For the second straight year, Fallston’s William Creery had to settle for a runner-up finish at the Maryland State Golf Championships.
Creery, who entered Wednesday’s final day two strokes back, ended his day tied with River Hill’s Kevin Hickey, which resulted in a playoff at the University of Maryland Golf Course in College Park.
Creery, who shot 74 in both rounds, finished with a two-day total of 148. Hickey shot 75 and 73, respectively, to post 148 as well.
In the playoff, both golfers parred the first extra hole, the par five ninth hole. Both bogeyed the par four, 10th hole, before Hockey claimed victory on the par three 11th hole.
Hickey made par to win the Class 1A-2A state tile.
Creery forced the playoff by making birdie on his last hole.
“It was a fun round of golf and I enjoyed it the entire time,” Creery said. “I didn’t really know exactly where we were in relation to the lead at the end there, but I knew coming down the last that I definitely needed a birdie. So to make that putt, the one that I guess forced the playoff, that was huge.”
It was South Carroll’s Ryan Stankewicz who led after Tuesday’s first round. He shot 72, but ballooned to an 81 in Wednesday’s round to finish third at 153.
“Will played extremely well considering the conditions yesterday. It was cold, windy and greens were extremely quick,” Cougars coach Steve Mull said. “It appeared that scores overall were up from the previous day, so the fact that he shot the same score as yesterday was outstanding. Our program is proud of Will's achievement throughout the season and particularly in the state tournament.”
Three Patterson Mill golfers also played in Wednesday’s final round.
Paula Moon shot 90 for a two-day total of 174 and a fourth-place state finish.
Michael Montgomery shot 89 on Wednesday and tied for 17th with a 171 total. Mitchell Walz shot 95 on Wednesday and placed 23rd with a 180 total.
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