Bel Air's Loiodice, Newton advance to state golf finals

Harford's small golf contingent of eight that ventured to College Park Monday, was reduced to two after the state's Class 3A-4A golfers played their semifinal round at the University of Maryland Golf Course.

Bel Air senior Nick Loiodice and junior Tyler Newton both scored well enough to advance to Wednesday's final round. Class 1A-2A golfers were to play Tuesday, but Harford did not have any representation in that event.

In Monday's play, Loiodice shot 79 on the par 71 course, six strokes off the best round shot by a male on Monday. Justin Feldman of Wootton and Steven Segrist of Glenelg each shot 73 to lead the male tournament. Bryana Nguyen of Atholton, the defending female state champion, turned in the day's best round, shooting 66.

Newton finished his round at 81, also making the cut for the finals. Loiodice and Newton will be back at Maryland today for the 9 a.m. start.

Two other Bobcats, Cody Smith and Sam Tepelides, shot 91 and 94 respectively, to miss the cut. The score of 87 was the cutoff. Bel Air's team score of 345 was also not low enough for the Bobcats to advance as a team. The last teams in shot 334.

Four other golfers from Harford also played Monday, but failed to move on. Aberdeen was represented by Mitchell Hardin, 91, and Emily Byers, 106, while North Harford was represented by Morgan Wirtz, 91, and Sam Van Valkenburg, 94.

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