Whitson scores win in District V Westminster soph shoots 75

Arundel is team champ

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

Brett Whitson, a Westminster sophomore, scored 40-35--75 over his home course of Wakefield Valley Golf Club to win the District V individual title by two strokes, and lead his team into the annual state tournament yesterday.

The girls title went to Ericka Reinthaler, a Centennial senior, with 44-43--87.

Four teams from Class 3A-4A and three from 1A-2A were eligible to advance, although they had to meet a maximum score of 350. Arundel (321) and Westminster (325), plus North Harford (336), Francis Scott Key (341), and Mount Hebron (343) were the qualifying teams.

In 3A-4A, Broadneck and C. Milton Wright each had 351, and in 1A-2A, new member Centennial finished fourth with 345.

The state tournament will be Oct. 20-21 at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Arundel sophomore Jon Hanczaryk finished two shots off the pace at 77, where he was tied with Drew Lindner of Broadneck, and Rob Chase of Harford Tech.

With each team permitted to send five players (low four to score), Hanczaryk was backed by Josh Upton (79), Drew Kelly (80), Robert Jones, and Andrew Kostic. Whitson, a sophomore, normally is Westminster's No. 3 player, but the usual leaders, senior Ryan Angell and junior Wade Shaw, slipped back.

"Very happy," was the theme of Westminster co-caches Jeff Ibex and Guy Stull, who pointed out that, as has been the case all season, "When one or two players have off days, someone else is there to pick them up."

Carol Nutt, the Arundel coach who has guided teams to state titles in 1991 and '92 and a runner-up finish a year ago, sees this group as comparing favorably. "Depth-wise, this is one of the strongest teams I've coached," she said.

"Jon [Hanczaryk] had been off his game recently, and we have been working on getting him pumped up to play well again. Not only did he play well, but I always contend it is your 3-4 players who win it for you, and that happened."

In Class 1A-2A, North Harford had never qualified for the state tournament before, let alone win a District title, and Key had not qualified before. Last year, Key won the District title, but was 13 strokes above the qualifying standard.

Pub Date: 10/07/97

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