15 birdies power Mallery to weekly, season SFL victories

Shreve, Spradlin, Huff earn SFL division wins

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MOUNT SAVAGE — Turns out their head-to-head matchup on Monday evening was just for fun.

Both Bill Shreve and Scott Mallery posted their first, and best, rounds of the Summer Flex League’s Week 6 at Mile Lane Disc Golf Course in Mount Savage. Shreve, 46, of Cumberland, entered Week 6 with a one-point lead over Mallery, 54, of Mount Savage, in the season-long standings. On Sunday, both Mallery and Shreve played — separately — and posted rounds of 60 and 66, respectively. More importantly, Colby Mallery had slipped between the two by throwing a 62.

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Gavin Carter, 12, of Frostburg, goes for the putt on No. 6. It was Carter’s first time playing disc golf.

That meant that if Shreve could beat Mallery by a single stroke, the season SFL win would be his. However, if Scott Mallery could beat Shreve by a single stroke in the Week 6 results, he could forge a tie for first. Winning by two places would earn Scott Mallery the win.

On Monday night, Shreve hoped to do better than a 66 in order to retain his grasp on the No. 1 spot in the season-long Summer Flex League Men’s Division standings.

The trees dashed any and all hope pretty quickly.

Shreve threw a two under 73, while Mallery through a 13 under 62. The scores meant their first rounds — 60 for Mallery, 66 for Shreve, respectively — determined the Week 6 and season-long Men’s Division winner. Mallery earned the season victory with 53 points in six weeks of play from June through August, while Shreve was second with 52.

Kevin Spradlin, 43, of Frostburg, placed a distant third with 38 points. Noah Spradlin, 23, of Frostburg, placed fourth (27), while Ethan von Hagel, 19, of Cumberland, and Colby Mallery, 19, of Mount Savage, tied for fifth with 24 points apiece.

Mallery’s first effort on the course included 15 birdies on the 24-hole layout, including seven on the front 12 and eight more on the back 12. The younger Mallery was two strokes back, powered by an eagle on No. 7 from the long tees. Shreve was third in the weekly results, while Kevin Spradlin was fourth and Nic Davies, 26, of Mount Savage, placed fifth (77).

A total of 31 players logged 124 rounds of disc golf over six extended weekends in June, July and August. There was at least one player in each of the four divisions — Men’s, Women’s, Boys’ and Girls’, and three of the four divisions had a minimum of four players. Mile Lane proved to be the most popular course in terms of players (18 in Week 2, 16 in Week 4) and number of rounds (28 in Week 4). The Glades at Meshach Run at Deep Creek Lions Community Park, located near Accident in Garrett County, was a close second (15 players, 25 rounds).

Of the 29 players to complete a league round, at least 10 players — 34.5 percent — completed their first league round, of any disc golf league, anywhere.

Every league round was free to play. Points were accumulated each week based on a mix of participation and performance. A modest cash award was given to the top three place-winners in the men’s and women’s divisions, while the top three finishers in the youth divisions earned gift cards to a vendor of their choice.

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Gary Schultz, 9, of Frostburg, throws from the No. 12 tee to start the last hole of his first round at Mile Lane Disc Golf Course in Mount Savage.

Women’s Division

Becky Shreve, 41, of Cumberland, completed the wire-to-wire win by posting her sixth consecutive weekly victory. Players in the women’s and youth divisions were able to play a 12-hole layout from the short tees. Shreve did so better than anyone else in her division throughout the summer-long competition. Shreve managed three birdies — 25 percent of the course — en route to a nine-stroke win over Stephanie Spradlin, 42, of Frostburg.

In the season SFL standings, Shreve finished on top with 67 points to Spradlin’s 58 points. Krystal Mallery, 50, of Mount Savage, placed third with 19 points in three weeks of play. Nicole Davies, 27, of Mount Savage, finished fourth, earning three points in just one week of action. Shreve’s performance included an average margin of victory of 10.5 strokes each week.

Youth divisions

Twelve-year-old Frostburg residents Josiah Spradlin and Karli Huff won the boys’ and girls’ divisions, respectively.

Like Shreve, Spradlin won all six weekly contests — by a dominant average of 12.5 strokes, tallying 55 points. Younger brother Luke Spradlin-Vogelsang, 9, of Frostburg, finished second with 46 points while Gary Schultz, 9, of Frostburg, finished third with 12 points in only two weeks of play. Kaleb Logan, 13, of Frostburg, took fourth (5) while Gavin Carter, 12, of Frostburg, finished fifth (4). Both Logan and Carter played only once during the six-week competition.

In Week 6, Spradlin won with a three over par 39. Spradlin-Vogelsang was second with a 47, while Carter (55) was third and Schultz (63) finished fourth.

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Josiah Spradlin (center) won the Boys’ Division, while Luke Spradlin-Vogelsang (left) took second and Gary Schultz (right) placed third.

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Stephanie Spradlin, left, placed second in the Summer Flex League Women’s Division. Krystal Mallery was third. Not pictured: Division winner Becky Shreve.

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Scott Mallery, center, eked out a one-point SFL season victory over runner-up Bill Shreve (left). Kevin Spradlin, right, took third.

Final — 2022 Summer Flex League standings

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