County teams, players sweep District 5 titles

Mount Hebron, Howard reach state tournaments


High schools

September 27, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Howard County swept team and individual titles in the Class 4A-3A and 2A-1A, District 5 golf championships played Tuesday in Carroll County.

"This was unbelievable," said Mike Mongelli, director of he Howard County Golf Club, an independent organization not affiliated with or funded by the county school system. "I couldn't imagine this happening in my wildest dreams."

Mount Hebron captured the 4A-3A team title by scoring 314 at Wakefield Valley Golf Club in Westminster. A year ago, the Vikings won the 2A-1A District 5 title but with higher enrollment, the school was reclassified 3A this season.

Howard won the 2A-1A team title by shooting 319 at Oakmont Greens Golf Club in Hampstead.

Jeff Castle shot a par 72 to pace Mount Hebron to victory and claim the individual championship. He held a one-stroke lead over teammate Mike Ramey until the 16th hole, where Ramey double-bogeyed. Ramey, who shot three birdies and one bogey, finished second with a 75. He said it was his best round ever.

The rest of the Mount Hebron team included Greg Sauer, who shot an 80, and Dale Jun who shot 87. All four Mount Hebron players are seniors.

The top three 4A-3A teams, Mount Hebron, Liberty (323) and Harford County's C. Milton Wright (328) qualified for state title competition Oct. 22-23 at the University of Maryland.

Oakland Mills' Scott Spranklin shot 74 to win the 2A-1A individual championship over runner-up David Scallion of Howard, who shot 74. Scallion, a sophomore who shot six birdies and one double-bogey, three-putted the 18th hole from 17 feet but still tied his best overall score.

Brent and Blair Kennedy, brothers who normally are Howard's No. 1 and No. 2 players, respectively, each shot 80s. Brent is a senior and Blair a sophomore.

And John Higgens finished with an 84 to complete Howard's championship showing.

Spranklin's teammate, Josh Notes, shot 80 to qualify for the individual state championship, just beating the cutoff of 81.

Brent Kennedy said it wasn't a shock to him that Howard won the District title. "We've been playing well and have a 13-2 county record, second only to Mount Hebron."

Howard was the only 2A-1A team to qualify for states. Oakland Mills finished second in the district but missed the 340 qualifying score.

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