Usually, disappointed and encouraged don’t coincide, but after being embraced by a crowd of supporting friends, family and teammates, there were positives for Sorkin to take away.
“I’ve been practicing a lot these past couple weeks,” Sorkin said. “I think my ball striking was really good today. I’ve never played the course before so that probably took a toll on not knowing where to play the shots, but I thought I did pretty good.”
Despite cold and windy conditions over the course of two days, Sorkin finished with a two-day score of 148 (73-75) and tied Coffren for the low total.
After sinking his final putt Wednesday on No. 9, capping a round of 4-over, Sorkin had a feeling for what was in store — more playoff golf.
Sorkin and Coffren went shot-for-shot, replaying the same hole they had just completed.
He said he never really felt it, which spoke volumes to Westminster coach Robbie Vaughn.
“He doesn’t show a lot of emotion,” Vaughn said. “Bad shot, good shot, you wouldn’t really know it when you watch him. For him, he’s not worried about getting in trouble … he’s always looking to the next shot.”
“[Aaron] just plays consistent,” he added. “There’s no big numbers. He’ll throw in a birdie every once in a while, he might bogey every once in a while but he tires to par every hole.”
The Owls made the cut Monday in the semifinals (324) as one of six 4A-3A teams, and finished sixth at 657 after shooting 333 on Wednesday.
Cory Campbell (165), Nate Burnett (171), and Jennifer Sorkin (173) joined Aaron Sorkin in team scoring.
River Hill’s Kevin Hickey took the individual state championship after edging Fallston’s William Creery in a playoff (both shot 148).
“I was just nervous, that’s all it was,” Stankewicz said. “It was my last opportunity to win this tournament and I really wanted to. I just put too much pressure on myself.”
Stankewicz said he enjoyed the overall experience of having an overnight lead, and has seen himself evolve as a player over the past four years.
For the better.
“I’ve become more mature,” he said. “Watching me out there today I look like a completely different golfer than I did my freshman year, not from how I hit the ball but how I act when I hit a shot whether it’s good or bad.”
Winters Mill’s Brian Inglis and Emil Serafin tied for 11th for 2A-1A at 167. Century’s Liam Wolf was a scratch Wednesday and placed 25th.
Following his playoff loss, Sorkin said he now knows the lay of the land at Maryland, and his confidence is much improved from one year ago.
The performance is something he’ll look to carry over heading into his junior year, he said.
“Even after the round I still have momentum going into next spring and next summer’s tournaments,” Sorkin said. “I’m still going to practice every day. I still have that momentum carried from the round today.”