Spradlin turns tables, edges von Hagel

Next up: Thursday, Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. at Central

MOUNT SAVAGE — The box score of Tuesday night’s Allegany County Disc Golf Club glow round at Mile Lane Disc Golf Course in Mount Savage would indicate that, once again, everything came down to baskets 14 and 15.

But No. 10 sure didn’t help.

Kevin Spradlin, 43, of Frostburg, flipped the script on Ethan von Hagel, 20, of Cumberland, and earned a two-stroke victory this time around. Spradlin finished with a two under par 52 while von Hagel threw a 54.

Luke Spradlin-Vogelsang, 9, of Frostburg, shaved three strokes off his personal best on the 18-hole layout from the short tees and logged a 70. His effort was just shy of finishing with a 60-anything for the second time; the Beall Elementary School fourth-grader tossed a 69 on Dec. 8 at Central in Cumberland. At Mile Lane on the 18-hole layout, the youngster’s previous best was a 73 shot on June 20.

Between the two adults, Tuesday’s round was a turn of the tables compared to a glow round on Dec. 2. Then, von Hagel threw a 54 for the two-stroke win. He birdied No. 14 for a lead and doubled it one basket later by throwing for par compared to Spradlin’s bogey.

This time, von Hagel threw for par on 14 and bogeyed 15. The story, though, started a few baskets earlier. Von Hagel reached the midway point two under par with a 25. Spradlin was only a stroke behind. On No. 10, though, von Hagel ran into trouble when he tried to run a long putt from near the wooden swing to the elevated basket. The disc landed short, then used the slick, icy crust covering a few inches of snow to slide down the backyard slope towards the tree line. The lie ended up further away than von Hagel’s first putt attempt.

Von Hagel finished with a double bogey while Spradlin threw for par, which resulted in a two-stroke swing and a one-stroke lead for Spradlin — his first lead since No. 1. Von Hagel birdied No. 12 to forge a tie, but Spradlin birdied No. 14 to take a one-stroke lead he wouldn’t relinquish.

Spradlin’s effort tied his best over the 18-hole layout. He threw the same score on Nov. 29.

Von Hagel acknowledged some putting woes during recent rounds — they continued to ail him Tuesday night. He also was the unfortunate recipient of a couple of spit-outs that went just past the lines of belief when the disc hit the chains and basket but bounced out anyway.

The Allegany County Disc Golf Club has two more rounds scheduled for 2022. The first is a 2 p.m. tee time at Central in Cumberland on Thursday (Dec. 29). The second is  a New Year’s Eve glow round at Mile Lane in Mount Savage. Tee time is 6 p.m.

Winter Doubles League competition begins Jan. 1 at The Glades at Meshach Run in Accident. Tee time is 2 p.m.



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