There’s the routine way to shoot a 1-over-par 72: fairway, green, two-putt, and throw in a birdie here and a bogey there. Then there’s the Jacob Darr way: three “shanks,” a garden variety of ups-and-downs, shoes untied and all.
Despite his somewhat erratic style of play on Wednesday at a Mid-Atlantic PGA Junior Tour event at the University of Maryland, College Park, Darr shot a 72 to win the boys 14-15 age group by one shot over Lee Detmer, who has four top-10 finishes on the year, and Potomac resident Davis Lamb.
“I could have done a lot better, really,” Darr said after receiving his gold first place flag. “I lipped out a lot of putts, I had three shanks but I got up-and-down. I didn’t hit many greens on the front.”
Darr teed off on the back nine and found himself 3-over through six holes after back-to-back bogeys on the 14th and 15th.
“It was a lot of scrambling,” he said.
His swing came together on his second nine — the course’s front. He had no bogeys over the final nine holes and converted two birdies to close with a 33 to total a 72 and pick up his second tour victory in three days. On July 30 the Middletown High School freshman entered a tournament at his high school’s home course, Hollow Creek, and earned a 3-shot victory with a 2-over 73.
Philip Addington, a Middletown senior, nearly matched his future teammate’s victory. Addington’s 5-over 76 led the first 12 players in the boys 16-18 age group to enter the clubhouse but he was bumped out after Hampstead resident Anthony Coppa, a junior at Manchester Valley in Carroll County, fired a tournament-low 71 which held for an easy 5-stroke victory.
Coppa, who admits he is wild off the tee, said the relatively unguarded fairways were a big reason for his second-lowest career score.
“I always usually play pretty well here actually,” he said. “You can get away with miss-hits with the driver.”
Coppa avoided big numbers, finishing with just two bogeys which he countered with two birdies for his even-par 71. Addington wished he could say the same.
The Middletown senior gave away three shots with an ugly triple-bogey on the third, one of the easiest holes the course has to offer.
“I was really hitting the driver well and whenever I hit fairways the round generally goes well,” he said. “But I hit it out-of-bounds right on three and I made a triple.”
The second-place finish is Addington’s best of the year with just one tournament left before what should be a promising high school season for the Knights gets under way.
The boys 10-11 age group was commanded by William Klein, a
Bethesda resident and Georgetown Day student William Klein won the boys 10-11 age group. His age group plays only nine holes, and he made par on eight of them en route to a 5-shot victory.
“My putting wasn’t really on today but it was a pretty good round,” he said after picking up his first-place flag.
The win marks Klein’s third of the year to go along with his two runner-up finishes at Suburban and Reston earlier this summer.
Kensington resident Kathleen Hanley, 16, cruised to a 5-shot victory in the girls 15-18 age group, tallying her fourth top-3 finish on the year. Graysen Bright, 14, of Rockville, captured her fourth win this summer in the girls 12-14 age group with a 73. Bethesda resident Lena Capoccia, 12, followed in a tie for second with 76.