Osbourn Coach Barry Sudduth has said all season that his team's success would depend on how the fourth golfer performed. In Osbourn's dual-match victory against Osbourn Park on Sept. 15, Sudduth's observation proved right-on.
Senior Matt Krawczyk, Osbourn's steadily improving No. 4, shot a team-best score of 3-over-par 30 as the Eagles defeated the Yellow Jackets, 125-132, at Broad Run golf course in a seven-hole match that was shortened from nine holes because of poor weather.
The victory helped the Eagles win the Cedar Run District's regular season title and assured them a Northwestern Region tournament berth. Osbourn Park had won every regular season and tournament title since the district's formation in 2001.
"We needed a fourth man to step up, and Matt stepped up for us," Sudduth said of Krawczyk, an All-Extra tennis and hockey player who missed the early part of the season while on summer vacation with his family. "I think he was getting into a groove there, and he had confidence."
Although it didn't affect the regular season race, Osbourn Park got a measure of revenge last week with a 159-164 victory over Osbourn in a tri-match at Piedmont that also included Battlefield.
Osbourn Park's Daniel Kefale led all golfers at 4 under par, but both the Yellow Jackets and Eagles were missing key players: Krawczyk was sidelined by illness, and Osbourn Park All-Extra Alan MacMullin was out with an injured shoulder.
The health of both could be a factor at Tuesday's district tournament, the fourth meeting for the two teams this season.
"Our guys fully expect to win the district tournament and get a region berth," Osbourn Park Coach Mike Foley said. "But of course, the proof is in the pudding."
Proof Is in the Putting
Putting certainly has made the difference in Forest Park junior Brady Williams's game.
After working on his stance, swing and greens strategy, Williams has lowered his scores from the 50s to the low 40s and has played an important role for the Bruins, who defeated Woodbridge, 166-183, on Wednesday to secure the Cardinal District regular season title and improve to 12-1 this season.
"We changed his putting style and he has become deadly on the greens. . . . He has a hot putter now," Forest Park Coach Babette Overman said. "He has put on another 30 to 40 yards to his iron play, and he has improved tremendously."
Woodbridge should be the closest competition for defending district champion Forest Park at the Cardinal tournament tomorrow morning at Montclair Country Club.