Serafin fired a 3-over-par 74, followed by fellow junior Brian Inglis at 75. Ethan Wolbert, another junior, shot 79.
“I came out and just wanted to play,” said Serafin, who carded three birdies. “I wanted to play well. I just focused and stayed in every hole, the whole time. Whether it was a good hole or a bad hole, I just stayed in it and did everything the best I could do.”
Oakdale won the team title with a 314, led by sophomore Chris Lee’s 1-under 70.
South Carroll’s Ryan Stankewicz posted a 71 behind five birdies, and the senior said he battled an illness as well. Stankewicz said he made birdies on holes No. 1, 3, 6, 14, and 16.
“Pretty steady,” he said. “I’m excited [to qualify], Nick too.”
Stankewicz was referring to teammate Nick Amateau after the sophomore came in with a 78.
Century junior Liam Wolf finished third with a 72, and Liberty senior Gavin Greer was eighth with a 77. They joined Stankewicz and Amateau as Carroll’s individual boys state qualifiers, while Century junior Suzanna Martin earned a trip by shooting 91 on the girls side.
“Last year, just not being here, it sucked,” Serafin said. “Now that I was here and I played well … it just feels good.”
Winters Mill won the county tournament team crown in 2017 but not the overall county title, something the Falcons achieved the season before that. Inglis said the team has always possessed the ability to win championships, and a relaxed approach is key to success.
“This is kind of an expectation that we should make [states],” Inglis said. “We know we can.”
1. Chris Lee (Oakdale) 70, 2. Ryan Stankewicz (South Carroll) 71, 3. Liam Wolf (Century) 72, 4. Brandon Hill (S. Garrett) 74, 4. Emil Serafin (Winters Miill) 74, 6. Brian Inglis (Winters Mill) 75, 6. Joey Weiland (Middletown) 75, 8. Gavin Greer (Liberty) 77, 9. Jaxson Schultz (Boonsboro) 78, 9. Nick Amateau (South Carroll) 78.