Golf Handles Woodberry in Match Play

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Mercersburg’s golf team stayed undefeated on the season with an 18 1/2-9 1/2 victory over host Woodberry Forest October 16 in Orange, VA, in a unique setting that involved a combination of group and individual points. 

The teams played a match-play format with one point awarded for wins on the front nine holes, back nine, and the overall 18 holes for each of the individual matches. Additionally, a group point was awarded to each foursome that was decided by the four-ball format.

The Blue Storm was in command of the match from the outset, taking a commanding lead on the front nine (5 1/2–2 1/2) and proceeded to stretch it out on the back nine. Mercersburg won all four points from the four-ball matches and took 14 1/2 of the available points from the singles matches to win by nine points.

Argyle Downes ’23 and Josh Pethel ’22 both took three points from their individual matches at the top two positions for the Blue Storm. Each of their rounds featured an eagle. The only other member of the team to take all of the points from the individual play was Ethan Xin ’23, who ran away with his match on the front and battled down the stretch to secure the back nine.

“Match play is always a welcome change from stroke play for us,” said Mercersburg head coach Doug Smith commented “Battling your opponent head-to-head allows you to reset every hole and focus on the task at hand.  This team took each match very seriously and I am proud of the way the results turned out. The mental toughness of the team overall is exemplary.”

The Blue Storm improved to 6–0 this season in head-to-head matches. Mercersburg is back in action Tuesday, October 26, in the Independent-Parochial School League Championship at Chambersburg Country Club. The nine-hole match tees off at 2 p.m.