Nine birdies lift Mallery to glow round win

3 of 8 players log their first nighttime round

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MOUNT SAVAGE — There is a meme in a popular Facebook disc golf discussion group that points out an inconvenient truth. With a picture of the stoic, slightly intimidating Laurence Fishburne in the character of Morpheus from The Matrix film series, the meme questions, “What if I told you the point of disc golf is to play the least amount of disc golf?”

A head-scratcher for sure, and on Tuesday night under a calm, clear sky complete with shooting stars and a temperature hovering under 30 degrees, Scott Mallery played the least amount of disc golf among anyone who completed the 24-hole round. Mallery, 54, of Mount Savage, finished with a six under par 69 at Mile Lane Disc Golf Course. He was three strokes ahead of Bill Shreve, 46, of Cumberland, and Kevin Spradlin, 43, of Frostburg, each of whom finished with a 72.

Mallery was actually three strokes behind at the midway point. After the first 12 from the short tees, it was 32-year-old David Warder, of Frostburg, out in front with a six under par 30. Mallery was at 33, while Shreve and Spradlin both threw a 34. Frostburg brothers Josiah Spradlin, 13, sat in fifth with a 38 while Noah Spradlin, 23, was right behind him with a 40. Jay Goodman, 20, of Frostburg, was one stroke back in the eight-player field, tied with Ethan Shreve, 18, of Cumberland, each with a 41.

Unfortunately for Warder — and, conversely, fortunately for Mallery — Warder had to leave the competition halfway through to focus on other obligations. That left the door open for Mallery, and he walked right through it.

Mallery threw five of his nine birdies over the back 12 from the long tees for a three under par 36 and, overall, a six under par 69. While Kevin Spradlin threw for bogey on the 24th and final hole, Bill Shreve managed to throw for par and force a tie for second place on the back nine (each with a 38) and, overall, each with a 72. The 72 was only one stroke off Spradlin’s personal best on the 24-hole layout, as he threw a 71 on Aug. 22 (in the daytime). Spradlin finished with eight birdies to Shreve’s six, but bogeyed two of the last three holes.

Noah Spradlin took fourth overall with an 82 — just four strokes off his personal best of 78 on the same layout, scored on Oct. 23 — while Ethan Shreve threw around some trouble on a couple of baskets for an 84. Both Goodman and Josiah Spradlin completed their first round of glow disc golf, and each walked away with an 85. That mark for the younger Spradlin is only one stroke shy of his personal best on the same layout, thrown on Aug. 29. Also, it was only the second time on the course for Goodman and the first time on the 24-hole tournament layout.

The glow round was a joint event between Mile Lane Disc Golf and the Allegany County Disc Golf Club.

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