Monday’s record-tying round at Chevy Chase Club began with a duck hook that settled underneath a towering oak tree. Georgetown Prep senior Davis Lamb followed his opening tee shot at the Interstate Athletic Conference championship with a 5-iron punch-out that skirted underneath a tree limb and careened over the green, leaving him staring at a potential bogey right out of the gate.
Yet the Notre Dame commit was unfazed.
“It happens to everybody, hitting a bad first tee shot,” Lamb said. “It’s not something you can let ruin your whole round.”
Lamb sank a hard-breaking, downhill 15-footer to save par, setting the tone for a bogey-free round of 4-under-par 66 that secured his first IAC individual title. His score tied former Georgetown Prep standout Kevin Vollmer’s IAC tournament-record 66 set in 2003, though Vollmer’s round took place on Shenandoah Valley Country Club’s par-72 layout.
“It’s not always a lot of fun to start with a bogey, so to make that kind of calmed me down a little bit and set the course for the rest of the round,” Lamb said. “I haven’t played particularly well at IACs the last three years, so to be able to go out like this feels really good.”
The putt spurred a hot start on the opening nine holes. Lamb birdied Nos. 3, 4 and 5 to make the turn at 3-under 32, then made up for some wayward approach shots with a steady short game that salvaged eight pars on the back.
Landon junior John Kalavritinos nearly forced a playoff with a scorching finish. He birdied Nos. 16 and 17 to get to 3 under, then watched his slippery eight-foot birdie putt slide just past the hole on 18, giving him a second-place 67.
Georgetown Prep’s total of 363 eclipsed two-time defending IAC champion Landon in the team competition, thanks to three seniors who posted their best rounds of the season. Mike Jones came in with an even-par 70, and Mike Magnarelli carded a 74. Jack Rolle notched a 76 and Keegan Shreves recorded a 77 to give the Little Hoyas five rounds under 80.
“The seniors came through today,” Georgetown Prep Coach Bob Barry said. “They played some of their best golf. That’s what did it.”
Landon finished seven strokes back, as junior Jeff Samit fired a 70 and Duke commit Evan Katz shot a 73. Episcopal placed third with 402 and Bullis finished fourth with 410.
Landon, which beat Prep by 11 strokes in their head-to-head matchup earlier this season, can still finish as co-IAC champ if it wins its remaining matches against Bullis and St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes.