Dulaney's Dollenberg to defend title State golf playoffs begin tomorrow

October 28, 1992|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Kristin Dollenberg and Eddie Lipski practice at opposite ends of the day, but they will be together tomorrow and Friday when they are among the entries for the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's annual golf championship at the University of Maryland.

The two seniors are among six Dulaney High School students who will be vying for team and individual honors in the two-day, 36-hole championship. Dollenberg is the defending champion in the girls division.

In Baltimore County, golf is a spring sport. There is no formal fall program. Still, teams and individuals were permitted to enter the district qualifying tournament.

In the district event that involved Baltimore County, Dulaney won the team title and qualified two additional individuals for the state tournament.

Lipski will be joined on the team by senior Ryan Mohre, junior Tim Moores and sophomore Jonathon Steckler. With a cutoff score of 89 needed to advance as an individual, Dollenberg and senior Paul Mayni also posted qualifying scores.

For the fall period, "I get in my practice, especially chipping and putting, before school. It's a nice quiet time," said Dollenberg, 16, who has an 11 handicap at Baltimore Country Club.

"I do my work at night," said Lipski, 18, a 3-handicapper at Hillendale CC. "It often means bringing spotlights or some such from home, but I get in chipping and practice that way, usually between 9 and 11."

Last summer, both qualified for the Junior World Optimist championships in California. Dollenberg was the girls medalist in the Maryland event.

Each played in several American Junior Golf Association tournaments.

"It was a great experience playing in the same tournaments as some nationally ranked players," Dollenberg said. "It really helped."

Dollenberg, a three-time Baltimore County champion in golf and a 4.0 student in the classroom, had her best season last summer. Her efforts included winning the girls division of the season-ending Tournament of Champions conducted by the Junior Golfers of Washington.

At College Park this week (a 9 a.m. shotgun start each day), Dulaney and Arundel, another district titlist, will be among 17 teams. Overall, 113 boys and 13 girls have qualified for the championships.

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