Greyhound senior holds off Loyola’s Trent Geritz and Gilman teammate Jarius Gaines; Loyola wins team competition
by Dave Larkin
Gilman senior Mac Webster shot his second straight 71 to outlast several close contenders and capture the 2018 MIAA Individual Stroke Play Golf Championship, which was concluded on Wednesday at Elkridge Country Club.
The front nine looked to be a back-and-forth battle between Webster and his standout Greyhound teammate, senior Jairus Gaines. The two entered Thursday’s finale tied atop the leaderboard along with Annapolis Area Christian School’s Alex Colonna after the trio each posted a 71 at Eagle’s Nest Country Club in Monday’s opening round.
Webster, a lefty, and Gaines were consistently hitting fairways and greens on Wednesday, and their putting games helped create a see-saw battle for the lead. Meanwhile, Loyola junior Trent Geritz caught fire, and contended for the lead right through the final hole.
After a lip-out par putt on 17, Webster quickly put the bogey behind him and set his sights on the par 5 18th hole.
“The lip-out really didn’t bother me, it just made me concentrate more on hitting the fairway on 18,” said Webster, who will attend Boston College next year. “That was my mentality today.”
The focus paid off when Webster made a tap-in par on 18, but he still had to sweat out a nervous couple of minutes as Geritz finished the 18th and nearly pulled even with a miracle shot.
Geritz played out of a fairway bunker and was 40 yards from the pin, for a must-have birdie. He hit a sparkling chip shot that rolled one foot short of the cup and, as it turned out, one foot short of share of the lead.
Webster finished the two-day tournament with a 142 total, and Geritz followed Monday’s 73 with a 71, for a 143 tournament total. Gaines tallied 71, 74 for a total of 144, placing him third overall.
Gilman head coach Mike Wallace had praise for all of the players, considering the limited practice and competition opportunities due to the cold and wet spring weather.
“The first fourth of the season was snowy, and the schedule has become very compact,” said Wallace. “These kids are playing hard every day. This was a very strong field out here today – there were quite a few kids with a chance to win, and it was good to see them play well today.”
Coach Wallace credits Webster’s expanded skill-set for his recent success.
“Mac has always been a talented player, and he has evolved into a very smart player. He thinks it through and knows where he wants to put the ball. That has really helped him.”
In the team competition, three schools – Calvert Hall, Loyola and St. Paul’s – each qualified four golfers for the final round, which made them the only teams eligible for the team title, which was captured by Loyola.
The Dons, comprised of Will Koras, Noah Peck, Ryan Kane and Geritz improved 12 strokes on the 304 they shot in the first round to post a 292 and run-away with the team championship with a combined score of 596. St. Paul’s, which led after day one, shot a 304 on Wednesday to finish at 606 and place second. Third-place Calvert Hall finished with a team score of 623.
Below is the complete final round leader board and team scoring.
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