Jacob Ferrari didn’t know it at the time, but his club selection on his second shot at the par-5, 510-yard 15th hole was going to set him up to win Tuesday’s Frederick County Public Schools golf championship.
The Urbana junior took a hybrid 3-wood out of his golf bag for his second shot in the No. 15 fairway, about 210 yards away from the green. His approach shot landed close enough about a 15-foot eagle-3 putt.
“It was a good shot into the green,” Ferrari said.
Not long after finishing his round, a 3-under-par 69, Ferrari found out just how important his decision on 15 was.
Turns out the eagle putt factored into a 1-shot victory over Linganore’s Ryan McFadden to win the boys individual championship at Clustered Spires Golf Course. The Hawks’ Bach Ngo got third at 71.
“But I missed a lot of putts,” Ferrari said. “I didn’t know what was going on out the course, as far as other scores go. I just needed to concentrate on my game.”
Ferrari’s teammate, freshman Anphi Le, won the FCPS individual girls championship, shooting a 74 and tying for fifth overall.
The sweep of the two individual crowns highlighted Urbana’s repeat of its county team title. The Hawks defeated Oakdale 289-318 for their ninth county title in the past 10 years.
No Urbana golfer shot more than 75. Other scoring golfers for the Hawks included Elliott Haas at 74 and Michael Snyder (75).
“When your scoring golfers shoot in the 70s, you’re usually going to win,” Urbana coach Frank Ferrari said. “All five of our golfers shot in the 70s. That’s where our depth comes into play. Everyone on this team has been working to lower their scores.”
Aside from bogeys on Nos. 7, 11 and 16, Jacob Ferrari was playing steady golf. He parred the first six holes before suffering his first bogey on No. 7. Ferrari shook that off with an easy birdie putt on 8. He made the turn with an even-par 36.
Ferrari opened up his back nine play with a quick birdie on 10 but gave it back with a bogey on 11. He had to contend with putting struggles on 11, winding up with a bogey.
After pars on 12 and 13, Ferrari birdied 14, then came up with his big eagle hole on 15, where his hybrid 3-wood, a combination of a wood club head and a base similar to an iron, had a good feel to it on contact with the ball. His shot was straight and true to the green.
Le had two birdies as part of her championship round on Tuesday. Her birdie putts were on 10 and 14. Le said she had a chance at a third birdie on a downhill putt but missed.
McFadden, while coming up one shot short at the end, did his part to stay in contention.
He had birdies on 8, 10, 11 and 15 but bogeys on 5, 12 and 16 hampered his efforts to overtake Ferrari. Ngo, who was in the same foursome as McFadden, had a chance to tie him for second on 18, but his 15-foot uphill birdie putt came up just inches short.
“I had the right line to the hole, just not enough speed,” he said.
Middletown’s Nic Bradley finished fourth (73). Oakdale’s Chris Lee shot a 78. Thomas Johnson’s top golfer was Jacob Gibson (82). For Catoctin, Derek Wivell shot an 83.
Walkersville’s Jaxon Brust shot a 92. Brunswick’s Kody Capps and Frederick’s Sam Draper each shot a 93.
Middletown got third in the team standings (322), followed by Linganore (fourth, 327), Catoctin (fifth, 356), Thomas Johnson (sixth, 375), Walkersville (seventh, 386), Frederick (eighth, 408), Tuscarora (ninth, 413) and Brunswick (10th, 430).