Bel Air's Hottman, Loiodice tie for 10th in state golf tourney

Bel Air High golfers Matt Hottman and Nick Loiodice have been finishing near each other all this season, and Wednesday's MPSSAA Golf Championships was no exception.

The two teammates wrapped up the two-day competition at the University of Maryland Golf Course in College Park with matching 36-hole scores of 149 to finish tied for 10th place overall.

Three other golfers ended the tournament at 149, making for a five-way deadlock at the 10th position.

Bennett Buch of Marriotts Ridge took the individual state title, finishing three strokes under par at 138.

The Wootton squad won the 4A/3A team crown with a combined score of 603, while Marriotts Ridge won the 1A/2A title with a team score of 611. Bel Air, the only Harford team that qualified for the final, finished out of the top three in 3A/4A.

In Monday's opening-round qualifier, Hottman and Loiodice both carded six-over par 77's to earn a berth in Wednesday's final. The championship's final round saw the two Bel Air athletes come back to the clubhouse with 18-hole scores of 72, just one stroke over par.

The pair led the Bobcats golf team to an undefeated regular season, a Harford County Championship, and a District VII 3A/4A title. At the district finals, Hottman took the overall title with a 73 at Ruggles in Aberdeen, while Loiodice took the second individual spot, finishing just one stroke behind his teammate. The county championships at Geneva Farm saw Hottman earn the top spot with a round of 72, and Loiodice took third with a 76.

C. Milton Wright's Quentin Cummings finished the tournament with a two-day score of 156, having shot a seven-over 78 in both the qualifying and final rounds. Cummings was the second-place finisher at the Harford County finals, splitting Hottman and Loiodice with a round of 74.

Harford Tech's Noah Davis, the lone 1A/2A golfer from Harford County to qualify for the state final, shot a 77 on Wednesday, and an 83 in the opening round Tuesday, to wrap up at 160 strokes.

Ricky Scheeler of CMW carded a 36-hole score of 165, having shot an 82 on day one, and an 83 in the final round.

Bel Air's Bill Dearth shot an 83 in the qualifying round and an 84 on day two for a final score of 167.

Sam Foss of Bel Air carded rounds of 87 and 88 to complete the tournament at 175 strokes.

1A/2A semifinal round

Harford Tech's Davis was the lone local golfer to come out of Tuesday's 1A/2A state semifinal in College Park with a berth in Wednesday's title round.

Davis shot 83, 12 strokes over par Tuesday, 17 strokes off the pace set by Pikesville's Matt Orshine, who carded a 66 to lead the semifinal field.

The Patterson Mill squad, which qualified as a team for Tuesday's semifinal round, shot a collective 385, and did not make the cut for Wednesday's title round. Eric Langrehr led the Huskies with an 87, while Matt Elliott and Matt Dietrich carded a 92 and 93, respectively. Patterson Mill's Jacob Buher shot a 113.

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