Old Mill no longer in rough after first A Division victory Severna Park, Arundel still teams to beat

September 08, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Arundel, Broadneck and Severna Park have taken turns dominating the Anne Arundel County public schools golf scene for the past decade, but after the first A Division match of the 1996 season it's upstart Old Mill that has the honors.

Old Mill, a school that has spent the past two decades racking up championships in track and field, is finally enjoying some success on the fairways. The Patriots opened the 1996 golf season last week by winning their first A Division match, ever.

"I was disappointed in how my team played [in the opening match] but I was happy for Old Mill and I told my kids that they should be proud to be part of history," said Arundel coach Carol Nutt, whose team won three straight county titles and two state championships during the Gary Carpenter-era of the early 1990s. "We didn't play to our potential but that's what this game is all about."

Old Mill coach Bruce Lawton insists Severna Park and Arundel are still the teams to beat in the county -- and consequently, the district -- but is happy to see his team get its first win and anxious to add to that success.

"We were fortunate in that first match," Lawton said. "Not everybody played real well on the other teams and we just handled the day and course better than anyone else."

Leading the way for the Pats in their historical win were Garret Ohm, Brad Burns, Brett Beardmore, Steve Bogdon and Andrew Birgel.

Severna Park lost its top golfer from a year ago, Andy Alcorn, to graduation but if Jim Travers, Adam Huang, Cynthia Mann, Scott Ottman and Todd Kerley play to their potential, Falcons coach Dick Barto sees no reason why they can't repeat.

"We're not as strong as last year, but we're deeper," Barto said.

Arundel, which finished second last year in the county, districts and states, lost Eric Furtado to graduation but has three talented holdovers in Josh Upton, Brian Wade and Ryan Hughes. Their presence and the arrival of Drew Kelly, a transfer from California, and rookie sophomore Andrew Kostis put the Wildcats in the hunt.

With defending B Division champ North County now in the A Division, South River appears poised to wear the B Division crown. The Seahawks boast one of the county's top golfers in sophomore Jeff Rice. Rice, who works and plays at Eisenhower GC, is joined by teammates Michael Buck, Adam Thacker, Matt Van Wie, Josh Dunivant and Brian Smouse.

Broadneck has four solid players in Pat Ware, Brian Lawton, Bill Chesley and Drew Linder but after that, according to first-year coach Pete Regala Jr., it's hit-or-miss.

North County has four holdovers from last year's B Division champion squad but whether it can put up the numbers to remain competitive in the A Division is up to Jason Ashburn, Ed Zaruba, Lori Koch and Kevin Peck.

Judd Carstens, Jim Goddard and Caleb Klein will try to keep Annapolis competitive in the A Division while Ben McFerron, Greg Cohen, Jason Prola and Brooks Slater will try and earn Glen Burnie some respect in the B.

Chesapeake, led by Tim Daugherty and Mike Hodgins, will by vying for second behind South River.

Meade and Southern are both rebuilding this season and Northeast failed to field a team.

Pub Date: 9/08/96

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