Spry, Wills on top of games Old Mill and Arundel boast golfers of year

November 15, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Bruce Lawton still recalls the day in February when Wendy Spry, a transfer student from Germany, approached him about his Old Mill golf team.

"I had her in [physical education] class and she said she played," said Lawton, shortly after learning that Spry had claimed the girls individual state title at the University of Maryland Golf Course. "I found out today that she really can play."

Spry, who has been selected The Baltimore Sun for Anne Arundel County Female Golfer of the Year, showed nearly everyone she faced this season that she can not only play the game, but play it with the consistency and efficiency needed to climb to the top of area leader boards.

Exhibiting the same qualities and characteristics with similarly impressive results was Arundel High junior Paul Wills, this year's Male Golfer of the Year. Wills, a 2-handicap golfer out of Glenn Dale Country Club in Prince George's County, captured medalist honors at both the Anne Arundel County and District IV tournaments, before finishing in a tie for second at the states behind Quince Orchard's Bart Mease.

Wills led the Wildcats to their third straight county and district crowns, but his 72-74146 tour at College Park was not enough to lift the Wildcats (637) above Montgomery County powers Sherwood (631) or Class 3A-4A champion Quince Orchard (620).

"For a young man, Paul strikes the ball very well and he manages to stay on a pretty even keel," said Arundel coach Carol Nutt. "He doesn't sway one way or another, whether he's playing poorly or playing great."

The Anne Arundel County Public Schools Tournament at Eisenhower Golf Course went as expected with Wills and Spry emerging as medalists in their divisions.

Wills' 4-over-par 75 was enough to hold off co-finalists Dave Orso of Severna Park and Adam Carstens of Annapolis -- who both shot 79 -- and Spry's 89 lifted her past Chesapeake finalist Liz Keenen (92).

Wills, 5 feet 11 and 160 pounds, won three of the five regular-season matches and his 7-over-par 78 at Bear Creek Golf Course in Westminster earned him medalist honors at the District IV tournament and gave Arundel a one-point victory over Severna Park.

Spry probably would like to forget about her 94-stroke adventure through Bear Creek and her 40 putts in the second round of the state tournament but Lawton won't let her, knowing that it will only make her better down the road.

"She's real steady from tee to greens, and when she gets hot putting, look out," said Lawton. "It's fun to watch her play. She's got a very sound swing, and when she gets hot on the greens, she can really shoot some unrealistic scores."

The biggest surprise at the county tournament -- and the entire golf season for that matter -- was North County's performance.

The Knights, who played in and won the county's less competitive B Division, took third in the 10-team county tournament, finishing just two strokes back from A Division power and tournament runner-up Severna Park (339).

"I have to admit, they even surprised me a little bit," said North County coach Nelson Martin, who was chosen by The Baltimore Sun for Anne Arundel County Golf Coach of the Year. "It was shocking how they [Greg Nesselroad, Ian Stevenson, Jonathan Mennikheim and Bristol Simmons] all came around at the end.

"The whole team worked hard on their games over the summer and during the season, but finishing that close to Severna Park made it all worthwhile."

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