Westminster makes up for '97, cruises to District V victory 21-stroke win puts Owls in state tournament


September 29, 1998|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Moments after his Westminster team captured the District V tournament yesterday at The Timbers at Troy in Howard County, co-coach Jeff Ibex suddenly smiled.

"We wanted this," said Ibex, who coaches the Owls with Guy Stull. "Oh, we wanted this."

Their desire was sparked by memories of last year's second-place finish, six strokes behind Arundel. But Westminster had little trouble this time, finishing with an easy 21-stroke victory over Old Mill.

The Owls took advantage of solid performances from all of their golfers on the par-72, 6,180-yard Howard County course. Sophomore Jon-David Byers led the way with a 75, followed by defending champion and junior Brett Whitson (77), freshman John Wah (80) and junior Patrick Buenger (82). Byers was tied for second in the individual competition while Whitson tied for fifth.

Westminster even got an 84 from junior Nick Hohenwarter, but since only the top four scores from each school are used, it didn't count toward the team score. The Owls finished with a score of 314, ahead of Old Mill's 335.

"We knew we had a good team coming in," said Byers. "The reason we were all consistent is that we played smart."

Carroll County had plenty of representation in this tournament, as Francis Scott Key tied Mount Hebron for third with 337. Next came North Carroll, which deadlocked with Broadneck and Centennial, two shots behind at 339.

Francis Scott Key and Mount Hebron also tied for the top spot among the Class 1A-2A schools. Westminster, Old Mill, Francis Scott Key, Mount Hebron, North Carroll, Broadneck and Centennial all qualified for the state tournament, set for Oct. 19 and 20 at the University of Maryland.

Key had better luck this year than in 1996 when the Eagles came in first among the Class 1A-2A schools, but they were unable to qualify for the states.

This year, led by seniors Michael Darr (79) and Bryan Brilhart (80), juniors Jason Cashen (80) and Dennis Smith (98), the Eagles played good golf and made the states.

On the girls' side, there are no specific teams. If girls play, they can either compete as part of the boys team or play as individuals. Seven girls made the state tournament. Beth Biden (Westminster), Claire Brumfitt (North Carroll), Erin Caffery (Atholton) and Lauren Frazer (Broadneck) all qualified for the state tournament on an individual basis.

Carlie Gordon (North Carroll), Lori Koch (North County) and Arundel's Calli Vance all made the state tournament as part of the boys teams.

For the individual competition, Bobby Steen shot a 74 to win. The Atholton golfer edged Byers and Jeffrey Rice of South River by only one shot.

For the girls, Koch took the individual title, shooting an 81 to nip Gordon a shot.

Also on the boys side, Andrew Kostic of Arundel made the tournament's first hole-in-one this decade, sinking a shot on the 130-yard 5th hole.

Pub Date: 9/29/98

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