Knowledge is success for Carstens as he shakes hands with old friend Annapolis senior fires sharp 73 at Eisenhower for Anne Arundel crown

October 14, 1997|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

If there's one course Judd Carstens knows like the back of his golf glove, it's Eisenhower Golf Course.

The Annapolis senior many times has toured the 6,205-yard layout while working a variety of jobs at the Crownsville course over the last five years.

Yesterday, he put that knowledge to use, shooting a 2-over-par round of 73 to claim medalist honors at the Anne Arundel County Championships.

Lori Koch of North County stepped up to claim first place in the girls individual competition with a round of 86.

Carstens' tour, which included an even-par 36 on the front and 15 straight pars, was his best round ever. It also helped ease some of the pain from his performance last week at the district tournament, where he missed the cut for states with an uncharacteristic 87 at Wakefield Valley GC.

"I was feeling a lot more comfortable today than I was at districts," said Carstens, who hit 14 greens in regulation. "My short game was working. I was feeling really good on the putting greens."

Carstens' coach, Joe Martin, knew it was a just a matter of time.

"I was just waiting for him to break open," said Martin. "Every week he would have one bad hole. Today he just said, 'I'm getting tired of being beat by these. I'm going to go and shoot a score,' and he did."

Arundel's team didn't have one of its best days but their four-player total of 333 was more than the Wildcats needed to win the team competition for the second straight year.

Josh Upton, the defending county champ, led the Wildcats with an 80. Buck Jones added an 81, and Jeff Deck and Andrew Kostic chipped in with rounds of 86.

"The only consolation is knowing that even when your team plays its worst, they're still hanging in there," said Wildcats coach Carol Nutt, whose team captured the district crown last Monday.

"Two of our guys went astray a little bit, but fortunately it didn't cost us the championship, because the two guys that were playing below them [Jones and Kostic] hung in there and rose to the occasion."

Garrett Ohm helped runner-up Old Mill (334) keep the heat on Arundel with a second-place round of 76. The Patriots got an added boost from sophomore Justin Bereznak (82) and Steve Bogdon (84).

Annapolis, which won the county's B Division title, tied another B Division team, South River, for third with 338.

Kemp Hammond helped the Panthers' cause with an 85 and Andrew Rice, who finished third overall, led the Seahawks with a 76.

Glen Burnie's Dave Wineke took home fourth place after shooting a 79 and Bill Chesley of Broadneck was sixth after a round of 81.

Severna Park, a perennial county golf power, took fifth in the team competition, thanks to the consistent play of Gary Weiss (82) and Adam Huang (83.

Pub Date: 10/14/97

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