Severna Park ends Arundel run

October 18, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Severna Park ended Arundel's three-year hold on the county title yesterday by defeating the Falcons by 23 strokes to claim top team honors at the Anne Arundel County Public Schools Golf Tournament.

Severna Park's No. 4 player -- junior Andy Alcorn -- led the Falcons (317) and the rest of the field to earn the medalist trophy at Eisenhower Golf Course in Crownsville.

Alcorn holed out of the bunker for a birdie on the 193-yard par-3 fourth hole and went on to shoot 38-3876.

"When I was in the bunker on No. 4, I was thinking about making bogey or even worse, and when it dropped in, it not only turned a possible disaster hole into something good, but it gave me some momentum," said Alcorn, a 16-year-old junior out of Bay Hills Golf Club. "On the turn, they told me I was in contention [for medalist] and that made me bear down and concentrate more on the back nine."

Alcorn avoided another blow-up hole on No. 12 when he took the conservative approach and punched out near the woods before settling for bogey. He got that stroke back two holes later when he sank a 25-footer for birdie on the 148-yard 14th.

"He played smart and he wasn't going to risk it all on one shot," said Severna Park third-year coach Dick Barto. "If he was going to make a mistake, he was going to make a bogey mistake, nothing more."

Alcorn's teammate, Pete Buck, turned in the second best round of the day as he finished with a 38-3977.

"This feels good because ever since my freshman year we haven't been able to beat Arundel and we finally did it," said Buck, who had what he described as his best round since he broke a finger three weeks ago at Bay Hills. "We have a lot of depth this year and we knew if we came out and shot like we can we would win."

In addition to their top two finishers, the Falcons got solid rounds from Adam Kensky, Ryan Thompson and Mike Jerla. Kensky finished tied for third at 80 with Southern's Keith Boggs, and Thompson, Jerla and Annapolis' Brian Jan ended up tied for eighth with identical rounds of 84.

Arundel, which captured the A Division regular-season title, got its best performance from senior Scott Carpenter, but his round of 82 was only good enough for sixth place. North County's Ian Stevenson took fifth with an 81, and the Wildcats' No. 1 player, Paul Wills, had to settle for seventh (83).

Jaclyn Surles of Old Mill turned in the lowest score among the female participants (94), followed by Broadneck's Colleen Keating (97) and Natalie Green (98).

"I knew Severna Park had three real strong players, but we have six or seven real strong guys so I figured our depth would make a difference," said Barto. "Our Nos. 2, 3 and 4 players [Buck, Kensky, Alcorn, respectively] shot real good on the front and our No. 1 guy [Thompson] shot good on the back."

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