This time, the Hubs will compete in Class 3A/4A after capturing one of three spots on Monday in the District 1 tournament at Black Rock Golf Course.
North recorded a team stroke total of 313 while Urbana (300) and Westminster (325) also qualified for the first round of the state tournament, slated for Oct. 22 at the University of Maryland course in College Park.
“We reached our goal of qualifying, but now we need to go out and cut at least 10 strokes off today’s total,” said North coach Joel Rice. “We made it to fight another day.”
Coming up with his best round of golf, senior Nate Parchment was the low scorer for the Hubs, posting a 4-over-par 76 that included an eagle and three birdies.
Senior Aaron Staley, who will be making his fourth appearance at states, carded a 77, junior Drew Miguel had a 79 and senior Chad Shindle shot an 81. Those four will comprise the Hubs’ state unit.
Parchment, who had a 35-41, started on 18 in the shotgun format and promptly posted a double bogey. But moving to No. 1, a 470-yard par 5, he made up for the opening miscue with his eagle.
“I hit a 4-iron to about 20 feet from the pin and made the putt and that got me back into the game quickly,” said Parchment, who also had birdies on 6, 14 and 17.
“I wouldn’t have forecasted I would have had this kind of round today,” said Parchment. “I tried to work on the mental part of the game with distance, hit fairways.”
“I’m happy for Nate,” said Rice. “Any one of the top four can put it together.”
Staley started on No. 1 and posted a 39-38, rather ho-hum by his standards.
“Nothing outstanding,” lamented Staley, asking himself ‘When was the last time I played without a birdie?’
“I’ll just build on today to win the county (on Thursday),” said Staley. “I’ve played good all year, maybe today I was too aggressive. The wind hurt at times and you got some awful lies in the fairway.”
Miguel will get to compete in his second state tournament after a 40-39 at Black Rock.
“I left some shots out on the course, but I’m happy with the round,” said Miguel.
Rice and his players can look back on Black Rock’s No. 5, a par 4 that measures 368 yards, as a hole that cost them some strokes. Collectively, the four scoring players were 10 over par on No. 5.
South Hagerstown finished the district with 422 team strokes. Cody Reeder led the Rebels with 91 and Dylan Bickford had 96.
Overall medalist honors went to Ryan Woodward of Urbana with a 1-over-par 73.