In each of the past two seasons, Eleanor Roosevelt High School senior Ishmael Jabbie has gradually climbed to the upper echelon of the county golfers. The Raiders graduated their top player, Bryan Morris, last year so it will be up to Jabbie to lead the squad to its sixth straight county and region title.
“Ishmael is one of those guys who can play two different sports really well,” Roosevelt coach Troy Bradbury said. “For him, I think the toughest choice is going to be whether or not to play basketball at a big school or play golf for a small school. I think he’s going to stick with basketball, but I’m looking for him to have another good season for us this fall.”
Jabbie leads a Roosevelt group that lacks the overall depth of previous teams, which has Bradbury believing the Raiders are hardly the favorites to successfully defend their five-year reign atop the standings. Joining Jabbie are senior Andrew Hung, sophomore Lance Jewell and several newcomers.
“My guess is Oxon Hill has to be the favorite this year,” Bradbury said. “I know DeMarkis Cooper graduated, 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 guys who can score, but I don’t know whether or not my fourth player can break 100.”
Charles H. Flowers will have a rookie coach in Arielle Dawson, a Jaguars’ graduate and former player. Brandon Davis, Alison Ambrose, Taylor Anderson and Cameron Barton all are expected to return.
“Our first practice at Enterprise was good,” said Dawson, a 2013 Towson University graduate. “... I’m always about practice and work. It was different at first and I wasn’t sure that I could take it on, but it’s good to be on the other side.”
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.”
Riverdale Baptist is the lone county private school that plays golf in the fall. The Crusaders return two key players, juniors Cheyenne Nelson and Zion Johnson.