Shreve snags Player of the Month award

Contenders included Davis, Campbell, Spradlin-Vogelsang 

* September Player of the Month: Lily Lick
* August Player of the Month: Scott Mallery
* July Player of the Month: Ethan Barney
* June Player of the Month: Luke Spradlin-Vogelsang
* Allegany County Disc Golf Club on Facebook
* Fall Doubles League details

FROSTBURG — If there’s an organized round of disc golf in Allegany County, there’s a pretty good chance Bill Shreve will be playing.

And odds are the 46-year-old Cumberland resident will have a podium-level performance. The mix of participation and high-achieving performance earned the five-year veteran disc golf player the Allegany County Disc Golf Club’s Player of the Month award for October. Shreve will be gifted a one-year subscription to uDisc, a widely popular app disc golf players use to keep scores, aces, putting percentage and more.

Shreve becomes the second player in the club’s Men’s – Advanced Division to win the award, following Scott Mallery in August. Shreve is picking up right where he left off the 2021-22 doubles season — in first place. Shreve and his teammates have earned the top spot in each of the first two weeks of Fall Doubles League, pairing with 19-year-olds Caleb Campbell (Week 1) and Colby Mallery (Week 2) for Advanced Division victories.

Shreve also competed in the final two weeks of Saturday Morning Tag League at Mile Lane Disc Golf Course in Mount Savage. He placed third on Oct. 1 in Week 9 and fourth in the 10th and final week.

Along with two first-place Fall Doubles League finishes this month, Shreve also placed third in the end-of-season tournament in Cumberland.

A primary factor in the club’s Player of the Month award selection process is participation in club events. On the second tier of consideration is participation in other local disc golf events during the specified time period. Still, it’s difficult to ignore Shreve’s body of work in all of 2022. He was the only player who played all 30 weeks of Thursday night league play from March through early October. In the 30th and final week, Shreve placed third overall. Over 30 weeks, though, he finished with 295 points, with a best round of 46, a worst round of 60, and an average of 49.8 strokes per week — not bad for a guy who didn’t throw a sub-50 round at Central until April 2022. His weekly average was fourth best among 29 players, and he was one of only five players under 50.

Earlier this year, he placed second in the Men’s Advanced Division — by one measly point — to Scott Mallery in the Allegany County Disc Golf Club’s Summer Flex League. Shreve played in 16 of 18 weeks during the Fall/Winter Doubles League from October 2021 to February 2022 and won the Most Valuable Player award by 12 points.

Three other players contended for the monthly award, including: Noah Davis, 8, of Frostburg; Caleb Campbell, 19, of Oakland; and Luke Spradlin-Vogelsang, 9, of Frostburg.

  • Noah Davis played in two of the three Allegany County Disc Golf Club events in October. Davis and his doubles teammate finished fourth in the fifth week of Youth League. In Week 1 of Fall Doubles League, Davis threw the only birdie among Youth Division players and, on the same basket, won CTP. He teamed with Spradlin-Vogelsang to throw for par on one out of every five holes on the 24-hole layout. It was the first time either player had completed 24 holes in a single day.

 

  • Luke Spradlin-Vogelang, meanwhile, played in all three ACDGC events. In the final week of Youth League, he played for a share of first place. In Week 2o of Fall Doubles League, Spradlin-Vogelsang was the only youth player in the field. The fourth-grade Beall Elementary School student accepted the challenge of playing with the adults in the Rec Division. He and teammate Levi Campbell, 17, of Oakland, finished fourth in Rec Division play. But it was younger player’s first time throwing from the long tees at Central. Over the traditional nine holes form the short tees, the youngster threw for par — 37. That was five strokes worse than on a practice round the day before. Had he simply duplicated his early effort and matched the 37 over the final nine holes from the short baskets, he would have matched his personal best of 74 (all short tees) at Central. Instead, he threw a 45 from the long tees. After the round, Spradlin-Vogelsang acknowledged he didn’t score very well but learned a lot and enjoyed playing with the older players. Spradlin-Vogelsang won the club’s inaugural Player of the Month award in June and was vying to become the first two-time winner of the award.

 

  • Caleb Campbell was dominant in Week 1 of Fall Doubles League. Playing in Mount Savage for the first time, he had the second-best front 12 of anyone else in the Advanced Division. On the back 12, he threw a division-best 32 and finished with the hot round of 68 on the par 78 layout. Campbell and teammate Ethan von Hagel finished second in Week 2, eight strokes off the pace. Campbell finished with a two over par 68 on the 21 holes from the long tees, a layout which included the traditional 18 plus the three new baskets on the wooded hillside. He finished with only two birdies — compared to the 19 the other three Advanced Division players combined for — which might be indicative of Campbell’s preference for more technical courses such as Mile Lane or The Glades at Meshach Run.

Bill Shreve, shown here on the long No. 1 tee pad at Mile Lane Disc Golf Course in Mount Savage, has participated in every non-youth league event sponsored by the Allegany County Disc Golf Club. He also earned a share of the win in each of the first two weeks of Fall Doubles League in October.

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