Eagle feathers winning day for St. Paul's Grimm

Crusaders senior sinks six-foot putt at No. 18 to secure MIAA prize

May 11, 1999|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

It was a putter-perfect ending for Mike Grimm.

The St. Paul's senior ended his final year by draining a six-foot eagle on the 18th hole at Woodholme Country Club in Reisterstown to capture the 1999 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association Individual Tournament yesterday.

Grimm, who had started three strokes behind leader and fellow teammate Ben Phelps, finished with a 4-over-par 77 and had a three-round total of 231. Senior Mike Bosica of Loyola and sophomore Chris Baloga of Calvert Hall tied for second, two strokes back at 233.

Phelps, a sophomore, and senior Clark Adams of Mount St. Joseph finished with a fourth-best 235.

Grimm said he hopes to use the title as a springboard to playing for Elon College in North Carolina this fall.

"It feels really good," he said of his victory. "It gives me a lot of confidence."

Grimm, who played in the next-to-last foursome, nearly took himself out of the running shortly after making the turn onto the back nine.

After a front-nine 38 and tying then-leader Bosica after the 12th hole, Grimm sent his next drive on the par-three 13th into a sand bunker left of the green. It took him two strokes to chip the ball out of the trap and two putts to finish a double-bogey effort at the hole.

Grimm blamed the score on his lack of focus.

"I lost it for a minute," he said. "I had been concentrating so well all day, and then I just let go."

After Grimm parred the next three holes and then bogeyed the 17th, the Crusaders senior drove the ball off the tee at the par-5, 453-yard 18th about 250 yards.

His next shot, a four-iron, sent the ball just six feet from the cup.

"It was a dream," Grimm said of his eagle opportunity. "I couldn't tell it was one until I got up there. It was one of those knee knockers."

Bosica and Baloga both said they wasted opportunities to grab the victory.

Baloga, who ended his day with an 80, lamented his double-bogey on the par-four 15th.

"At that point, I thought it was over," the Cardinals sophomore said. "I went to the next hole and just whacked it."

Bosica, who also finished with an 80 and led for most of the day, pointed out that he bogeyed four of five par-five holes.

"That was my chance right there," the Dons senior said. "But he [Mike] won in great fashion."

St. Paul's coach Rick Collins, whose squad won the team title for the second time in three years and placed all six golfers in the top 20, acknowledged that he placed high hopes on Grimm.

"I was rooting for everyone, but Mike is a senior and he's been involved with the program for three years," Collins said. "He's a great kid and to see him make an eagle on the very last hole to win the championship, it's a fitting end."

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