Five Severna Park golfers qualified for and competed at the state championship tournament at the University of Maryland in late October and early November.
Severna Park's DA Regala, Liam Mahoney, Pete Regala, Ingrid Wells and Campbell Haney all represented the Falcons at states.
The Regala brothers played well enough on Day 1 of the tournament on October 30 to qualify for the final round on November 4. Pete Regala, a senior, shot 84-83 to finish 41st overall.
DA Regala shot 81-78, which would have been good enough for 32nd if not for an unusual situation that led to his disqualification but for which he was applauded for his integrity and honesty. At the conclusion of his final round, Regala noticed a scorekeeping error on the second hole, on which he shot a 4 but had incorrectly been given a 5. He advocated for the correction of that error, and separately the official scorer ended up mistakenly giving him a 5 for the final hole, which he had in fact double-bogeyed for a 7. Regala did not catch this latter error when signing his scorecard and only noticed it when the official scores were posted and he saw a 76 instead of 78, his actual score.
“He looked at me right away and said, ‘Coach, that’s not right. I’ve got to go tell them,’” said Severna Park golf coach Pete Buck. “I said, ‘You understand the consequences, right?’ He knew he’d get DQ’d. He would have finished 32nd, but I was more proud of him for doing that.”
Lesson learned and a nonetheless bright future for Regala, a freshman. He was one of only four freshmen to qualify for the second day of the state tournament.
Photos courtesy of SPHS Athletics