Towson junior Green shoots 76 to take Baltimore County title Dulaney wins team crown for 20th consecutive year

September 26, 1997|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

A lot of golfers try their best to get a good night's sleep on the eve of a big tournament. Jamie Green did just the opposite, and the strategy paid off for the Towson junior.

Green's four-over-par round of 76 earned him medalist honors in a field of 76 golfers in yesterday's Baltimore County Championships at Oakmont Green in Hampstead.

"I know when I don't get a lot of sleep and I play the course in my mind, I'm ready for a good round," said Green. "I woke up four or five times last night and played the course in my mind. I had some nightmares about pushing the ball right, but luckily I didn't do that today."

Green did push at least one shot -- his drive on the par 4 fifth hole -- but responded by finding the green with his approach and burying a 35-foot putt for birdie.

"That putt put me back to even and it gave me a lot of confidence," said Green, who owned a three-stroke lead over two golfers on the turn. "On the back nine, I didn't want to play defensive and blow the lead. I knew if I just kept on attacking, I'd be all right."

Dulaney junior Grant Dupree was the runner-up and his score of 79 over the 6,373-yard par 72 layout helped the Lions capture their 20th straight Baltimore County team championship.

A double bogey on the par 5 eighth hole was the biggest scar on the front nine for Dupree, but a missed opportunity on the fourth hole, a 516-yard par 5, was toughest for him to swallow.

"I hit a 9-iron approach that left me with 8 feet for eagle, and I ended up three-putting for par," said Dupree. "That hurt."

Despite his misfortunes on the outward nine, Dupree found himself back to within two strokes after Green bogeyed Nos. 11 and 12. Three holes later, Dupree found a bunker with his tee shot and the result was a double-bogey 5.

As it turned out, the winner, the runner-up and two of the three players tied for third at 81 came out of the first group, which began the shotgun start at the first hole.

Brad Friedlander of Pikesville, Ben Phelps of Loch Raven and Dulaney's Scott Headd, who was playing in the fifth-ranked foursome, all shot 81. After shooting 43 on the front, Headd climbed his way out of obscurity by posting a 38 on the back.

Becky Skidmore of Eastern Tech was girls medalist with 103.

Rounding out the top 10 medal winners were Dulaney's David Swartzendruber (82), Catonsville's Dan Miller (83), Hereford's Billy Wingerd (85), Owings Mills' Randy Murray (86) and Dulaney's Jamie Hebbel (88).

Pub Date: 9/26/97

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