HAGERSTOWN —If the wind had been involved at the Hagerstown City Championship on Monday, high school golfers would have experienced what it is like to play European golf in nasty weather.
As it was, cold and rain nipped at golfers through nine holes at Fountain Head Country Club. By the time everyone had found a warm, dry spot, North Hagerstown had easily won the city crown with a 162 team total.
St. Maria Goretti came in second with a 180 and South Hagerstown had a 209 in the match played on the front nine at Fountain Head to a par 36.
North’s Aaron Staley took medalist honors with an even-par 36. Niklas Steiner led Goretti with a 38 and Dylan Bickford had a 48 for South.
“I was frozen on the first hole,” said Staley. “I think this is the first time we’ve played in rain. Any other time it’s rained, we were canceled.”
Staley had birdies on 5 and 6 and was 2 under heading to the final two holes, both of which he bogeyed.
“It was cold out there, but Saturday was more windy,” said Steiner, noting conditions at the IPSL Championship at Whitetail. “I just tried to take the same approach, maybe use a club longer.”
Under the conditions, Bickford had a good round to lead South as the Rebels begin to show signs of improvement.
“It was tough holding on to the clubs,” said Bickford. “It was crazy.”
Players were able to play under the lift, clean and place rule in the fairway.
“It’s one thing to play in the cold, but another to play in the cold and rain,” said South coach Ethan Lester.
North coach Joel Rice headed into more comfortable conditions as he nursed a cold. Goretti’s Michael DiMercurio played with gloves on each hand.
Hagerstown City Championship
At Fountain Head Country Club
Front Nine, par 36
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (162)
Aaron Staley 36, Nate Parchment 39, Chad Shindle 41; Sam Robertson 46, Kyle Moir 47, Hunter Martin 49.
ST. MARIA GORETTI (180)
Niklas Steiner 38, Michael DiMercurio 42; Ryan Kinter 45; Jake Moats 55, Zach Brody 55, Ian Fairly 57.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (209)
Dylan Bickford 48, Cody Reeder 50, Andrew Snodderly 54, Lon Branham 57, Josh Mades 58, Bridgette Swanson 61.