Shreve, Von Hagel tie in Week 11

Spiker throws season best for 3rd place

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CUMBERLAND — Bill Shreve is the only player to have competed in the first 11 weeks of the Western Maryland Disc Golf Spring/Summer tag league at Central Assembly of God in Cumberland.

On Thursday, at least, it was a good thing he showed up.

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Bill Shreve, seen here with his WMDG Fall/Winter Doubles League plaque in February, is on a roll and on Thursday earned the No. 1 tag with a fourth straight sub-50 effort.

Shreve, 45, of Cumberland, threw a score of 48 over 18 holes on Thursday night at Central Assembly of God in Cumberland. He managed to tie Ethan Von Hagel, 19, of Cumberland, for first among 15 competitors. Thanks to Western Maryland Disc Golf’s off-the-course tiebreaker rules, it was Shreve who took home the No. 1 tag. In case of a tie, the person who entered the match with the lower tag number among those two tied earns the next tag number available on a given night.

“(I) never thought it could happen,” Shreve said in the huddle after the competition.

Devon Spiker, 20, of Frostburg, threw a season best 49 to take third place. Nick Russ, 43, of Cumberland, David Warder, 31, of Frostburg, and Nolan Jones each threw 50 to tie for fourth. Colby Mallery, 18, of Mount Savage, Brett Workman and Seth Wilson, 28, of Cresaptown, each threw a 52 to tie for seventh, while Nic Davies, 25, of Mount Savage (54) had 10th place all to himself. Sam Wolodkin, 19, of Frostburg, and Sean Fiscus, 20, both managed a 55 to tie for 11th. Keith Raynor, 45, of Vale Summit, was 13th (57), followed by Kevin Spradlin, 43, of Frostburg (61) and Jack Twigg, 19 (62).

For Shreve, though, it was a combination of continued excellence and a bit of luck. Shreve said he first threw sub-50 four weeks ago in Week 6. There, he scored a 47 — but finished four strokes behind a lights-out Jones. Two weeks later, he threw a personal best 46 — but finished one stroke behind Warder and finished in a three-way tie for second place. A 48 in Week 9 left him one stroke behind Mallery for first. Last week, Shreve tossed another 48 gem but finished five strokes behind Russ.

For a while, it seemed as if Shreve was destined to finish second again. He held a three-stroke lead over Von Hagel after the front nine, and the lead grew to four after No. 10. But Von Hagel came charging back, cutting into Shreve’s lead by one stroke on each of the next four holes to pull into a tie. The two remained tied on the final two holes.

The mid-season tournament for Western Maryland Disc Golf is set for June 25. Registration is now open.

“I had never even shot in the 40s until five weeks ago,” Shreve shared afterward. “And I knew I had to get into the 40s to have a chance to get the No. 1 tag. And secondly, there are so many great players. Even if I have a great round, it would also mean that so many other players could not have a great round … or maybe even a good round. So I knew I had to play well and get lucky that many other players did not play as well.”

“In short,” Shreve concluded, “I had to get lucky.”

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