Crusaders pull away on final six holes to defeat Archbishop Spalding


In Saturday’s MIAA A Conference golf championship match, at Hayfields Country Club in Hunt Valley, each golfer from top-seeded St. Paul’s School got off to an ominous start, as all six lost their opening hole.

St. Paul’s senior TJ Burkom help lead a young Crusader squad, as its No. 1 player, the 2021 MIAA A Conference golf championship.

The Crusaders still found themselves in a tight battle with Archbishop Spalding, as the match was squared at 3-3 after six holes, in the 12-hole event. St. Paul’s, however, found a spark over the final six holes and pulled away for a 16-5 victory and the title.

“The seniors on St. Paul’s did a great job of leading a young team this year,” said St. Paul’s coach Paul Bernstorf. “TJ Burkom, Jackson Guy and Davis Wille were our seniors and were great leaders and great ambassadors for St. Paul’s and golf.”

The team title was the 10th MIAA crown for the Crusaders, who won three straight from 2016 thru 2018. The 10 championships are by far the most in the conference, with Calvert Hall second on the list with four.

Burkom, the Crusaders’ No. 1 player, finished his round 3 over through 12 holes. Sophomore Colin Vineburg and Wille also carded a 3 over scores for 12 holes. Freshmen Tommy Sharps and Matthew Sola each finished 1 over for 11 holes and freshman Oliver Clark was 5 over for 12 holes.