Evan Katz, a recent graduate of Landon School, fired a 1-under-par 37-34–71 at
Worthington Manor Golf Club and took the opening-round lead in the 84th Frank
Emmet Schoolboy championship, June 21.
Elliott Haas, a rising junior at nearby Urbana High School, matched par with
36-36–72 for the 6,695-yard course in Frederick county, trailed by Kyle Balow,
Quince Orchard High School, 36-37–73. Forty five players returned a score, and
will play a second round, June 22. At that point, the low 25 scorers and those
within 10 shots of the lead will advance to a final round, June 23.
Katz, 18, a Washington resident headed for Duke University in the fall, had
four birdies (all but one on putts inside of 10 feet), three bogeys (all the
result of missed greens). He was in position for another birdie when he reached
the green of the par-5 ninth in two, then three-putted for par.
Last year, Katz was a runner-up in the Maryland State Juniors and two years ago,
he opened the Schoolboy with a 66, then added 75-74 to land on 215 and in third place,
three strokes behind winner Tyler Koch, La Plata High School.
Where Haas’ round was fairly routine, Balow had only four pars on his card, as he was
good with seven birdies, but not so good with six bogeys and a double-bogey.
Pieter DeGroot, from Gonzaga, a former U.S. Junior qualifying medalist and winner of
last year’s Ricketts tournament, recovered from an early “triple” and used two back-nine
birdies to get to 74. He was joined there by Keegan Shreves, Georgetown Prep, who
birdied the 18th, and Kevin Johnson, Gonzaga.
For the first time, a “School” team trophy using the two lowest scorers will be awarded.
The leading teams are Gonzaga-2 (it entered three teams) with DeGroot and Johnson
combining for 148, followed by Quince Orchard, with Kyle and Ryan Balow, 149.
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