An eagle on his final hole gave Bel Air senior Nick Loiodice the Harford County Boys Golf Title Tuesday at Geneva Farm Golf Course and the Bobcats won the team title, concluding a second straight unbeaten season.
Loiodice shot a two-over par round of 74 to edge teammate and District 7 champion Tyler Newton, who shot 75. Loiodice also won the county title in his sophomore year and was runner-up as a freshman.
The girls title was won for a third time by North Harford senior Morgan Wirtz. She shot 85.
The final hole dramatics for Loiodice, coincidentally, came on the same hole that likely cost Newton his first county crown. The par 5, 16th hole.
"Tyler played behind me and I knew that he was three over finishing the hole and I was four over going in and I needed a birdie," Loiodice said, referencing his approach to his final hole. Off the tee, Loiodice found the left rough. "I was in the left rough and I hit a five wood to about six feet and sank the putt for an eagle to take a one-shot victory." The putt was downhill, breaking two feet, left to right, according to Loiodice. "It was probably the worst spot to leave the putt," Loiodice said. "It's a good way to go out as a senior."
For what was Loiodice's final hole, it was Newton's first. "It's like the easiest hole on the course probably," Newton said of the 493-yard hole. Unfortunately for Newton, it proved to be the most difficult.
Newton carded a triple bogey 8 and then played par golf the remaining 17 holes. "I was just behind like four trees," Newton said. "My tee shot went way right and I was behind a tree and then behind another tree and behind another tree and then I three putted."
Asked if he usually has a bad first hole, Newton said: "Not really, but I think I normally play better if I get the bad holes out first. Sometimes when I'm playing a good round, then I have a bad hole and that ruins me."
Bel Air teammate Cody Smith added a round of 79 for a third place finish and helped the Bobcats get a team score of 496. Eight players played and the top six scores were counted.
Other contributing Bel Air scorers were Kevin Morrissey, 86; Connor Small, 89; Sam Tepelides, 93; and Evan Ripple, 93.
Rounding out the top five boys were Tommy St. Clair, of Fallston, fourth with 80, while Aberdeen's Mitchell Hardin and Fallston's Connor Van Scyoc, both shot 81 to tie for fifth.
For Wirtz, her score of 85 was right in line with her previous title rounds of 84 and 89.
Wirtz pointed to the long game as her strength Tuesday
"I think my driver and my irons, they were definitely helping to get the distance covered," Wirtz said. "The fact that I can hit the driver and end up 100 yards out. That's what I did the majority of the day, excluding par 5s."
Wirtz' round consisted of one double bogey and a birdie. The rest were pars and bogeys.
"I played with more of a consistency, not having a blow up hole, where you shoot 7-or-8," Wirtz said.
Sam Bennett, of Bel Air, was the girls runner-up with 97. Rounding out the top five were Spencer Comitz, of Bel Air, 105; Elizabeth Caudill of Aberdeen, 106; Rachel Lozzi, of Bel Air, 112; and Emily Baker, of C. Milton Wright, 112.
Fallston took the runner-up spot in team standings with 511 and North Harford was third at 524. Rounding out the field were Patterson Mill, 561; CMW, 576; Edgewood, 609; Tech, 631; and Aberdeen, 652.
Joppatowne and Havre de Grace had golfers participate, but not enough to record a team score.