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Friday, June 12, 2015
Navarro Is MIAA Winner
From the Capital Gazette:
there was anything else Archbishop Spalding's Chris Navarro had to
prove on the golf course, he did it this year.
will play at the University of Maryland, won the Maryland Interscholastic
Athletic Association title for the second straight year and third in his four
years. The Capital Gazette Communications' Private School Golfer of the Year is
just the second player in MIAA history to win three league titles in a career.
He won the title as a freshman, came in second by one stroke as a sophomore
before winning the next two years.
terrific player," Archbishop Spalding coach Pete Van Zandt said. "A
great teammate and competitor. Chris is universally liked and admired
throughout the MIAA, garnering the respect of both the coaches and the
Navarro, who shot a two-day total of 143 at the MIAA championships at Sparrows
Point Country Club on April 29, won by two strokes over McDonogh's Rij Patel.
Navarro also helped the Cavaliers coast to a 21-stroke victory in the team
portion of the championship. The Cavaliers' team carded a total score of 599,
the second-lowest total ever shot in the 33-year history of the league.
"After winning my freshman year, then losing my sophomore year…that really
motivated me," Navarro said. "I really wanted to prove myself, and
that motivated me to improve."
Navarro shot a 35 at the match play championships on May 16 at Caves Valley
Golf Club to help the Cavaliers capture the team title with a victory over St.
Paul's. Navarro and teammate Matt Starobin won six of a possible seven points
to get the Cavaliers rolling toward the title.
definitely think there is a different strategy," said Navarro, on the
difference between match and stroke play. "In stroke play, you're playing
against the course and the field. In match play, the main goal is to beat your
opponent and you just have to shoot a lower score."
The championship victory capped an unprecedented four-year run of success for
the Spalding golf program. The class of 2015 golfers tallied a four-year,
regular-season record of 31-2-1. During that time, they also won the stroke
play championship twice and the match play championship twice. The Cavaliers
placed four players in the top ten in the MIAA stroke play championship this
"This year was probably one of our more successful years. The whole team
played great and we never really got down," Navarro said. "We felt
like we were in control of every match. It was a good way to end the four
Navarro, who said he's been golfing since age 7, will spend his summer playing
in as many amateur events as he can as he gets ready to play for the University
of Maryland. The Davidsonville resident, who claims Crofton Country Club as his
home course, is playing in the Maryland State Amateur Golf Championship this
"I want to play four good years at Maryland and see how I progress,"
Navarro said. "My main goal is to get better each year."