Back in 2013, the year that Marriotts Ridge golf embarked on what has become an unparalleled win streak against Howard County competition, George Williamson was just entering grade school.
On Wednesday at the Timbers at Troy, the Mustangs’ sophomore was the leader that helped make sure the streak lives on for at least another year.
Williamson scored a team-high 24 points and Marriotts Ridge prevailed in a battle of the unbeaten against River Hill, 87-77, to claim this year’s county team championship and extend its record streak to 89 consecutive victories. All four Mustangs — Williamson, Jonathan Moon, Aiden Kim and Sangmin Lee — scored 20 or more points to help hold off a Hawks’ team that got a match-best 29 points (2 under par) from Benjamin Siriboury.
“There’s a little bit of pressure with the streak, but I think even more than that there’s just excitement getting to be on this team,” Williamson said. “For me to have the best score today and to help the team, I feel honored. To keep the streak going means so much to all of us.”
The Marriotts Ridge boys weren’t the only ones celebrating after Wednesday’s round, as their girls counterparts also wrapped up a county championship courtesy of their third-straight undefeated regular season. The Mustangs’ girls edged River Hill 79-76, behind a match-high 23 points (4 over) from Alana Alexander-Giles.
“There absolutely is a similar pride for the girls in what they are building,” Marriotts Ridge coach Mark Dubbs said. “They have been rolling all season, including setting the [team score] record a few weeks ago, so it’s great to see them finish it off.”
In the boys’ match, it was River Hill that raced ahead in the first group. Siriboury and Mark Berg (22 points) built an early cushion by each making birdie on the par 5 second hole. Lee and Kim, meanwhile, each made a double bogey in the first three holes.
But Williamson and Moon were more than ready to pick up the slack. They outpaced their River Hill opponents by two or more strokes on each of the first four holes.
“Our top four are all really close, so we know that we can pick each other up,” Williamson said. “Jonathan and I knew that Sangmin and Aiden weren’t having their best round, so we just focused on making sure we were playing well to make up for it.”
Once Lee and Kim finally did start playing better, including making a birdie apiece coming down the stretch, it put River Hill in an insurmountable hole.
River Hill coach Matt Graves said that consistency from top to bottom is ultimately what has made Marriotts Ridge so tough to knock off over the years.
“They’ve put the bar at a very high level and anyone who wants to reach that level needs to have four kids that are playing very good golf at the same time,” Graves said. “Mark has done such a great job with their program and their kids have put in the work. They’ve earned everything they’ve gotten. For us, at this point, it’s just a matter of finding a way to get that monkey off our back against them.”
While River Hill fell short as a team, Siriboury once again showcased why he is among the best players in the state. After firing a 3 under round last week, he backed it up with a day that included seven pars and two birdies.
Heading into the District V tournament next Monday at Crofton Country Club, Siriboury owns the top scoring average in Howard County (27.5 points a match).
“I’m still working on my swing a little bit, but overall I’m getting there. The scores are definitely showing well,” Siriboury said. “I’m just trying to play with what I have … putting the ball in the right positions.”
For the girls, Alexander-Giles and Lila Becker (22 points) set the tone for Marriotts Ridge. Both players had a stretch of four consecutive pars at one point during their rounds. Erin Jeong (18 points) and Charlene Pak (16) rounded out the scores for the Mustangs.
Helen Yeung and Carolina Herrera led the way for River Hill with 22 points apiece. Herrera’s round was especially impressive considering it was a career-high and qualified her for the county championship tournament. Julia Baek (17 points) and Sydney Lynott (15) were the other scorers for the Hawks.
Marriotts Ridge 87, River Hill 77 (Boys)
MR (6-0): George Williamson 24, Jonathan Moon 22, Aiden Kim 21, Sangmin Lee 20.
RH (5-1): Benjamin Siriboury 29, Mark Berg 22, Keagan Graves 14, Cole Spies 12.
Marriotts Ridge 79, River Hill 76 (Girls)
MR (6-0): Alana Alexander-Giles 23, Lila Becker 22, Erin Jeong 18, Charlene Pak 16.
RH (5-1): Helen Yeung 22, Carolina Herrera 22, Julia Baek 17, Sydney Lynott 15.
OTHER BOYS SCORES
Long Reach 74, Howard 63 (Hobbits Glen)
LR (4-1-1): Jake Filler 22, Elliott Austraw 19, Amir Patel 17, Ethan An 16.
Ho (4-2): Krish Patel 19, Sean Dawes 19, Matt Baur 15, Brendan Sutch 10.
Centennial 82, Atholton 29 (Waverly Woods)
C (2-4): Dustin Stocksdale 27, Mason Roque 23, Ty Beck-Winter 16, Tyler Longwell 16.
A (3-3): West Peterson 12, Ivan Cho 6, Kyle Brown 6, Owen Scarborough 5.
Mount Hebron 71, Oakland Mills 2 (Willow Springs)
MH (3-1-1): Chris Bone 22, Evan McClure 18, Trey Kinberg 17, Beckett France-Kelly 14.
OM (0-6): Cayden Mood 2.
Reservoir 37, Hammond 30 (Fairway Hills)
Re (1-5): Finn Riley 12, Jack Holmes 11, Younus Alam 8, Nolan Baer 6.
Ha (1-5): Mason Walls 10, Sean Meklir 9, Jackson Mansolillo 6, Cooper Smith 5.
OTHER GIRLS SCORES
Centennial 51, Atholton 37 (Waverly Woods)
C (4-2): Reagan Hubbard 21, Hannah Fang 17, Sanika Shah 12, Lanting Zhu 1.
A (4-2): Cate Lee 21, Keira Wilkie 9, Clara Kadingo 7.
Long Reach 26, Howard 12 (Hobbits Glen)
LR (2-4): Emma Koech 15, Grace Simpson 11.
Ho (2-4): Andie Chung 6, Ashley Bui 5, Sydney Boris 1.
Oakland Mills 35, Mount Hebron 13 (Willow Springs)
OM (2-4): Chloe Koh 20, Kylee Hoffman 15.
MH (0-5): Ellie Clark 9, Julia Morton 4.
Reservoir 46, Hammond 8 (Fairway Hills)
Re (3-3): Riyana Patel 24, Payton Pullen 22.
Ha (0-6): Mikaela Meer 6, Claudia D’Aguanno 1, Krista Mathew 1.