Experienced Bel Air bids for repeat of county title Fallston, C. Milton Wright hope to challenge Bobcats

September 24, 1995|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

With nine of its 10 players back from last year's county champion golf team, Bel Air is poised to repeat.

Just don't try telling that to C. Milton Wright or Fallston.

The Mustangs and the Cougars have the numbers and they believe they have the talent to give the Bobcats a run for their money when the nine county teams tee off in the Harford County Golf Tournament Oct. 17 at Geneva Farm.

"We had eight players out for our team last year and this year we have 41, so we have a few more to choose from," said Fallston coach Robin Hood. "The more you have the more chance you have of getting quality."

One of those quality players for Fallston is senior Tony Donatelli, a one-handicap out of Maryland Golf and Country Club. Donatelli grew up in Michigan, where golf is a religion and he was a faithful follower.

Joining Donatelli in Fallston's top four are freshman Ben Weibell, junior Rich Schwartz and senior Eric Carlson.

Junior Mark Belcastro, low medalist at last year's county tournament, is back for Bel Air and playing in the No. 3 spot behind seniors Jon Smith and Matt Pilcher.

"When you're playing medal play and counting all the strokes, it helps to have the experience," said Bobcats coach Mike Ennis. "Right now, everyone is shooting for us because we won it last year but none of the guys are exhibiting signs of feeling pressure."

C. Milton Wright coach Jim McNicholas said his team will "give Bel Air a run" and he's relying on Kevin Slezak, Eric Graham and Ryan Gump to lead the way.

Harford Tech has one of the top players in the county in Pete Surett, but the rest of the Cobras are inexperienced.

Seniors Jason Bach, Jeff Sebring and Rob Morrow and junior Katie Hale are the most promising golfers of the 21 that turned out for North Harford's squad.

Interest in the sport grew at Aberdeen as well. After fielding only five players last season, the Eagles have 18 on their team including front-runners Jay Marshall, a junior, and freshman Justin Gibbs.

"We didn't have enough kids last year to score as a team, but we do this year and we're hoping to win at least one match," said Aberdeen coach George Connolly. "If we can win a couple of matches, we've accomplished something."

Sophomore Merrill Dougherty is Havre de Grace's top player, but the rest of the Warriors are "virtual beginners."

Golf hasn't quite caught on yet at Joppatowne or Edgewood with both schools struggling to field a full team.

The Rams have four players, including Keith Duckworth and Krista Elliott, while the Mariners' three-member team is comprised of seniors Chad Pfister, Chris Rimmel and James Wiley.

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