Making up for lost time, Davies helps Mallery to Week 7 win

Raynor, S. Farris win Rec Division
Registration for March 4 tourney continues

* Registration open for Doubles Championship on March 4 (limited to about 12 teams)
* February glow round schedule set (next round is Feb. 17 at Mile Lane)
* Allegany County Disc Golf Club on Facebook
* Results: Week 1 . Week 2 . Week 3 . Week 4 . Week 5 . Week 6 . Week 7
* 2023: A Look Ahead

MOUNT SAVAGE — Nic Davies hasn’t been seen during an Allegany County Disc Golf Club league or casual round since Nov. 13, 2022. Scott Mallery missed three weeks in the heart of the nine-week Winter Doubles League.

The odds, one could argue, were stacked against them. The workaholic Davies and the injury-plagued Mallery beat the odds on Sunday and took first in the Advanced Division of Week 7 of Winter Doubles League at Mile Lane Disc Golf Course in Mount Savage.

Noah Spradlin for the putt on short No. 9.

The Mount Savage residents — Davies is 27, and Mallery, his father-in-law, is 54 — managed to birdie No. 10 from the long tee while the other two Advanced Division teams threw for bogey. There were only two holes remaining, and the two strokes gained proved to be the difference, as Davies and Mallery finished with an 11 under par 64. Cumberland residents Ethan von Hagel, 20, and Bill Shreve, 46, finished two strokes back with a 66 while Colby Mallery, 19, of Mount Savage, and David Warder, 32, of Frostburg, were third with a 67.

Davies and Mallery threw for 11 birdies — 45.8 percent of the 24 holes on the tournament layout that featured 12 holes from the short tees and 12 from the long tees. Seven of those birdies happened from the long 12 tees.

All three teams were tied at 30 at the midway point, and Team Shreve-von Hagel took a one stroke lead two baskets into the back 12 with a birdie on No. 2 from the long tee. But Davies and Mallery threw for birdie on No. 3 long while the other two teams threw for bogey. Shreve and von Hagel tied it again on  No. 6 long with one of their 11 birdies on the day. Davies and Mallery pulled ahead by one stroke on the next basket, but again von Hagel and Shreve tied it with a birdie on No. 9.

The format for all players was a modified best shot. One player on each team was designated to drive from the first six tees, then each team played best shot as they worked their way to each basket. The second player on each team drove from tees seven through 12, and that was repeated from the long tees. The format was one of several entered into an online random generator.

Raynor, S. Farris earn Rec Division win

In doubles competition, the kind of day one’s partner has can make or break a team in the standings.

Shania Farris knows all about that.

Farris, 26, of Wiley Ford, W.Va., has been throwing discs very well since joining the club on New Year’s Day. But if her joining came by accident — she just happened to show up at about the same time a league round was starting — then her effort is quite deliberate. Still, her personal best effort hasn’t quite yielded the results in the standings she might have wanted.

On Sunday, Farris got exactly what she wanted — and deserved — in doubles partner Keith Raynor. Together, the two paired up to pick up the Rec Division victory.

Farris and Raynor, 46, of Vale Summit, finished with a six under par 69. They trailed brothers and Frostburg residents Noah Spradlin, 23, and Josiah Spradlin, 13, by a single stroke at the midway point. Both teams managed three birdies from the 12 long tees, but it was when and how they did it and proved to be the difference.

While Team Spradlin-Spradlin bogeyed both Nos. 2 and 3 long, Farris and Raynor threw for par and birdie, marking a three-stroke swing and a two-stroke lead. Their lead was cut in half on No. 4 long, when Noah Spradlin’s drive and Josiah Spradlin’s putt finished off the birdie. Raynor and Farris doubled their lead on No. 7 long, but Team Spradlin-Spradlin threw for consecutive birdies on  Nos. 8 and 9 to forge a tie. The Spradlin boys couldn’t keep the momentum, however, and Raynor and Farris managed to throw for par on Nos. 11 and 12 while the Spradlins bogeyed both baskets.

Tim Farris, 26, of Wiley Ford, and Ethan Shreve, 18, of Cumberland, finished third in the four-team field with a one under par 74. They finished one stroke ahead of Frostburg residents Jay Goodman, 20, and Kevin Spradlin, 43.

Youth Division

With no in-division competition, Frostburg friends Noah Davis, 8, and Luke Spradlin-Vogelsang, 9, did the best they could under the circumstances. Their best was pretty good, as they improved by six strokes over the second half of play and finished with an 86.

The pair managed to throw for four birdies on the adult-standard par 75 course (the youth-adjusted par is 98), with all four birdies coming on the back 12.

Week 7 notes

* Sixteen players completed a league round today — the most since 17 competed in Week 3 of Fall Doubles League on Nov. 6, 2022.

* Week 8 of Winter Doubles League returns to Central in Cumberland. Tee time is 2 p.m. Play is open to the public. Noah Davis turns 9 in February, and the club asked him to pick the Week 8 format. There will be a mix of best shot and alternate format.

* No ace today; the ace pot is now $140.

* David Warder won CTP today as the group threw for long No. 2 after 24 holes. Luke Spradlin-Vogelsang edged Noah Davis for CTP on short No. 11 by less than two feet. Warder received $1.99 for the paid Frizbee flip app. Luke chose an Innova Factor Second Valkyrie fairway driver.

* There are now two registration options for the March 4 tournament; $25 entry gets each player an MVP/Axiom/Streamline disc, or $15 without a disc. Call or text 301-338-4533 for details or visit the event page.

* The club has now collected $575 from optional weekly player fees, which will go towards the club’s share of the Hoffman Park Ace Place Disc Golf Course.

Week 7 results

Division points standings after Week 7 of Winter Doubles League.

Photo by MacKenzie Spradlin
Luke Spradlin-Vogelsang with an approach shot.

Photo by MacKenzie Spradlin
Jay Goodman with the drive.

Photo by MacKenzie Spradlin
Shania Farris and Keith Raynor (pictured) worked to win the Rec Division.

Photo by MacKenzie Spradlin
Josiah Spradlin, 13, and his older brother fell two strokes shy of tying for the Rec Division win.


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