DIAA State Championships Day Two: Maple Dale - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Kolbjornsen, Lydic, Archmere Academy take hardware

Matt Kolbjornsen started taking golf seriously this past year and there were many times where he wanted to quit.

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Kolbjornsen, a lifelong football player, dedicated his time at Odessa National Golf Club to getting better at the game. 

Kolbjornsen, aided by his nerves of steel, birdied the first playoff hole to hold off Round One leader Jack Homer of the Tatnall School to claim his first DIAA (Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association) Boys’ Championship title Wednesday at Maple Dale Country Club (par 72, 6,109 yards).

Archmere Academy claimed the Team Championship by one shot over Tatnall School and Caesar Rodney with a two-day total of 35-over-par 539. In Round One, the four best scores of the six team members counted toward the team total. In Round Two, the three best of six scores counted.

Kolbjornsen, a senior at Middletown High School, roped a 9-iron on No. 16 (par 3, 149 yards) to five feet to take the title.

“I think this is just a result of all of the hard work I put in and the sacrifices my parents made,” Kolbjornsen, 17, of Middletown, Del., said. “It wasn’t easy. There were a lot of nights where I wanted to quit and give up on golf, but I still kept the faith that I could accomplish something in the game. It is awesome that it all came to fruition.”

He faced an 8-footer on No. 18 (par 5, 508 yards) to win the tournament outright.


“I wanted to make that putt but I just missed it,” Kolbjornsen said. “In the playoff, I knew there was a chance I wouldn’t have another putt to win. So I locked in and focused on making a good stroke. When it went in there was a ton of adrenaline that went through my body. It was sweet to see my teammates and parents douse me in water.”

After the first hole (par 4, 363 yards) of the final round, Kolbjornsen was six back of Homer. He made a double bogey to Homer’s par. He recovered quickly with a chip-in eagle on No. 2 (par 5, 444 yards). From that point on, he made one birdie and one bogey. He finished his round with 12 consecutive pars.

“I was trying to shoot something in the 60s,” Kolbjornsen said. “I knew I was going to have to try to catch Jack Homer and Win Thomas. I was able to steady the ship after a bad start and capitalize on both of their mistakes coming in.”

His steadiness will come in handy later this year. He has his sights set on pilot school, with a school and location still to be determined. But golf isn’t leaving him any time soon.

“I feel like I should see what else I can do in golf outside of high school,” Kolbjornsen said. “When you win something you can’t just stop playing. You have to keep at it and prove you can do it again.”

Lydic takes second title

In 2021, Sarah Lydic started her high school career by claiming her first DIAA Girls’ Championship title at Maple Dale as a member of Sussex Academy.

Three years later, playing for Indian River High School, Lydic ends her high school career with a win. The incoming freshman at Wake Forest University took her second DIAA title with a two-day total of 8-under-par 136 at Maple Dale (par 72, 5,363 yards). She beat Tower Hill Academy junior Sawyer Brockstedt by five.

“I wanted to go out and enjoy my last one of these,” Lydic, 18, of Ocean View, Del., said. “I talked with my coach at Wake Forest last night and she told me to make the day memorable. I didn’t overthink the round. I just went out and did what I know how to do.”


Through six holes, the Indian River senior was 4 under. Highlighted by a 35-footer for eagle on No. 6 (par 5, 430 yards). After mixing three birdies and three bogeys on Nos. 7 through 16, Lydic closed the book on her high school career with birdies on Nos. 17 (par 4, 268 yards) and 18 (par 5, 442 yards). 

“I was kind of shocked at how quickly I started out there,” Lydic, of Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club, said. “ I knew that I would have a couple of mistakes throughout the round but for the most part I played quite well.”

She stuffed a 60-degree wedge from 56 yards to a foot on No. 17 and pured a 50-degree wedge from 90 yards to eight feet. 

“Maple Dale has been good to me over the years,” Lydic said. “I love to hit my wedges and Maple Dale sets up for a lot of them. If you can keep the ball in play, the scoring opportunities are out there.”

Sarah’s sister Hannah, a Division I golfer at the University of Richmond, won the DIAA Girls’ title in 2022 as a member of Sussex Academy in her senior year as well.

“Changing schools once my sister Hannah graduated was hard,” Sarah Lydic said. “I felt like I was alone in a sense. But I had so much support from so many people that I was able to get through that. In a sense, when I start at Wake Forest it might be lonely because of all the new people I’ll meet and places I will go, but I am so excited for the opportunity I have worked hard for.”


Celebrating Amateur Golf since 1897, GAP, also known as the Golf Association of Philadelphia, is the oldest regional or state golf association in the United States. It serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. The organization’s 345 Member Clubs and 110,000 individual members are spread across Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland. The GAP’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Boys’ Individual
Name, schoolR1R2Total
*Matthew Kolbjornsen, Middletown HS7572147
*Jack Homer, Tatnall School7176147
Win Thomas, Tatnall School7376149
Nicholas Belgrade, Salesianum School8072152
Evan Gebhart, Caesar Rodney8172153
Davin Lysik, Charter School7677153
Gavin Garrison, Caesar Rodney7678154
Henry Nowak, Archmere Academy8273155
Robert Lohkamp, Wilm Friends7679155
Zachary Antao, Wilm Friends8076156
Grant Burkhart, Salesianum School8374157
Joseph Crissman, Caesar Rodney8177158
Hayden Barr, Polytech HS7979158
Caleb Ritchey, Delmar HS/MS7880158
Michael Dignazio, Tower Hill7781158
Avery Brown, Delmarva Christian8179160
Beckett Chipman, Tatnall School7981160
Jake Lairdieson, Archmere Academy7783160
Luke LaScala, Salesianum School7882160
James Campbell, Charter School8477161
Anthony Manzi, Salesianum School8478162
Kenton Lightburn, Mt. Pleasant8181162
Joshua Emel, Salesianum School8181162
Jake Hollerback, Sussex Central7983162
Thomas Weekes, Middletown HS8084164
Joe Ciconte, Tatnall School8778165
Joseph Kelly, Salesianum School8481165
Robert Healy, Cape Henlopen8283165
Michael Liu, Archmere Academy7887165
Lance McQuay, Delmarva Christian8680166
Noah Marcelle, Milford HS8383166
James Watterton, Polytech HS8185166
Justin Pal, Newark Charter8681167
Luke Bunting, Sussex Tech8582167
Brody Seip, Polytech HS8285167
Dylan Everett, Appoquinimink HS8682168
Quinn Glass, Polytech HS8781168
Dominic Piperno, Sussex Academy8682168
Colin Burke, Odessa High8584169
Kingston Davis, Cape Henlopen8386169
Austin Dostal, Sussex Academy8387170
Joel Perry, Delmarva Christian8288170
Maxwell Laznik, Newark Charter8685171
Patrick Coates, Charter School8587172
Nathan Torgerson, Appoquinimink HS8488172
Joshua Weigand, Wilm Friends8390173
Shane Klapinsky, DE Military8688174
Riley Horsey, Smyrna HS8690176
Aidan Quintana, Middletown HS8493177
Cade Wallace, St. Georges8692178
Jacob Gabbard, Cape Henlopen8198179
Damon Edwards, Dover HS8793180
Nate Zehner, Tower Hill8794181
*Determined in a playoff
Girls’ Individual
Name, schoolR1R2Total
Sarah Lydic, Indian River7066136
Sawyer Brockstedt, Tower Hill7368141
Kylie Yiengst, Polytech HS6975144
Danielle Higbee, Archmere Academy8173154
Hannah Webb, Archmere Academy7582157
Reagan Garnsey, Caesar Rodney7983162
Meredith Finger, Archmere Academy8678164
Krista Brosius, Caesar Rodney8189170
Ashley Morgan, Caesar Rodney8685171
Anna Firko, Concord HS8191172
Team ChampionshipR1R2Total
Archmere Academy315224539
Tatnall School310230540
Caesar Rodney313227540
Polytech HS311235546
Salesianum School322224546
Tower Hill328243571
Wilm Friends327245572
Charter School334241575
Middletown HS330249579
Delmarva Christian340247587
Cape Henlopen335267602

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