After two rounds of competition at the 2017 Special Olympics North America National Invitational Tournament (NIT) Team Maryland athletes and Unified partners will be advancing to the medal round on Wednesday June 28th, 2017.
Level 1- Individual Skills Competition
Anaelle El-Or from Frederick County turned in a first round 41 and then improved on day 2 with a 34 for a two day total of 75 points
James Bartgis from Frederick County was a model of consistency going through the skills stations with a 52 in both rounds for a final round of 104 points.
Linda Maddox also from Fredrick County opened strong with a 36 in the first round and followed that up with a 42 in round 2 bringing her two day total to 78 points.
Level 2- Unified Sports Alternate Shot Team Play Competition (9-hole)
The Unified team from Frederick County made up of Greg Fuss and Unified partner Cliff Olson opened round one with a 69. They made some adjustments and came back on round two with a 9 stroke improvement. Scoring a 60.
They finished the qualifying rounds with a 129.
The other Level 2 team from the Upper Shore of Todd Pulleyn and Unified partner Ryan Freeman came out of day one with a 74 but stormed back on day two and finished with a 66. An 8 stroke improvement leaving them with a two day total of 140.
Level 3-Unified Sports Alternate Shot Team Play Competition (18 hole)
Russell Buchanan and Tom McGuire, Unified partner of Carroll County went through the first two days of the competition registering a 123 on Monday and improving by 14 strokes on Tuesday to score 109. This took their two day total to 232 as they enter the medal rounds. They hope to take this hot hand into the final day of competition.
The father-son Level 3 team made up of Steve Summerfelt Jr. and Steve Summerfelt Sr. from Anne Arundel County opened round one with a 101 highlighted by Steve Jr. sinking a 30 foot put to save one of the holes. They then shaved 2 strokes off on Tuesday to shoot a 99, breaking 100 for the day. They enter the medal round with a two day total of 200.
Level 4- Individual Stroke Play Competition (9 hole)
William Montague from the Upper Shore program opened round one with an impressive 65 and followed that with a 69 on Tuesday to put him at 134 going into the final day of competition.
The final round of competition taking place at Willows Run Golf Club in Seattle, Washington will be decided on the greens and fairways today.
We will post final results once they are received.
Good Luck to all the Team Maryland athletes.
This article was written by Special Olympics Maryland