It was just a few weeks ago that Harford County high school golfers played the District VII Tournament on a hot and sticky day at Geneva Farm Golf Club in Street.
On Tuesday, Harford’s teams were back at Geneva Farm with conditions much more pleasant. In fact, a little chilly at the 11 a.m. start, but a nice warm-up by the tourney’s completion.
All teams, except for Edgewood which has just one player, played eight players with the low six scores counting toward the team score.
One thing that didn’t change was the play of the C. Milton Wright team. The Mustangs, winners of that District title, won the county title as well, scoring 493.
The Mustangs players contributing to the winning score were Hunt Tenckhoff, 77; Connor Hunton, 79; Alex Mattes, 81; Talen Lurz, 85; Mitch Weaver, 85; and Michael Cummings, 86.
Fallston, which had won the event the past two seasons, was runner-up with 517, while North Harford was third with 525.
Rounding out the school scores were Aberdeen, 525; Patterson Mill, 535; Bel Air, 552; and Harford Tech, 590.
As for the individual play, Tech senior Loy Clements and North Harford junior Jake Nemeth shared the male championship, each shooting 75 over the par 72 course.
Aberdeen senior Audrey Moon was the top female, shooting 83.
“I played good today and my wedge play was good, I played solid,” Nemeth said. “No three putts today and I just want to say congrats to Loy as well.”
Clements, like Nemeth, had not won a county title before. “I just played my ball and up until the last two holes, I was very confident in my strokes and the last two holes just got to me,” Clements said. “Could of shot a little bit better, but I’m happy with score I got. My putting really excelled today. Lined up all my putts like I normally do and most of them were falling for me.”
Moon, who is playing with a lower back issue, says it was also her first county title. “I think this year was a good year and I’m honored to have the title this year,” Moon said. “Today, I think I was able to play my best, despite my injury. I really thought, it just went smoothly. I think toward the end I started getting my swing back again, but overall I thought it was good.”
Moon’s younger sister, Paula Moon, a junior at Patterson Mill and the District champ, was third in Tuesday’s tourney, shooting 92. “It was just, like, my short game and my long game. On the first hole I was doing okay, I bogeyed, and on the second hole, I double-parred that, Paula Moon said. “It was going right each time and then I had a mental breakdown for a couple of holes and then tried relaxing and it kind of worked and my putting was really bad. I’m really proud of my sister.”
North Harford senior Sarah Hendrickson was the runner-up, shooting 89.
Patterson Mill junior Michael Montgomery was the runner-up in the male standings. Montgomery shot 76. “I struck the ball pretty well, I would say my putting was kind of iffy,” Montgomery said. “I made some good putts, but the greens are a little bit difficult to read. It was a good round, but I really feel like I could have done better.”
Some of the other better scores were 77 shot by Aberdeen’s Ryan Feathers; 78 shot by William Creery of Fallston and 80 shot by Aberdeen’s Hunter Schiesser.
CMW will compete in the Class 3A-4A portion of the Maryland State Tournament on Monday at the University of Maryland Golf Course in College Park. Aberdeen’s Audrey Moon will also compete as an individual.
The 1A-2A tourney will take place Tuesday at the same golf course. Teams from Fallston, North Harford and Patterson Mill will compete as well as Tech’s Adam Haviland.
Play on both days begins at 9 a.m. with a ‘shotgun’ start. Players who qualify will advance to Wednesday’s final round.
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