Wilde Lake's Tyler Silberberg picked the perfect time to put together the best round of his high school career.
At the boys county championship tournament Monday at the Timbers at Troy, Silberberg rolled his way to seven birdies, 59 points (5-under-par) and a spot in the record books. His total, four points better than his record-setting mark at last year's tournament, gave him an eight-stroke victory over Marriotts Ridge freshman Bennett Buch.
"It feels great to have something with my name on it … a record to leave behind," said Silberberg, a senior. "This is always a tournament that I have liked and a course that I've had success on in the past."
Silberberg's success Monday not only put himself in uncharted territory, but also spearheaded Wilde Lake to record heights in the team competition. The Wildecats finished with 199 points, breaking the previous mark of 192 set by Atholton in 2009, to outdistance Glenelg (179), Centennial (173) and Marriotts Ridge (170).
For a Wilde Lake squad that finished this fall undefeated at 11-0, the title provided a little validation.
"We felt like we had a little bit of pressure on ourselves to prove that we could win both," Wilde Lake coach Diane Caporaletti, whose squad won the regular season title in 2010 and the county tournament title in 2011.
"We had won each of them the past two years, but not together. So it's definitely nice to see the guys keep that momentum from the regular season going."
Wilde Lake had all four of its golfers finish in the top 12, with Rafey Iqbal (49 points), David Yancich (48) and Nick Matthews (43) backing up Silberberg's winning effort.
Young Lee and Steven Segrist, who tied for seventh place with 46 points, paced second-place Glenelg, while Centennial took third behind a third-place individual effort from Connor Flach (50 points).
Silberberg wasted little time getting his round started off on the right foot, making an easy par on No. 1 and a routine birdie on No. 2. Two holes later, after another birdie, he had staked himself to a quick two-shot lead.
From there it was just "fairways and greens," according to Silberberg. He went on to make five more birdies, offset by just two bogies, over his final 14 holes.
"It was just a really good ball-striking day. I was hitting all my approaches really close … almost all my birdies were within five or six feet," said Silberberg, who missed only three greens in regulation.
Marriotts Ridge's Buch, playing a couple groups behind Silberberg, did his best to keep the pressure on. After a steady start, the Mustang freshman made back-to-back birdies on Nos. 8 and 9 to get to one-under-par.
"I wasn't necessarily hitting it well, but I ended up in some spots on the greens where the putts were makeable … kind of long, but not too much break," Buch said.
Any chances Buch had at the title slipped away, though, at the beginning of the back nine. He made two bogies and a double bogey over a four-hole stretch.
But on a day where a lot of the top golfers struggled, Buch's ability to regroup and finish strong helped him take second place.
"I felt like, other than Tyler, the scoring wasn't going to be too low," Buch said. "I just had to manage it, make some pars to stop the bleeding."
In the overall team competition, Wilde Lake's depth overwhelmed the 12-team field. The Wildecats had each of their four golfers make at least two birdies over the course of 18 holes and their combined total of 16 birdies was double that of the next best team.
With the district tournament coming up on Friday, Oct. 12, Caporaletti says the goal now is getting the program its first trip to states as a team.
"Top to bottom, all four guys are putting up great numbers and that's very helpful," Caporaletti said. "No one feels like they have to go out and shoot a career day to make up for someone else. Everyone knows each person is going to do their part, which is what you need this time of year."
County Championship Tournament
Oct. 8, 2012 (Timbers at Troy)
Boys team scores: 1. Wilde Lake, 199 points; 2. Glenelg, 179; 3. Centennial, 173; 4. Marriotts Ridge, 170; 5. Howard, 135; 6. River Hill, 127; 7. Mt. Hebron, 125; 8. Atholton, 122; 9. Reservoir, 84; 10. Long Reach, 61; 11. Hammond, 41; 12. Oakland Mills, 10.
Boys individuals: 1. Tyler Silberberg, WL, 59 points; 2. Bennett Buch, MR, 51; 3. Connor Flach, C, 50; 4. Rafey Iqbal, WL, 49; 5. Joe Dorsch, MR, 48; 5. David Yancich, WL, 48; 7. Steven Segrist, G, 46; 7. Young Lee, G, 46; 9. Adam Leake, G, 45; 10. Matt McShane, C, 44; 10. Mike Humphrey, C, 44.
12. Michael Dorsch, MR, 43; 12. Nick Matthews, WL, 43; 12. Brett Gold, RH, 43; 15. Matt Forester, G, 42; 16. Chris Robinson, A, 37; 16. Sean Crawford, Ho, 37; 16. David Marino, MH, 37; 19. Sahil Mehta, C, 35; 19. Gene Yoo, MH, 35; 19. Garrett Wallace, A, 35.
22. Jeremy McFarlane, RH, 34; 23. Kevin Reid, Ho, 33; 23. Steven Park, Ho, 33; 25. Sean Higgins, Ho, 32; 26. Josh Lewis, A, 31; 27. Patrick Hardy, MH, 30; 27. Dylan Robson, RH, 30; 29. Mike Walker, MR, 28; 30. Trent Teodori, Re, 26.
31. Austin Kopnitsky, Ha, 24; 32. James Shearman, MH, 23; 33. Gary Cidre, Re, 22; 34. Josh Bowley, Re, 21; 35. Trevor Appler, LR, 20; 35. Niran Lakhanpal, RH, 20; 37. Steven Wolf, A, 19; 37. Will Bartolotta, LR, 19; 39. Matt Dorn, Re, 15; 40. Joe Grabowski, LR, 12.