Alignment should drive competition

March 25, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

The teams are the same but the league's name and alignment have changed. And all those associated with the new and improved Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association golf league are voicing a collective showing of support.

"The parity has finally set in," said Mount St. Joseph coach Billy Bassler, whose Gaels will compete in the more-competitive A Conference along with Calvert Hall, Gilman, John Carroll, Loyola and McDonogh. Boys' Latin, Curley, Gibbons, Park, Severn, St. Mary's and St. Paul's comprise the B Conference.

Loyola coach Marty Stewart isn't expecting any walkovers but he is expecting some big things from seniors Joey Chuasiriporn and Tim Walko when the MIAA season opens Wednesday.

Chuasiriporn claimed top honors at last year's Maryland Scholastic Association Individual Golf Championships and Walko was runner-up.

Calvert Hall dished out its share of the beatings last season as it captured the MSA team title and produced an 11-0-1 record. Cardinals coach Jules Difries sees no reason why his team can't repeat last year's feat but admits that it will be more difficult with former No. 1 Brian Luskey at Davidson College.

"I think we have as good a chance as any of the teams because no one looks as strong as they were last year," said Difries. "Our advantage has always been our depth. We're usually strong throughout our first six and hopefully it will still be that way."

St. Mary's coach Bob Fretwell doesn't have any superstars like he has in the past and that could make winning difficult -- even in the B Conference.

"I don't know if the realignment will help us," said Fretwell, a club professional at Old South Golf Club in Anne Arundel County. "If the B Conference is meant for teams that are not as good, we should do fine."

Freshman Kenny Bahrard will fill the No. 1 spot occupied last season by the Saints' most recent superstar Matt Tengwall, and junior Steve Picarde and sophomore Brian Vido will fill the No. 2 and 3 positions.

Severn coach Brendan Kennedy, a 1984 graduate of Severna Park High who now serves as assistant golf professional at Walden Golf Club in Crofton, hopes his team can finish among the top three teams in the B Conference.

For that to happen, he's going to need consistent efforts from No. 1 Andrew Jones, No. 2 Chris Grizzell, No. 3 Garrett Mitchell, No. 4 Aaron Primrose, No. 5 Maury Primrose and No. 6 Joey Kramer.

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