Varsity loses State title in four-hole playoff: Photo of the Day 11/6/19


courtesy of Vince Booth

Senior Vince Booth practices hitting moments before start of the Maryland State Golf Tournament

by Dane Shaw, Reporter

On October 29, Vince Booth, Payton Smith, Austin May, and Ethan Crabb went to the University of Maryland-College Park Golf Course to compete in the Maryland 2A/1A State Tournament.

The tournament was a two-day ordeal, finalizing on Monday November 4.

After day one of the tournament the team was tied for first with La Plata High School with a score of 323.

“After the first day of the tournament, the team and I felt really good to be tied for first place, and it also felt good to have a 14 stroke lead on our rival Oakdale,” said sophomore Austin May who posted an 82 that day.

Senior Vince Booth, who scored an 81 on the first day, knew he had to improve if he wanted to help his team win a state championship.  Although 81 is a low score, he wanted to hit in the 70’s.

“After the first day I was not too happy with my performance, and knew I needed to improve but I was really proud of my team for being tied for first,” says Vince.

Linganore was tied with Oakdale with a score of 659 at the end of the tournament. Unfortunately, it came down to the wire, and, after four playoff holes, Oakdale won and Linganore finished as a runner up.

For the seniors on the team, this was their last opportunity to win a state championship.

“After the match I was very upset and frustrated. To make it that far and work so hard to come up that short really was upsetting. It is sad to go out that way but the team and myself fought as hard as we could all season,” Vince said.

Despite the loss, Austin still was very optimistic and very happy to have been part of the team this year.

“It stings to lose after four playoff holes to Oakdale, but I am still very proud of how the team and I played all season to even get to States. It was all of our goals to make States this year and to be so close to winning is surreal. I am very happy I got to play with my team this year and accomplish our main goal as a team. It would of been even better with a win but for me there is always next year and I can not wait to go back,” Austin May said.