Warder sinks 21-foot putt to edge von Hagel in playoff

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MOUNT SAVAGE — David Warder didn’t want the camera on him when he was going for the putt on his 24th and final hole in regulation. He made it from roughly 15 feet out, though, and forced a playoff with Ethan von Hagel.

In overtime, all eyes — and the camera — were on the two players on Sunday afternoon at Mile Lane Disc Golf in Mount Savage during a casual round with the Allegany County Disc Golf Club.

Ethan von Hagel teeing off from No. 12 long.

Seven other players formed a mobile gallery as Warder, 32, of Frostburg, and von Hagel, 20, of Cumberland, played No. 17 from the long tee as the first playoff hole. The consensus was the configuration of the path to the black basket sitting by Mile Lane was favorable to the lefty von Hagel. Warder threw first, and his tee shot sailed until it hit a tree and kicked left, further away from the basket. Von Hagel’s tee shot was high and hit a tree near the shed.

Both von Hagel and Warder then gave a clinic on how approach shots can save a player from a bad tee shot. Von Hagel missed a putt from about 25 feet out that kept Warder alive. The first playoff, then, was a wash.

The second playoff hole was from the long No. 2 tee pad on the asphalt to the orange basket in the middle of the island hole. Of course, this was no island hole. Players were not permitted to throw over the house; they had to go around. If the layout of the first playoff hole seemed to favor von Hagel, this one, on paper, went to Warder. However, neither player had the kind of drive off the tee they probably envisioned.

From his drive lie, von Hagel attempted to go to the right of the shed with his newly developed forehand. It might have been great, had a tree right near the corner of the shed not stepped in its path. Warder, meanwhile, sliced a forehand hyzer from near the back porch and around the left of the shed. His disc landed on the far side of the circle comprised of wooden poles roughly 27 feet from the pin.

That meant Warder would have a chance with a putt, which made von Hagel’s third throw all the more important. His backhand-thrown disc dropped quickly, hitting a tree that offered small but favorable kick to the left and towards the wooden circle.

Warder’s putt, though, skimmed the chains and spit out left, the near side of the disc landing precariously on top of one of the wooden poles. He was 20 feet away.

Von Hagel, on his fourth throw, had to make his putt from about 21 feet, 6 inches away from the pin. The wind was negligible. Von Hagel rocked back and forth with the motion — once, twice, thrice — a total of eight times, either partially or full range, before letting go. The disc sailed to the right, tapping the outermost edge of the cage before falling to the ground a few feet from the basket.

Von Hagel didn’t get another chance. This time, Warder — with the camera and the eyes of von Hagel and seven other spectators on nothing but him — threw with a justified self-confidence. Nothing but chains.

Warder and von Hagel tied after 24 holes with a 10 under par 64. The father-son duo of Scott Mallery and Colby Mallery finished in a tie for third, each with a 69. Tim Farris, 26, of Wiley Ford, W.Va., was fifth with a 72, while Bill Shreve, 46, of Cumberland, was sixth with a 73. Noah Spradlin, 23, of Frostburg, placed seven with a 76 (beating his previous best mark by two strokes). Shania Farris, 26, of Wiley Ford, and Kevin Spradlin, 44, of Frostburg, each scored a 77 to finish tied for eighth.

Only the Spradlins and Ethan von Hagel played 1-12, 1-12. Players on the other two cards played the holes in a different order.

Ethan von Hagel teeing off from No. 12 long.

David Warder makes the putt on the second playoff hole to seal the casual club round victory.


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