Freshman Mourges shoots Hereford to rare berth in state tournament His 74 leads qualifiers

Dundalk's Crouse (97) only girl to advance

October 14, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Brandon Mourges, a freshman at Hereford High, shot 74 at Rocky Point Golf Course to head all District V qualifiers for the state tournament, and, in the process, led the Bulls to their first appearance as a team in the state tournament in more years than anyone could recall.

William Wingerd, an Overlea sophomore, and Brad Friedlander, a Pikesville senior, tied at 76, followed by Grant Dupree, a Dulaney senior, and the current Baltimore County champion, at 78, in the field of 39 boys from 13 schools.

Sarah Crouse, a Dundalk junior who plays at Rocky Point, shot 97 and was the only one of the three girls to advance. Crouse, 16, who has been playing for five years, said this was about her usual score, as she shoots in the 90s.

The annual state meet will be Oct. 19-20, at the University of Maryland Golf Course in College Park.

With the qualifying limited to two teams from Class 3A-4A and three from Class 1A-2A, each of whom had to total no worse than 340, plus the boys who shot 83 and better, and the girls who had better than 103, Dulaney (321) and Perry Hall (340) moved on from 3A-4A, and Towson (326), Hereford (334) and Pikesville (338) from 1A-2A.

Hereford, where first-year coach Ed Miller has produced a solid entry, easily qualified after Mourges, Chris Ostrander and Gavin Lehrl all came in with 83 and better. Mike Stoltz completed the entry.

Mourges, 13, who equaled his best competitive round with 37-37 over the 6,482-yard, par-72 course, had one birdie and three bogeys. He rolled in an eight-foot putt at the 17th green for his birdie, and of his bogeys, one was a three-putt, and he missed two greens, then did not get up and down.

"I didn't hit it very well, but I putted really well," the leader said. He is a six-handicapper at his home course, Hunt Valley Golf Course, and has been playing the game about seven years. Last summer, he won several tournaments, including his age group at the Jimmy Flattery event at Hunt Valley.

Wingerd, who lost only one match during the dual-meet season while playing for the undefeated Falcons, and Friedlander nearly matched shot for shot, and at the finish each had 35-41.

Dulaney, coached by Craig Saxon, and a perennial state title contender, had Dupree, Scott Headd, Michael Kight and Jamie Hebbel, and Perry Hall just got in with Josh Wolf, Mike Henson, Brian Parrish and Chris Scott.

In 1A-2A, Towson, under coach Glenn Hyman, used Steve Doherty, Jeremy Ruter, Dave Wille and Jason Krul; and Pikesville squeezed in with Friedlander, Andy Hoffman, Jasson Seiden and Alex Scher.

Pub Date: 10/14/98

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