Arundel takes county golf title

October 21, 1992|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

A lingering frost on the greens at Eisenhower Golf Course yesterday delayed the start of the Anne Arundel County golf tournament. But, not even Mother Nature could deny Arundel High School its second consecutive county championship.

The Wildcats (321) weathered the crisp autumn temperatures, easily defeating runner-up Severna Park (338) with 16 strokes to spare.

Senior Gary Carpenter, who paced Arundel to county, region and state titles last season, shot a 39-3675 to capture medalist honors for the third straight year.

"I didn't putt as well as I wanted to, but I hit the ball real well," said Carpenter, who had two birdies, 12 pars, two bogeys and two-double bogeys. "I was consistent. I didn't make a lot of putts, but I hit a lot of greens. Basically, it was a boring round."

Severna Park's David Orso helped Carpenter overcome that boredom and stay focused on the feat at hand.

"Dave's a real good competitor and a real good player and he got the best of me at districts, so I really wanted to beat him here," said Carpenter, whose 79 at Bear Creek Golf Course was a stroke behind Orso. "It really gave me some incentive to beat him today."

After birdieing the par-3 hole at No. 6 to tie Carpenter, Orso found himself "in jail" when his tee shot went left to right and into the woods. Orso took a 7 on the par-5 hole and Carpenter made par to take a two-shot lead.

"I pushed my drive to the right, right into the trees and he birdied the next hole," said Orso about Carpenter's 2 on the 173-yard eighth hole. "That was the big turnaround. After that, he just kept the lead the whole time and never faltered. He played real well."

Complementing Carpenter's round were teammates Kris Niemi (81), Paul Wills (82) and his brother, sophomore Scott Carpenter (83). Niemi tied Broadneck's James Bae for second low-medalist honors, and Orso and Wills tied for fourth.

Glen Burnie captured the B Division title with 378 team points, followed closely by John Irvine's Chesapeake squad and North County, each with 388. Matt Berzinski of Chesapeake was the low B Division finisher with a 44-4387.

Carol Nutt said she was "excited" to win another county title, but the Wildcats veteran coach said she won't start celebrating until her team successfully defends its state title next week at the University of Maryland.

"From the first day of practice, our goal has been to defend our state title," Nutt said. "Right now, we're playing very consistent, so I don't see why we shouldn't."

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