Bradley, Ward pull away to capture golf titles
October 15, 2010
WIESBADEN, Germany — Individual champs Elizabeth Ward of Ramstein and Mackenzie Bradley of Kaiserslautern worked their pre-round strategies to perfection, while Kaiserslautern’s boys team fulfilled a season-long goal Friday as the two-day 2010 DODDS-Europe golf championships concluded at Rheinblick Golf Course.
“My plan was to play each hole shot-by-shot,” Ward said after she broke away from a first-day tie with 2009 champ Hollie Salvo of Wiesbaden and claimed a 62-57 victory over the defending champ. “If I had a bad hole, I just had to forget about it.”
As it turned out, there was nothing to forget Friday for Ward, who birdied No. 4 and amassed points on every hole in the event scored under a modified Stableford system that awarded one point for double-bogey, two for bogey, three for par, four for birdie and six for eagle or ace.
Tied with Salvo at 27 points at the start of Friday’s final round, Ward, who won this event in 2008, forged a six-point lead at the turn and never looked back.
Or ahead, or to the side, for that matter. She was focused only on her game.
“I didn’t know I was ahead,” said the Ramstein senior, who placed second here as a freshman and junior.
Salvo, who carded three birdies on Friday, picked up points with a par on the par-3, 96-yard No. 15, but ran out of time thereafter.
“I was very inconsistent,” said the Wiesbaden junior, who’ll be moving to the Washington, D.C., area next summer. “If I’d had four or five more holes, I might have been able to catch her.”
Boys champion Bradley, a junior who led by four points after Day 1, like Ward concentrated solely on his game Friday.
“I tried to stay comfortable and not get ahead of myself,” he said. “I was focused on myself.”
Bradley, who opened with four straight pars en route to a two-day total of 85 points, said a sand save that produced a birdie on the par-5, 512-yard No. 6, greatly aided his comfort level.
“On the sixth, I managed to find a small greenside bunker,” he said. “I needed to get up and down from the trap for a birdie. I hit my best sand shot in a long time and sank the return putt.”
Bradley failed to score on the next two holes, but began the back nine with his second birdie of the day and rode three pars and four bogeys to the championship. His 44-point round tied Ramstein’s James Cho for the best round of the tournament, and helped Kaiserslautern claim the boys team title.
“The championship means a lot,” said Kaiserslautern senior Brennan Dickerson, who contributed 60 points to the Red Raiders’ top-four score of 270 points. “We’ve been working on it all year.”
Buoyed by Bradley’s 85 points and the No. 2-finish of senior Caleb Hayes (77 points), Gerry Oyan’s Red Raiders also got 48 points from Stephen Lewis to outdistance runner-up Ramstein by eight points and defending champion Heidelberg by 20. The outcome was forged under pressure because the Red Raiders qualified just four for the finals. There was no one to pick up the slack if one of the foursome faltered.
“It puts more pressure on you,” Dickerson said. “We didn’t want to let coach down.”
No school fielded more than two girls. Ward led the Lady Royals to that title for the second straight year. Michelle Turner added nine points for a total of 71.
With Wiesbaden incomplete with just one golfer, Salvo’s total didn’t count in the team race. Vileck, led by freshman Lauren Zachar’s 39 - good for third place in the individual standings - and Katie Cooper’s 15 was second in the team race at 54.
High school golfEuropean championshipsWIESBADEN, Germany — Final results from the two-day 2010 DODDS-Europe high school golf championships which ended Friday on the par-72 Rheinblick Golf Course, 6,239-yards for boys and 5,631-yards for girls. Scoring is modified Stableford awarding 1 point for double-bogey, 2 for bogey, 3 for par, 4 for birdie and 6 for eagle or ace. Teams require at least two players; up to top four counted.
BoysTeam scoringKaiserslautern 270, Ramstein 262, Heidelberg 250, Lakenheath 168, SHAPE 156, Vilseck 103, Bitburg 91, Patch 34IndividualsMackenzie Bradley (Kaiserslautern) 41-44—85Caleb Hayes (Kaiserslautern) 37-40—77Mike Baltich (Heidelberg) 37-39—76Jack Cannon (Heidelberg) 36-36—72James Cho (Ramstein) 27-44—71Jordan Linder (Ramstein) 36-32—68Frank Zachar (Vilseck) 30-36—66Christian Gunia (Ramstein) 25-38—63Ryan McDonnell (Lakenheath) 32-31—63Tyler Gillespie (Bitburg) 32-29—61Lucas Rockwell (Ramstein) 24-36—60Brennan Dickerson (Kaiserslautern) 29-31—60Rodolfo DeLeon (Ramstein) 30-28—58Joseph Patrick (Heidelberg) 30-26—56Zachary Price (SHAPE) 26-29—55Joe Broughton (SHAPE) 25-29—54Kwan Lee (Lakenheath) 20-29—49Stephen Lewis (Kaiserslautern) 23-25—48Nick Bradley (Ramstein) 27-21—48James Workman (SHAPE) 27-20—47David Nakazono (Heidelberg) 26-20—46Chris Olsen (Ramstein) 18-24—42David Gamblin (Ramstein) 18-20—38Drew Guffey (Ramstein) 16-21—37Chris Nelson (Vilseck) 21-16—37Kevin Coffell (Baumholder) 21-15—36Andi Abel (Ramstein) 19-17—36Bradley Cho (Ramstein) 17-18—35Jason Cahela (Heidelberg) 13-20—33Kenyon Twing (Lakenheath) 16-16—32Daren Aiken (Bitburg) 15-15—30Nathan Johnson (Heidelberg) 12-18—30Eric Ayers (Aviano) 13-14—27Colin McDonnell (Lakenheath) 15-9—24Billy Ellis (Patch) 10-9—19Kyle Wimble (Patch) 8-7—15Closest to the pin — PatrickLongest drive — Broughton
GirlsTeam scoringRamstein 71, Vilseck 54, Heidelberg 24, Lakenheath 16, Wiesbaden incompleteIndividualsElizabeth Ward (Ramstein) 27-35—62Hollie Salvo (Wiesbaden) 27-30—57Lauren Zachar (Vilseck) 18-21—39Aileen Donnelly (Heidelberg) 7-8—15Katie Cooper (Vilseck) 7-8—15Erika Larson (Lakenheath) 9-5--14Celina Frye (Heidelberg) 1-8—9Michelle Turner (Ramstein) 5-4—9Katherine O’Connor (Lakeenheath) 2-0—2Closest to the pin — ZacharLongest drive — Salvo