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Moon, Creery add county golf titles in prep for state tourney

Randy McRoberts

For the second time in a week, juniors Paula Moon of Patterson Mill and William Creery of Fallston, won golf titles in tournament play.

Moon was crowned female champion and Creery, male champ, at Tuesday’s Harford County Golf Championship contested over 18 holes at Geneva Farm Golf Course in Street.

Moon shot a round of 85, out-distancing a pair of runner-ups by 12 strokes. Nicole Butterworth of C. Milton Wright and Marin Moore of Fallston each shot 97 to share second place.

“It was pretty brutal, it was really cold, I was so cold and I just played so bad,” said champion Moon. “It was like my putting just wasn’t happening and I would get on greens in regulation and then I would 3-putt.”

Moon will now focus on the Maryland State Tournament scheduled for next week in College Park. This finish could be a boost. “It gives me a lot more confidence in my game that I can win something like this and I think next week it will definitely help me in my future,” Moon said.

Rounding out the top five female players, Ellie Wright of Patterson Mill shot 99 and Sophia Fellner of Fallston shot 105.

For Creery, his win was much closer. Creery shot a four-over-par round of 76, while Patterson Mill’s Mike Montgomery and North Harford’s Wyatt Biensach each shot 77.

“Number nine, it was easy. I had a birdie putt from like 10-15 feet and left it a little short,” Biensach said of where he lost a stroke. “I only had about a three-footer back and ended up two-putting after that. That would have given me two more back, that would have gave me a 75.”

Biensach got off to a good start, making birdies over three straight holes.

Montgomery, who didn’t have his best game at last week’s District Tournament conclusion, was more pleased Tuesday. “I played solid all day, I definitely played a lot better than I have been playing,” Montgomery said. “I turned it around a little, I was having a rough season. It was a good way to close it out, unfortunately I didn’t get the win, [but it was] a good round.”

Michael Cummings of CMW was fourth with an 81, while Noah Persing of Bel Air and Mitchell Walz of Patterson Mill each shot 83 to round out the top five males.

Anchored by Moon and Montgomery, Patterson Mill followed up its District VII team title with a Harford County team title as well. The Huskies shot 508 to easily beat runner-up Fallston’s 525. Bel Air was third with 546.

“I’m really proud of the team, everybody’s played really well this year,” Montgomery said. “A lot of people have stepped up. Even myself not really playing well, I’ve had everybody behind me do really well, so I’m proud of this squad and I think we deserve it.”

Rounding out the team scores were North Harford, 558; CMW, 567; Aberdeen, 602; and Harford Tech, 645.

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