QUEENSTOWN — Harrison Smith wasn’t happy with the round he shot, but it was still the best of the pack at Wednesday’s Bayside Conference golf championship.
Smith’s 82 led all comers, helping power Kent Island High to its second straight conference title, 352-382, over South champion Stephen Decatur at Queenstown Harbor Golf, on the River course.
“I could’ve shot better, especially my tee shots,” Smith said. “I’ve not been hitting it well off the tee lately.”
Smith, Kent Island’s No. 1 player, and first-foursome partner Holden Cha led Decatur’s Brady Leonard and Abby Wesche, in combined score from No. 3 through to the finish. But at the turn, Leonard was having the best round of all eight participants, carding a 40.
Smith shot a 42 on the front nine. On the back nine, Smith picked up the intensity; his birdie on 16 paced a back-nine on which he shot a match-best 40.
Kent Island No. 3 Evan Tengwall, and four-man Justin Seward, fell behind Decatur’s Blake Marshall and Katelyn Davis by a stroke on the first hole, but got it back on the next. Two strokes ahead of the Seahawk duo after four holes, their combined lead more than tripled on No. 5, when Davis carded a double-par score of 10, and Marshall shot an 8; Tengwall had a 6 on the 518-yard par-5, while Seward put up a seven.
“I think, today, we were a little overwhelmed by the golf course,” Decatur second-year head coach Dan Stearman said. “We hadn’t ever played it, which is really not an excuse, because we didn’t play our best. But, hats off to Kent Island; they played tremendous golf all day.”
“We’ve been consistent all year; that’s been a big part of it for us,” Bucs head coach Ashen Anania said. “That continued today for us. We played consistently, and we didn’t let things on one hole affect us on the next.”
When it was all said and done, Smith and Cha had posted an 82 and 89 respectively, while Leonard scored an 87, and Wesche a 103. This gave the Buccaneers a 19-stroke advantage in the first foursome, at 171-190.
Tengwall and Seward both played bogey golf or better on the back nine, Tengwall putting a 43 up just like on the front, and Seward recording a 45, for respective totals of 86 and 95.
Marshall finished with a 93, Davis a 99.
Notes: The teams play in the District VIII tournament, a state qualifying event, Tuesday at River Marsh Golf Course in Cambridge at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay. ... Anania is the head pro at Prospect Bay Golf Course, located about 10 minutes from Queenstown Harbor, in Grasonville. ... The win was the third conference golf crown in five seasons for the Buccaneers, who won it in 2015, lost to Decatur in 2016 and 2017, and won again last year by a single stroke, 350-351. The 2016 and 2018 matches taking place at Glen Riddle Golf Club in Berlin, the odd-numbered-year matches at Queenstown.