holes are not the toughest among nine-hole groups in the area. That said, I've never shot 32 at Winters Run, or any other course for that matter, whether local or not.

Actually, I shoot 32 pretty regularly it just depends on which hole we're playing at the time. Sadly, it's likely number seven or eight. Hey, I did have back-to-back birdies last week. A 20-yard chip that hit the stick and dropped in and then a 15-foot putt from the fringe. Two unlikely birdies, but birdies just the same.

Anyhow, my congrats are out to Newton on a fantastic nine holes of golf. He's set the bar, in this case, pretty low. Let's see who can challenge it.

Newton's teammate, Nick Loiodice, was also below par at 35. Another fine round.

At Ruggles Golf Course, another name to get accustomed to was posting an even par round of 36. That was Mitchell Hardin of Aberdeen. Keep an eye out for him.

There are some others who have yet to post a score, but they will. The UCBAC Chesapeake (upper) Division golfers will be at Bulle Rock on Tuesday. Don't think we'll see 32, but below par is not only possible, but likely.

Hey, the IronBirds are still in real contention for a first-ever playoff spot. An exciting and much needed extra-inning win Monday night in Lowell, Mass., kept the Aberdeen club a half game on top of Brooklyn.

Aberdeen was to play two more games in Lowell, before coming back home to face Hudson Valley in two critical games Thursday and Friday. A year ago, Hudson Valley dominated Aberdeen. This year, not so much. But, what better way for Hudson Valley to spoil Aberdeen's plans?

The 'Birds will then travel to Brooklyn for a crucial two-game set, before coming back to Aberdeen on Monday. The 'Birds will close the regular season against Lowell in a three-game series. Maybe that will be a playoff clinching series.

By the way, high school football gets under way next Friday. See ya at the field.

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