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Seventh-year Riverdale Baptist School golf coach Bob Groves expects to have a full complement of six golfers this fall while guiding the Crusaders.

But he is unsure of his lineup. His two primary starters are returning juniors Cheyenne Nelson and Zion Johnson. It will be Johnson’s third year on the team and Nelson’s second. Riverdale Baptist plays in the four-team Maryland Independent Schools Athletic League.

“I really won’t know until next week how many I’ll have,” Groves said. “But I know Cheyenne and Zion are back for another season and they’ll be our two main players. “We [other schools in their small conference] get to play each other twice and the teams are getting stronger each year. It’s good for the kids that they get exposed to the game and the competition at this age.”

Eleanor Roosevelt returns the county’s top public school golfer in senior Ishmael Jabbie and the Raiders should also have Andrew Hung and Lance Jewell on the course. But 12th-year coach Troy Bradbury hardly considers his squad the favorite to win its sixth straight district and county title.

“My guess is Oxon Hill has to be the favorite this year,” Bradbury said. “I know they graduated DeMarkis Cooper, but I think {Clippers’ coach] Pua [Ponafala] has four or five returning strong players. That’s probably what’s going to make the difference in the district and county tournaments. I have three players who can score, but I don’t know if my fourth player can break 100.”

Prince George’s County golfers will play the first nine holes at a set course this fall and those who score well on the front nine will have the chance to play the back nine.

“For the first two matches, the cut is 55, but after that it goes to 50,” Douglass coach Jim Woods said. “Usually Roosevelt has four or five guys that play all 18 and usually Bowie and Flowers have one or two, but right now I have nobody.”

tblack@gazette.net