Six Harford golfers qualify for 3A/4A state tourney final round

Six Harford County golfers proved their mettle at the College Park course on Monday in the Class 3A/4A semifinal round, shooting 88 or lower to qualify for Wednesday's state championships.

The best local finishers were Bel Air's Matt Hottman and teammate Nick Loiodice, who both finished with 18-hole scores of 77, six strokes over par, and eight strokes behind Walt Whitman's Andrew Barth, who led the field with a round of 69.

C. Milton Wright's Quentin Cummings wrapped up Monday's round at the University of Maryland with a 78, seven strokes over par and just one behind the Bel Air twosome.

Ricky Scheeler of CMW also qualified for Wednesday's state finals, shooting an 11-over par 82.

Bel Air's Bill Dearth earned a berth in the championships by shooting a 12-over par 83, the only golfer to post that score at Monday's competition.

The last Harford County qualifier at Monday's 3A/4A semifinals was Bel Air's Sam Foss, who notched an 87, 16 strokes over par, and one stroke ahead of the last qualifiers.

Hottman, Loiodice, Dearth and Foss combined to shoot a score of 324, which earned the Bobcats, who finished their regular season without a loss, the last team berth in Wednesday's championship round.

The Bobcats took eighth place, three strokes behind seventh-place Stephen Decatur. The Wooton squad from Montgomery County took top honors in the team competition, shooting a 306.

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