Freshman Giardina’s victory on final hole produces winning margin for Admirals



With the 2020 MIAA golf season canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Severn School graduated nine senior who did not have an opportunity to defend the 2019 MIAA B Conference championship the Admirals had won. Thus, Severn entered 2021 with a talented, yet young and inexperienced team.

As the old cliche goes, however, the Admirals did not rebuild, they reloaded.

The proof was an 11-10 win over Annapolis Area Christian School, on Saturday at Hayfields Country Club, in the MIAA B Conference championship match. Severn has now won two straight league titles and eight overall.

Freshman Jack Stamato quickly established himself as the team’s No. 1 player, and played in that position throughout the season. Junior Robbie McNitt played well throughout the season and worked his way to the No. 2 position, while the only veteran from Severn’s 2019 championship, junior Josh Bing, took on a much-needed leadership position at No. 3. Senior Cole Petrinko, sophomore Matt Kagan and freshman Andrew Giardina all played the first competitive golf of their lives this season, and were often the keys to Severn’s 10-1 regular season record.

The championship match itself was a nail-biter. The teams found themselves tied 10-10 going into the final hole of the match, with everything decided but the final team point. Kagan put two consecutive shots into the water on #10, leaving Giardina, who had been swept in his individual match, with the task of trying to win the hole. He managed to two-putt for a 6, which proved to be enough as both AACS players carded a 7 on #10.

Stamato and McNitt each produced three points in the championship match and they captured the team point in their group. Kagan had 2-1/2 points and Bing had a half of point. By winning the final hole for the Admirals, Kagan and Giardina scored the critical bonus point that tilted the team score to Severn’s favor.

“The planning of the MIAA, the individual school athletic directors, and the efforts of players, coaches, and parents all came together for a great 2021 spring golf season,” said Severn coach Jason Salinas. “I’m proud of the poise, grit and integrity our players showed throughout the season. This group of young men understood how lucky they were to get a full season of play this spring, and they were eager to get out on the course for each match. Even though we were not able to play any practice rounds at our home course this year, we managed to put together a terrific season.”