BERLIN- The drama continued to unfold in the Bayside South golf standings this week after Decatur edged Bennett at Great Hope to pull even with the Clippers with just two matches remaining.
The Bayside South has been a back-and-forth for Decatur and Bennett all season with each team beating the other week after week and the two teams swapping first-place in the conference. Last week, Bennett edged Decatur in Nassawango to nudge ahead of the Seahawks atop the standings. This week, Decatur answered with a narrow win at Great Hope.
Decatur shot a team-score of 174 on Tuesday at Great Hope. The Seahawks were led by Matt Kinsey’s 41, while Matt Kristick and Tanner Leonard each came in at 42. Hailey Brown shot a 49 and Emily Malinowski finished with a 58.
Bennett came in a close second with a team-score of 176, led by Ayden Whitehead’s even par 36. Whitehead shared co-medalist honors on the day with Salisbury Christian’s Ryan Hannigan, who also shot an even par 36. Parkside was third with a team-score of 191, led by Jakob Keidel’s score of 39.
With the win, Decatur is now in a dead tie with Bennett atop the team standings with 12 points each. Parkside is in third place with 24 points. A win is awarded one point, a second-place finish is awarded two points, a third-place earns three points, etc. In the individual standings, in terms of average, Whitehead is in first with a 38.13 average, Kristick is in second with a 39.25 average, Kinsey is in fourth with a 40 average and Keidel is in fourth with a 40.38 average.