Day one leader shoots a one-under par 71 to win MIAA individual stroke play championship by five strokes
Carrying a one stroke lead into the second and final round of the 2019 MIAA Individual Stroke Play Golf Championships, Calvert Hall’s Michael Crowley shot a one-under par 71, Wednesday at Eagles Nest Country Club, and he went on to a five-stroke victory over three other golfers to win the championship.
Loyola’s Trent Geritz, who came into Wednesday’s action one-shot back of Crowley, shot a three-over par 75 and finished tied with St. Paul’s Lou Baker, who matched Crowley’s final round 71, and Brandon Wilson of St. Paul’s, who shot a 69 on Wednesday, the lowest round of the event. All three had a two-round score of 149, while Crowley posted a 144.
Crowley bogied the par 4 opening hole on Wednesday, but parred the next five before getting a birdie on the par 5 seventh hole to get back to even for the round. He then birdied holes eight and nine to post two-under par 34 on the front nine. On the back nine, he had a bogie on 11, a birdie on 12, and bogies on 13 and 15. He got one stroke back with a birdie on 17 and played the back nine with a one-over par 37.
“I’m extremely proud of Michael and the other two, Austin and Lorenzo, who finished in the Top 10,” said Calvert Hall coach Drew Forrester. “Michael is very talented. He keeps the game simple. I think we will see a lot more great golf from him in the future. He doesn’t have a ceiling.”
Archbishop Spalding’s Alec Foxen was fifth (153), while John Carroll’s Tristen Pattisall, Calvert Hall’s Austin Steckler and McDonogh’s Aaron Williams all finished tied for sixth (154).
The chart below shows the first and second round scores of each golfer which qualified for the final round.
Pictured above: Calvert Hall’s Michael Crowley who would go on to win the MIAA individual title, tees off on the first hole of the final round, Wednesday at Eagles Nest.