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Bel Air golfers find tough play at state golf tourney

Bel Air's Josh Stocum watches a drive sail down a fairway during the 3A/4A MPSSA Golf Championship semi-finals held at the University of Maryland Monday in College Park.
Bel Air's Josh Stocum watches a drive sail down a fairway during the 3A/4A MPSSA Golf Championship semi-finals held at the University of Maryland Monday in College Park. (Doug Kapustin / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Monday’s opening round of the Maryland State Golf Tournament in College Park was a tough one for the Bel Air Bobcats team.

The foursome of Josh Stocum, Sam Kim,. Noah Persing and Jared Clelland combined to shoot 380, the 16th best score among 17 Class 3A-4A teams competing at the University of Maryland Golf Course.

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“We had a frost delay, so we didn’t get started until 10:15 a.m. Gorgeous sunny, crisp fall day, but breezy at times. Pace of play was slow and the conditions were tough,” Bobcats coach Ryan Doyle said. “Greens were hard and fast, couldn’t get much to stick or stay on them. Balls were difficult to find if they got off the fairway, and this often affected pace of play.”

The Bobcats scoring was Stocum, 87; Kim, 94; Noah Persing, 95; and Clelland, 104. No Bel Air player made the cut to advance to Wednesday’s final round.

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“There’s always strong competition at the state level and Bel Air represented 3A-4A District 7 as best we could,” Doyle said. “We had a good season and I’m proud of this group for helping the program bounce back after a few down years.”

Class 1A-2A

A Patterson Mill foursome and two Fallston players were to compete today (Tuesday) in the 1A-2A tourney.

The Huskies team consisted of Paula Moon, Michael Montgomery, Mitchell Walz and Tyler Jessup.

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The Fallston players are William Creery and Zach Barkhorn.

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