Patterson Mill’s Paula Moon and Fallston’s William Creery won District VII golf championships Wednesday at Mountain Branch Golf Course in Joppa.
Both juniors and repeat champions, Moon shot 80 to lead the girls and Creery shot 76 to pace the boys on the par 72 course.
Both qualified for the Maryland State Tournament scheduled for Oct. 22-24 at the University of Maryland Golf Course in College Park.
A handful of others also qualified for the state event by shooting scores at or below the boys qualifying score of 83. They are Mitchell Walz of Patterson Mill, 80; Josh Stocum of Bel Air, 82; Will Smethurst of Bo Manor, 82; and Zach Barkhorn of Fallston, 83.
Walz’s 80 served as runner-up among the boys. Sophia Fellner and Marin Moore, both of Fallston, each shot 102, to share runner-up honors for the girls.
Tuesday’s play was a continuation of play that started September 25 until heavy rains made the course unplayable.
Creery started the day with a bogey putt to finish up the 12th hole. He made the putt to move to four-over-par and that’s where he stayed, parring his last six holes.
“After what happened on the rainy day we talked with coach [Steve Mull] and we talked as a team,” Creery said. “We took some practice rounds, get a rhythm of it. We wanted to come out here and just shoot even.”
Moon, also playing the 12th hole in a group behind Creery, entered the day plus four. She added four more strokes to her round to close at 80, 20 plus strokes better than the next female finishers. “It’s just great, I just love it, it makes me more confident in my golf skill even through I should have played a little better today, but 80 is still good,” Moon said. “My putting was terrible, My putt just didn’t go into the hole at all and my irons were not having it today.”
Moon and Walz, who also shot the score of 80, led Patterson Mill to the best score (334) among Class 1A-2A schools and a team berth into the state tourney. Michael Montgomery (85) and Tyler Jessup (89) also contributed to the Huskies team win. This also crowns Patterson Mill as UCBAC champions.
Bel Air also qualified as a team by shooting the best team score (373) among the 3A-4A schools. Stocum led the way with his 82. “It feels great, it kind of got a little scary on 17, I missed a three-footer for bogey and then I went left on 18, but I got it done,” Stocum said. “I’m happy, I’m happy I got 82.”
Joining Stocum on the Bel Air team were Jared Clelland (91); Sam Kim (97) and Noah Persing (103).
At Exton Golf Course on Tuesday, Patterson Mill shot 202 to beat Bel Air (220) and North Harford (227). Edgewood also competed with just two players for a total of 112.
Playing for the Huskies were Moon, 37; Sam Sapp, 39; Jessup, 42; Walz, 42; and John Harrison, 42.