The county entered Tuesday’s Maryland State Golf Championships at the University of Maryland Golf Course in College Park with high hopes for big performances from three golfers with tons of tournament experience. When the cold, windy, exhausting day on an unforgiving course was over, only one county golfer survived the cut to play on the second day competition.
The troubles started early for Bohemia Manor’s Hunter Tollinger, Perryville’s Jordyn Pollitt and Elkton’s Genesis Diaz and left all off them standing on tee boxes wondering what went wrong at some point through each of their rounds.
Nowhere were the Cecil County contingent’s woes more evident than on the delivishly short and tricky 316-yard, par four 3rd hole. Ranked at the 13th hardest hole on the scorecard, a challenging hole location on the false-fronted green and lightning fast green speeds gave Tollinger all he could handle. Tollinger putted off the green, had difficulties chipping back and eventually carded an 11 on a hole short enough to drive off the tee.
Pollitt has a solid start to her round, but an eight on the 16th hole (her 7th of the day after starting on the back nine) made her round start to unwind. The birdie on the next hole was the first time in her round she would see a three next to an eight on her scorecard, but she would make it one better on the front nine. After taking an eight on the 3rd hole, Pollitt knocked he tee shot on the following Par-3 to within 10-feet and drained the birdie putt to go 8-2.
The combination of difficult holes, tricky option holes and outright scoring opportunities meant a rollercoaster ride of a day for Pollitt, Tollinger and Diaz.Tollinger qualified last month at Geneva Farms with a 75 and struggled home with a 92 for the day to miss the cut. Pollitt, who was 2-over after five holes, played the last 13 holes at 16 over par to miss the 86-stroke cutline with a 90.
The disappointment was biggest for Diaz. After posting the lowest score of 72 during District VII qualifying and having set an early goal of winning the State Championship, Diaz was already seven over after six. She regrouped. After a four-putt, the aforementioned 3rd Hole claimed another Cecil County victim. In total, county golfers would play the hole 14-over par for the day.
Diaz was the lone county representative able to right the ship enough to make the cut. She posted an uncharacteristic 84, two under the cut line, but nine strokes back and all but eliminating a chance for a State Title in her senior year.
(the print deadline for this story was before final results for Wednesday’s final round were made available)