Russ, Wolodkin claim mid-season tourney wins

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CUMBERLAND — Two Allegany County disc golfers threw for wins in their respective divisions on Saturday during the second annual Western Maryland Disc Golf Mid-Season Tournament at Central Assembly of God in Cumberland.

Nick Russ, 43, of Cumberland, won the Advanced Division with a combined score of 92, including a morning round of 44 on the traditional course of red tees on the front nine and white tees on the back nine to lead 11 division competitors. In the afternoon round, Russ tied with Derek Hunter, of Bedford, Pa., for the hot round of 48 on a modified course that included the recently added six new holes from the red and white tees in the woods. But Russ led Hunter by six strokes in the morning session to seal the win.

Photo by Krystal Mallery
Nick Russ won the Advanced Division by six strokes over runner-up Derek Hunter (in background).

Hunter finished second overall with a 98, while Jerrett Pickens used two even rounds of 51 each to place third with a 102. David Warder, 31, of Frostburg, placed fourth (45, 58, 103) while Colby Mallery, 18 of Mount Savage, rounded out the top five with a 104 (48, 56).

Dan Beachy, 38, of Frostburg, took sixth (51, 54, 105) while Scott Mallery, 54, of Mount Savage, was one stroke behind (49, 59, 106) for seventh place. B.J. Lewis, of Frostburg, placed eighth (49, 60, 109), edging Bill Shreve, 46, of Cumberland (52, 58, 110).

Ethan von Hagel, 19, of Cumberland, placed 10th overall (52, 61, 113) and Brett Workman was 11th (54, 61, 115).

Wolodkin, 20, of Frostburg, earned the Rec Division win over four others who completed both the morning and afternoon rounds under a blazing sun as temperatures reached near 90 degrees. Wolodkin led the division in the morning with a 53. On the same traditional layout in the afternoon, he tied Nic Davies, 26, of Mount Savage, with a 54 for a total score of 107. In both rounds, Wolodkin beat his season league average of 55.3 over 10 weeks of play.

Davies finished second (59, 54, 113) while Derek King, of Boonsboro, was one stroke back in third place (55, 55, 114).

Seth Wilson, 28, of Cresaptown, was only two strokes out of the top three. He placed fourth overall with a 116 (56, 60). Kevin Spradlin, 43, of Frostburg, placed fifth (58, 64, 122). Newcomer Dave Deal, of Accident, placed sixth in the first round with a 73 but withdrew from competition before the afternoon session began.

In the skills challenge, Russ came out on top of the putting and closest-to-the-pin contests, while Hunter won the distance category with a drive of 405 feet.

The tournament marks the midway point of Western Maryland Disc Golf’s 30-week summer league, which began in mid-March and continues each Thursday night through Oct. 4.

AlleganyPlayground photo
In this file photo from the 2021 Ace Race, Sam Wolodkin winds up for an ace attempt at Mile Lane Disc Golf Course in Mount Savage.

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