Winning ways should continue for Owls South Carroll program makes its varsity debut

Golf preview

September 07, 1997|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

One week into the high school golf season, Westminster is on its perennial winning track, North Carroll is showing the difference a second year can make, and South Carroll is discovering what it's like to be a first-year varsity program.

Westminster, featuring three holdovers from last year's 12-1 state tournament squad, ran its record to 3-0 with decisions over North Carroll, Waynesboro, and South Carroll. Third-year regular Ryan Angell, the lone senior, is joined by junior Wade Shaw, another third-year player, and sophomore Brett Whitson.

They are among eight returnees to go with a potentially strong freshman group. Co-coaches Jeff Ibex-Guy Stull had 34 show up for the start of practice, the largest number in a long time, and the best of the newcomers appears to be freshman Jon-David Byers, who has earned a starting position.

At North Carroll, the panic and thoughts of not knowing what it was getting into as a first-year team of a year ago are gone. This time, the players are more relaxed, more prepared for what is ahead.

The holdovers from that 3-1 squad are seniors Craig Gordon, expected to be one of the county's best, and Matt Kallenberger, and juniors Scott Wunder and Claire Brumfitt. Freshman Kevin Martin already has worked his way up from No. 4 to No. 2.

"We feel that last year we got our feet wet; this year, we want to build on our consistency and be more competitive," said Greg Knill, speaking for himself and co-coach Jim Boesler.

South Carroll coach Chris Howard is in a learning situation.

"Last year, some of the students wanted to start a team and they needed an adviser," Howard said of his coaching debut. "We spent the year as a club team, showing our interest and merit in being accepted as a varsity team." The acceptance means the county has the sport in all five of its public schools for the first time.

"Because of the limited competitive experience, we have spent a lot of time making sure the players know the basic rules, procedures, and etiquette," Howard said. "Still, I believe if we can play to our capable level, we can be competitive with the other newer teams. We have some dates circled."

Among the top candidates are seniors Son Thepvongs, Ryan Wynne, and Larry VanSant, and sophomore Geoff Sanzanbacher.

Francis Scott Key, beginning its third year, has seniors Angie Coursini and Dan Hakins, and juniors Michael Darr, currently No. 1, Bryan Brilhart, Steve Webb, and Jason Cashen.

Most of them have been with the program from the beginning, although Cashen is new, and Harkins is a recent promotion.

This became necessary after junior veteran Scott Zentz, who had had some impressive practice rounds, was sidelined indefinitely with injuries received in a recent automobile accident.

The Eagles were 10-3 last year, and coach Bill Welch, eyeing his veterans, says, "They make me optimistic for the season and the district tournament."

Liberty will be looking to three holdovers for leadership, as the team seeks to improve on its 1-12 mark of a year ago. Seniors Mike Lamon, and sophomores Steve Vizanko and Pete Genovese have the experience, and senior James Haran, who was cut last season, has returned a much better player.

"We are looking for lower numbers among our veterans and believe the scramble for the fifth and sixth [last two] places will be more competitive than in the past," says Scott Kohr, who shares the coaching duties with John Magee.

Pub Date: 9/07/97

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