Crofton Golfer Places Third, Named Espn All-american

March 06, 1992

Last weekend, while the golf world was focused on the Los Angeles Open and young Eldrick "Tiger" Woods, Crofton's own Gary Carpenter was posting some impressive numbers of his own at the Woodlands Country Club in Houston.

Playing at the seventh and final stop of the ESPN-sponsored Junior Tour, Carpenter turned in a two-round total of 151, earning third place in a 140-player field.

Carpenter's third-place finish at Woodlands, combined with an early season second at Marco Island, Fla., and an 18th-place finish in Phoenix, Ariz., qualified him as one of the tour's top 25 players and earned him ESPN High School All-American status.

On Saturday, an opening round of 79 left the Arundel High junior in 30th place -- six shots in back of the leaders.

Sunday saw the young Crofton CountryClub player tour the 6,800-yard course in even par 72, vaulting over27 players to finish third.

"I had it at two under late in the round," said Carpenter, who last fall led Arundel to its first state title.

"I just played a little conservative coming home and let the course play me. I knew I needed to finish in the top 10 in this eventto have a chance for overall honors."

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