By the time he had played 12 of 18 holes at Tuesday’s Frederick County Public Schools Golf Championship, Urbana’s Michael Snyder was already cruising toward the individual title.
The Hawks’ sophomore had birdied seven of 12 holes, which set him up for a winning 4-under-par 68 round at Clustered Spires Golf Course.
“I was hitting the ball pretty well,” Snyder said. “I think I only missed two or three fairways off the tee, which is pretty good.”
Snyder scored a two-shot victory over teammate Jacob Ferrari (70).
Urbana’s Anphi Le won the county girls individual title with a 73 (tied for fourth overall). Oakdale’s Elizabeth Tucci finished second in the girls division (75). Linganore’s Payton Smith was third (84).
As a team, the defending Class 4A-3A state-champion Hawks breezed to a 10th FCPS crown in 11 years, outscoring runner-up Oakdale 284-307.
With Snyder, Ferrari and Le leading the way, Urbana posted scores no lower than 74. William Coffey also shot 73. Bach Ngo carded a 74.
“This group never ceases to amaze me,” Urbana coach Frank Ferrari said. “On any given day, any one of them can step up to post a low score for the match. With our highest score today being a 74, that’s pretty impressive.”
Snyder’s round on Tuesday began with a chip-in birdie on No. 18, his starting hole for the tournament. From there, Snyder birdied 2, then sank back-to-back birdie putts on 5 and 6. He strung together another pair of birdies on 10 and 11.
Snyder got a little anxious after that, thinking too far ahead of the remaining match.
Knowing he was already 7-under par, holding a comfortable lead, Snyder changed his strategy a bit. He tried playing it too safe on No. 12, pulling his tee shot to the left.
Snyder’s second shot, an 8-iron selection, from 153-yards out, overshot the green by about 30 feet, forcing a chip back toward the green.
“I tried to be aggressive from behind the green,” he said. “I tried to flop my shot over the bunker.”
Instead, Snyder’s recovery shot landed in the bunker. He chipped out, but three-putted for double-bogey.
Snyder followed that up with a three-putt on No. 13, but he parred the final four holes, finishing on 17.
“I was thinking of a [final score] in my head around No. 12,” Snyder said. “That was probably not the right thing to do.”
While Snyder was a little disappointed in himself for his mistakes on 12 and 13, which might have afforded him a lower score, he was pleased with his overall round.
“It was still a good day,” he said.
Le has been enjoying perhaps the best golfing of her young career, having scored two holes-in-one earlier this year. She had birdies on Nos. 2, 5, 8 and 10 on Tuesday. She bogeyed Nos. 1, 7, 12, then double-bogeyed on 15 before finishing out with three straight pars.
Le said she felt pretty comfortable with her round. While she’s settling into her high school schedule, she’s also keeping up a fairly active schedule on the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour circuit. Le is ranked 16th in the Prep Middle Atlantic Division.
“I’ll be in another Peggy Kirk Bell tournament in two weeks,” Le said. “Looking forward to that.”
Dell Grieser led Oakdale with a 72, finishing four shots back in third. The Bears’ Chris Lee tied with Coffey and Le for fourth (73).
Linganore finished third (321), led by Vince Booth, Matthew Chesebrough and Ethan Crabb (80). Middletown got fourth (353), led by Joe Montgomery (82).
Walkersville finished fifth as a team (362). Jacob Montgomery shot an 82 for the Lions. Frederick was sixth (384). Sam Draper shot an 88 for the Cadets. Tuscarora was seventh (389). The Titans’ Austin Hurley shot an 88.
Thomas Johnson, led by Quinten Norberg’s 86, was eighth (390). Catoctin was ninth (400). Asher Clingerman shot a 101 for the Cougars. Brunswick was 10th (422). Hank Adams shot a 106 for the Railroaders.