Wednesday’s final round of the Maryland State Golf Tournament in College Park turned out doubly well for a pair of Harford County high school juniors.
Jake Nemeth of North Harford and William Creery of Fallston both shot a two-day total of 154 to give themselves a shared position of state runner-up in the Class 1A-2A tourney.
Nemeth shot duplicate rounds of 77 Tuesday and Wednesday, while Creery shot 79 Tuesday and 75 on Wednesday, over the par-71, University of Maryland Golf Course.
Brett Baile of Smithsburg also shot rounds of 79 and 75 to tie for second place with Nemeth and Creery.
David Stephens of Marriotts Ridge shot 75 and 78 win to finish with 153 and the state title by a single stroke.
“I played plus-5 on hole 16 over the two days, but otherwise I played two solid rounds,” Nemeth said. “I had a great time competing with some awesome golfers and really enjoyed the experience.”
Nemeth has been the steady leader of the Hawks golf team all season. “Jake was rock solid both days at the state tournament. He has continued to improve steadily over the last few years and has become one of the best junior golfers in Maryland,” Hawks golf coach Nick Panos said. “We at North Harford are very proud of him. Also, I would like to congratulate all of the players who did such a great job of representing Harford and Cecil counties.”
Creery was a newcomer to Harford County and the state, but clearly not new to the game of golf. Creery shot low round, after low round throughout the season, highlighted by the District VII title and the low score at the annual UCBAC Chesapeake Division match played at Bulle Rock Golf Course.
“He [Creery] was a little disappointed in his semifinal match on Tuesday, but rebounded well in today’s final and was extremely pleased with his finish on the back 9,” Cougars golf coach Steve Mull said. “It was his first experience in our state tournament after playing on the California State Championship Team last year, but he’s only a junior and has great things ahead of him next season.”
Creery’s play was tops for the Cougars who played and placed as a team for the third straight season. Contributing to the Cougars two-day total of 692 were Everett Cox, (22nd-82-87); Michael Corona, (25th-89-98); and Zach Barkhorn, (28th-90-92).
“As for our team, we were able to, for the third consecutive year, make it to the finals of 1A-2A. This was quite an accomplishment for our young team, starting a sophomore, 2 juniors and one senior,” Mull said. “We were positioned to possibly capture a runner-up finish, which would have been our highest placement in program history (3rd in 2015, and 4th in 2016), but couldn’t close it in the final. Still another terrific effort by the players and a fourth place finish out of 11 team qualifiers is a tribute to the work this team put in this season.”
Marriotts Ridge won with 625, while Kent Island (685) and Middletown (687) were second and third, respectively.
Patterson Mill junior Michael Montgomery finished in a tie for 14th place. Montgomery opened with a 78 on Tuesday and shot 83 on Wednesday for a two-round total of 161.
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