WDL Week 3: 5 points separate 6 teams

Spradlin/Farris 2nd, Mallery/Shreve 3rd
Only 5 points separated all 6 teams

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CUMBERLAND — One way to level the playing field among a group of disc golf players that ranges in age from 8 years to 46, and in experience from five months to 18 years, is to develop a handicap system.

The other is match play.

Then put two players together who are relatively inexperienced, but both on recent rolls. And that’s how the team of Frostburg residents Luke Spradlin-Vogelsang, 9, and Noah Spradlin, 23, beat the six-team field for a win in Week 3 of Winter Doubles League on Sunday at Central Assembly of God Disc Golf Course in Cumberland. The younger Spradlin was recently  named the Allegany County Disc Golf Club’s 2022 Player of the Year, while the older Spradlin earned Player of the Month honors for December.

On Sunday, they worked together to beat a strong field of competitors in modified match play.

Minis drawn from a hat prior to the round didn’t reveal a player’s partner, but their opponent. If Player A won the hole — by completing the hole in fewer strokes than their designated opponent — they received a point. If Player B won the hole, they earned a point. If the two players tied, it was a wash, and no points were awarded.

Then, players were teamed up with another player in the field. The two partners then combined their earned points for final tally.

Spradlin-Vogelsang won nine holes in his contest against Noah Davis, 8, of Frostburg — the most holes won by any player on the day — and Spradlin won four holes against Kevin Spradlin, 43, of Frostburg. The two finished atop the six-team field with 13 points. It was only the second time Spradlin finished with a sub-60 at Central. He also threw a 59 in a league round on Sept. 1, 2022, on the (arguably easier) traditional layout.

Kevin Spradlin and Tim Farris, 26, of Wiley Ford, W.Va., scored six points apiece and placed second with 12 points. Colby Mallery, 19, of Mount Savage, and Bill Shreve, 46, of Cumberland finished with a combined 11 points for third place. Noah Spradlin’s score counted twice, as he was the odd man out. He and Davis combined for nine points and a solid fourth-place finish. Rounding out the field was a tie for fifth place between Keith Raynor, 46 of Vale Summit, with David Warder, 32, of Frostburg, and the duo of Jay Goodman, 20, of Frostburg, and Shania Farris, 26, of Wiley Ford. Both teams finished with eight points apiece.

The plan for the day was to compete on the traditional 18-hole layout. However, Plan B was implemented when youth soccer teams were using the field that includes the baskets for Nos. 8 and 9 until 3 p.m. So the traditional baskets 7, 8 and 9 from the short tees were substituted with x-1, x-2 and x-3. Since throwing for birdie, par or bogey didn’t really matter, it was still easy enough to track who won which hole over the 18 played.

And it was close.

Advanced Division players took the top three spots. Warder led the field of 11 players with a seven under par 49. Shreve was one stroke behind at 50 and Mallery was third with a 55.

Noah Spradlin and Tim Farris were tied for fourth, each throwing a 59. Raynor was sixth (60), Goodman seventh (61) and Kevin Spradlin eighth (63). Shania Farris was ninth (66), while youngsters Spradlin-Vogelsang (83) and Davis (90) rounded out the field.

Seven of the 11 players equalled or bettered their scores on the back nine compared to front nine efforts: Mallery was 29/26, Tim Farris was 31/28, Raynor was 30/30, Goodman was 31/30, Shania Farris was 34/32, Spradlin-Vogelsang was 43/40, and Davis was 48/42.

Week 3 notes

* Scores and team standings were slightly off when they were announced in the post-round huddle in the parking lot. The club apologizes for the error, but know that (a) we strive to get it right on the second try, if not the first, and (b) we have devised a cleaner way of scoring should this format be played again.

* CTP winners were David Warder and Luke Spradlin-Vogelsang, both on short 6.

* No ace for the 12th straight week; there’s now $113 in the ace pot.

* Week 4 of WDL returns to Mile Lane Disc Golf Course in Mount Savage.

* Week 6 of WDL – at The Glades at Meshach Run in Accident (weather permitting) – will be double points week. This means that however many points a player earns, their points will be automatically doubled. If Week 6 play is moved to Central, the double points deal will still be honored. It’s a week that players won’t want to miss.

Combined division action in Week 3 of Winter Doubles League.

Allegany County Disc Golf Club Winter Doubles League standings after Week 3.

 

Jay Goodman goes for the putt on No. 4.

Luke Spradlin-Vogelsang, the club’s 2022 Player of the Year, goes for a Circle 1 putt on No. 4. He missed, but led all players with nine holes won against his opponent.

Tim Farris drives from the long tee on No. 4.

Noah Davis completed a put on No. 4.

 

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