2012 boys: 9-2; 2012 girls: 10-1
Top boys: Senior Michael Dorsch; sophomore Bennett Buch; freshmen Jackson Courtney, Nick Mejia and John Szymanski.
Top girls: Seniors Ariel Biegel, Marissa Davey and Rachel Lee; freshman Lauren Kim.
What you need to know: Considering the amount of talent and success at the state level that the Mustangs have had over the years, it’s rather amazing that the boys program has still yet to win a county title. That drought very well could end this season thanks to a young roster that is brimming with talent. Buch is one of the county and state’s top players, having added a Maryland Junior Amateur title to his resume over the summer. With him and Dorsch returning after playing big roles in last year’s state team title, along with the addition of immediate impacts from Courtney, Mejia and Szymanski, Marriotts Ridge has five guys capable of averaging in the 20s.
Aspirations are incredibly high for the girls team as well. The squad brings back its top three players, all seniors that are three-year starters, and have added an elite player in Kim. As an incoming freshman, she already finds herself ranked among the top 300 golfers in the country by the Polo Junior Golf Rankings. The potential is there for this group to break the regular-season girls team record for points in a match (82), which was set by Marriotts Ridge’s squad in 2010.
2012 boys: 5-6; 2012 girls: 7-3-1
Tops boys: Senior Zach Stevens; junior Patrick Hardy; sophomore Jack Montgomery.
Top girls: Senior Hayley Baker; sophomore Josephine Jung.
What you need to know: The Vikings’ boys were hit hard by graduation, losing three starters that averaged over 16 points a match in 2012. The lone holdover from the top four is Hardy, who posted an average of 17.3 over six rounds during the regular season. Coach Don Walters is counting on continued improvement from his back end in order to maintain a spot among the county’s middle tier.
For the girls, expectations are high. Bringing back all-county golfers in Baker and Jung certainly provides a nice little one-two punch. Baker was sixth in the county in scoring average (15.3) as a junior and is “striking the ball really well,” according to Walters. Jung also appears poised to make a positive jump after averaging 11.4 as a freshman. Walters says a top three finish is the goal.
2012 boys: 1-10; 2012 girls: 3-8
Top boys: Senior Jackson Bailey; sophomore Colin Steplowski.
Top girl: Senior Samyra Lewis.
What you need to know: The Scorpions are once again hurting in the numbers department. The boys have just four guys out, with Bailey serving as the team leader. He is a four-year player that has the potential to score in the mid-teens on a regular basis, having averaged 14 points a match last fall. Steplowski is also a returner.
The girls team has just one player on the roster, but Lewis is as good as they come. She has finished in the top 10 at the state meet in back-to-back seasons and has the ability to outscore several county girls teams by herself on a good day. She never scored fewer than 19 points in any regular season match last season.
2012 boys: 5-6; 2012 girls: 5-6
Top boys: Seniors Matt Dorn and Trent Teodori; junior Brandon Yang; sophomore Daniel Kim.