After a handful of near misses this fall, River Hill senior Derek Gold checked one of the major milestones off his bucket list on Wednesday afternoon.
Gold fired a round of 28 points (1-under par) at Hobbit’s Glen, breaking the River Hill single-round scoring record, helping lead the Hawks to a total of 91 points, and securing a tri-match sweep of Centennial and Long Reach.
Gold said that after multiple occasions this fall of tying the record, which was also previously held by his brother Brett at 27 points, it was an extra special moment when his final putt dropped to set the new mark.
“It feels good to finally get the record, especially since I had been so close so many times and just couldn’t finish it,” Gold said. “But this is probably the best overall round I’ve played all year.
“It feels good to finally get my name in front of by brothers in that record book.”
Gold’s record-breaking opportunities this fall prior to Wednesday had included a round where he double-bogeyed his final hole to miss the record by one and a missed five-footer on his final hole that left him at 27 points.
However, this time around, he finished things off.
The ironic part was, though, that his round started off a little slow. Going for the par 5 second hole at Hobbit’s Glen in two, he ended up making a bogey. As it turned out, that was his lone bad swing.
“I putted very well and I hit my drives very well today,” he said. “Just really hit one bad shot on No. 2 and that’s pretty much it.”
Gold went on to make birdies on the fourth and seventh holes to get himself under par. Then he made pars on his eighth and ninth holes to secure the program record.
On his final hole, after just missing the green with his approach, he hit a lag putt up to around three feet. Then he calmly sank the downhill putt.
While Gold stole the headlines, River Hill (9-1) as a team continued its strong play on the way to its ninth straight win after an opening-match loss to Marriotts Ridge.
Kevin Hickey (23 points), Josh Mann (21) and Jacob Burman (19) all had strong efforts.
Centennial, which finished with 76 points, was led by Greg Sterenberg’s 23 points and Long Reach, which finished with 30 points, was led by 12 points from Omar Hussain.
River Hill 91, Centennial 76, Long Reach 30
RH (9-1): Gold 28, Hickey 23, Mann 21, Burman 19.
C (): Sterenberg 23, Chaplain 21, Sanidas 19; Fukuzawa 13.
LR (): Hussain 12, Harmon 8, Lewis 6, Ramberg 4.