With 1 week to go, Shreve holds 1-point lead over Mallery

Becky Shreve, Josiah Spradlin continue to dominate respective SFL divisions

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FROSTBURG — It is a two-horse race for first place in the men’s division for the inaugural Summer Flex League championship.

Bill Shreve, 46, of Cumberland, edged Scott Mallery, 54, of Mount Savage, for third place in Week 5 play at The Glades at Meshach Run in Garrett County by two strokes. The two traded places in the SFL standings for the third consecutive week, and Shreve now leads Mallery, 42-41. There is also a three-way race for third place in the same division. Kevin Spradlin, 43, of Frostburg, sits in the catbird seat with 29 points, while son Noah Spradlin, 23, of Frostburg, is in fourth (27) and Ethan von Hagel, 19, of Cumberland, in fifth (24). Von Hagel is obviously better player of the three, but missed out on Week 1 competition and the points that might have come along with it.

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Scott Mallery, shown on the tee pad at No. 6 at The Glades, sits one point behind Bill Shreve in the SFL Men’s Division.

Barring an unexpected event — such as either Shreve or Mallery missing Week 6 action at Mile Lane Disc Golf Course from Aug. 19 through Aug. 22 — one of those two players will be the SFL Men’s Division champion. Mathematically, Kevin Spradlin has a shot at a share of second place, but that’s only if Mallery does not play. That’d be almost unthinkable, as Mile Lane is Mallery’s home course. He did, after all, design and build it on Mallery family property.

Should Kevin Spradlin not play Week 6, third place would come down to Noah Spradlin and von Hagel. Noah Spradlin has not finished in the top five for points in any of the first five weeks, but if he finishes a round — this time it’s the 24-hole tournament layout — he’s guaranteed seven points: One for participation in Week 6, and six additional points for playing in six straight SFL weeks. Von Hagel would have to win Week 6 outright, though, to even forge a tie with Noah Spradlin’s presumed seven points.

The top three spots in each of the men’s and women’s divisions are playing for modest cash awards. The winners of the boys’ and girls’ divisions will receive gift cards.

Shreve, Spradlin steady, Huff on top

Becky Shreve and Josiah Spradlin lead the women’s and boys’ divisions, respectively.

Shreve, 41, of Cumberland, and Spradlin, 12, of Frostburg, have led their divisions from the first round. All each player has to do is simply complete a round and both remain out of reach by anyone staring up at them in the standings.

Shreve has won four straight weeks and sports a 55-47 lead over Stephanie Spradlin, 42, of Frostburg.

Josiah Spradlin, meanwhile, leads little brother Luke Spradlin-Vogelsang, 9, by a score of 55-46. Mathematically, the little brother is hanging around but if big brother simply completes a round, the division win is all his.

Karli Huff, 12, of Frostburg, leads the girls’ division as the only competitor. Huff played at Mile Lane in Week 2 and hasn’t thrown plastic since. It’s unknown if she will make an appearance in Week 6. If she completes a round, the division belongs to Huff. Should another division player enter the field, there could be a tie for first.

Summer Flex League division standings after Week 5 at The Glades. Karli Huff leads the girls’ division with six points.

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