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  • The Severna Park golf team were four strokes better than South River on October 4, claiming the county championship with a score of 321 at Crofton Country Club.
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    The Severna Park golf team were four strokes better than South River on October 4, claiming the county championship with a score of 321 at Crofton Country Club.

Severna Park Golfers Win County Championship

Colin Murphy
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October 30, 2017

The Severna Park golf team capped a season of successes this fall with a championship at the Anne Arundel County championship match at Crofton Country Club on October 4.

The Falcons used strong scores from Addison Wells (75), Matt Verni, (79), Matt Snowden (82) and Grace Appel (85) to total a score of 321 and defeat South River (325), Broadneck (345) and Chesapeake (365) for the team title.

A year after splitting the team title with Broadneck, the Falcons took sole possession of this year’s crown.

“I knew it was going to be close with South River all day, and it was amazing how the kids went out there and played,” said head coach Pete Buck. “Grace had her best round of her life, which clinched it. Addison finished second overall. Matt Verni came in big, and Matt Snowden was rock solid as he always is. I couldn’t be prouder of a great team effort.”

Chesapeake’s Jack Snyder was the individual champ on the boys side with a 1-over 73, with Wells (75) taking second and South River’s Joe Gaulin, last year’s champion, placing third with a 76. Appel placed second in the individual race for the girls title, two strokes behind winner Manca Teran of South River.

The Falcons, who won the regular-season county championship with a 24-6 overall record competing in the county’s A Division with Broadneck, South River and Arundel, achieved a primary goal of the season in winning the county title. Buck said the team worked toward the goal and made steady improvements as the season progressed.

“It’s learning from their mistakes,” said Buck, as what was key to the Falcons’ progress. “You have a bad hole, they’ve learned to let it go and focus on the next one, which has been great. Just managing a course, from the fairway looking at the green, where’s my shot, where are the good shots and the bad shots, where can I leave it to set up my next shot — they’ve all gotten a lot better.”

South River improved its scores significantly a week later, winning the District V championship match with a team score of 313, besting Marriotts Ridge (328) and Howard (330) and producing the individual District champion in Jake Patrick, who shot a 76. Broadneck finished fifth with a 339, and Severna Park placed sixth with a 340. Luke Schwartz led the Bruins with a 77, and Wells led the Falcons with a 79.

Wells was the only Falcon to advance to the two-day state tournament at University of Maryland during the final week of October. Wells posted rounds of 78 and 82 for a two-round score of 160 to finish tied for 21st in the state.

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