Ace sets the pace, putt seals the deal for Shreve

Shreve buries playoff hole putt for win
Doubles play resumes Dec. 12 in Mount Savage


CUMBERLAND — David Warder made par on the fourth basket on the back nine to pull into a tie with Bill Shreve and the two remained tied for the final five tries in regulation.

Kevin Spradlin | Allegany Playground
Bill Shreve makes the winning putt, while David Warder’s disc from his second shot can be seen in the lower left corner.

It took a playoff basket to settle the duel between Shreve, 45, of Cumberland, and Warder, 31, of Eckhart during Western Maryland Disc Golf Fall/Winter League play. The scheduled doubles format was converted into singles play by consensus of those on the course Sunday afternoon at Central Assembly of God in Cumberland.

It was determined that the playoff hole would be basket No. 1, but the two men would throw from the back side of the red No. 3 tee — adding a bit of distance to the challenge. Warder and Shreve are both strong off the tee, but this time Warder, throwing first, didn’t get quite the result he is accustomed to. Shreve did, and his disc landed roughly 15 feet from the basket on his drive. It took Warder two throws to get that close. All Shreve had to do was sink the putt and the win was his.

Kevin Spradlin | Allegany Playground
David Warder tees off from white No. 7.

Shreve made it and finished with a score of 52 over 18 holes plus the two shots on the playoff hole. Warder also threw a 52 in regulation while Ethan Shreve, 18, of Cumberland, was only two shots off the pace with a 54. Disc golf rookie Kevin Spradlin, 42, of Frostburg, rounded out the field with a 68.

Bill Shreve was awarded the full $8 payout — taken from players’ weekly $5 registration fees — but it was his throw from the red No. 7 tee on the front nine that set the tone for the afternoon. Shreve led by a single stroke after the first six with a score of 16 to Warder’s 17. Ethan Shreve was two off the lead with an 18 while Spradlin had a 21.

Stepping to the tee on No. 7 (par three), Bill Shreve did his customary start-then-stop-then-start-again approach. The disc launched smoothly from his grip and sailed right, then slowly but surely left, and back towards the basket. It looked good from the start, but sounded even better when the disc hit the chains and stayed in the basket. It was Shreve’s second ace in his disc golf career and first on the hilly Central Assembly of God course.

Kevin Spradlin | Allegany Playground
Bill Shreve tees off at white No. 7. All four players made a par 3 on this basket.

Warder, meanwhile, did what he could to keep pace and birdied No. 7 in two strokes while Ethan Shreve made par. Through nine at the midway point, Warder and Bill Shreve were tied at 23 apiece, Ethan Shreve was third (26) and Spradlin was a distant fourth (31).

Shreve and Warder each made par on the first two white, longer tees to start the second half, then Shreve took a one-stroke lead when Warder bogeyed white No. 4. Warder tied it up on the very next hole, though, making par while Shreve bogeyed. The two matched each other stroke for stroke over the final five baskets to force the playoff.

Kevin Spradlin | Allegany Playground
Ethan Shreve works his way out of the rough on white No. 7. Despite the difficulty from the tee, he still made par.

Doubles play resumes Sunday, Dec. 12, at Mile Lane Disc Golf in Mount Savage. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. tee time. The scoring format will be determined on event day. There is a $5 registration fee per player, and league members and the general public are invited to play.

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