With fallen trees on landscape, state tournament will tee off

Cleanup from tornado not complete, but 2-day event to start tomorrow

Golf

October 21, 2001|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

COLLEGE PARK -- The University of Maryland golf course is still being cleaned up after it was struck by a tornado several weeks ago, but that will not stop the two-day, 36-hole Maryland state golf tournament from starting tomorrow morning as scheduled.

The 6,271-yard, par-71 course lost an estimated 400 trees -- approximately 80 percent of which have been cleared -- and the driving range is closed, according to a course representative.

But the 141 competitors and 17 qualifying teams taking part will all be permitted to warm up at nearby Paint Branch golf course before the 9 a.m. shotgun start. If a ball should happen to make its way underneath one of the still yet-to-be-cleared downed trees, which are located in between holes, the competitor will be given a free drop.

"We visited the course this past Wednesday," said Ned Sparks, the executive director of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association. "The course is in great shape. They lost quite a few trees, but there was never a discussion about moving the tournament."

The team tournament is divided into eight squads vying for the Class 4A-3A title and nine contending for the 2A-1A crown. Local teams in the 4A-3A division include C. Milton Wright, Liberty, Mount Hebron and defending state champion Dulaney.

The Lions, who also had four golfers (three of them girls) qualify for the individual field, lost three of their starters from last year's squad. Seniors Ryan Smyth, Garrett Brustein and Matt Carey and junior E.J. Walicki, however, had the best combined score at the District 6 tournament.

"I don't know if we will repeat, but we should definitely be very competitive," Dulaney coach Craig Saxon said. "We lost the experience, but the kids are starting to play well. Our numbers at districts were the lowest in the county, so the kids are peaking at the right time."

In 2A-1A, 2000 champion Pikesville will look to repeat its title, but the team must be wary of an upstart Towson team. In the district tournament, the Panthers bested the Generals by just three strokes (305-308). Howard also qualified out of District 5.

In the individual competition, Pikesville senior Ira Cohen is a favorite. Cohen, who shot a 2-under 68 at the district tournament, shot a seven-under 63 earlier this season against Dulaney.

Area entries

District 5

(district scores included)

Class 4A-3A Teams C. M. Wright -- Jason Ferguson, 76; Kyle O'Hare, 85; Ryan Rate, 83; Steven Wicker, 84. Liberty -- Chad Miller, 88; Nick Desimone 78; Chris Squillario, 79; Dan Borowy, 78. Mount Hebron -- Jeff Castle, 72; Mike Ramey, 75; Greg Sauer, 80; Dale Jun, 87.

Class 2A-1A Howard -- Blair Kennedy, 80; Brent Kennedy, 80; Ryan Hurd, 90; David Scallion, 75. Boy individuals Brian Scott, Arundel, 79; Kevin Phillips, Bel Air, 76; Russell Poisson, Broadneck, 81; Michael Miller, Broadneck, 81; David Lingeman, Centennial, 80; Ray Sheedy, Francis Scott Key, 79; Nick Anderson, Harford Tech, 79; Eric Farrell, North Harford, 78; Jarrod Page, North Harford, 78; Brian Carneal, Northeast-AA, 76; Scott Spranklin, Oakland Mills, 74; Josh Notes, Oakland Mills, 79; David Murnane, Severna Park, 81; Sean Buenger, Westminster, 80. Girls individuals Cara Lewis, North Carroll, 102; Stephanie Connelly, Northeast-AA, 77; Julia Huh, Northeast-AA, 80; Kristin Niland, Severna Park, 88.

District 6

(district scores included)

Class 4A-3A Teams Dulaney -- Garrett Brustein, 71; Matt Carey, 80; Ryan Smyth, 83; E.J. Walicki, 76.

Class 2A-1A Pikesville -- Ira Cohen, 68; Joey Eaton 80; Kevin Rosenberg, 80; Jordan Steinfelder, 77. Towson --Len Mancini, 76; Brandon Recchia, 83. Andrew Rice, 72; Brett Winkel, 77. Boys individuals Kevin Parks, Dulaney, 74; Jack Lambie, Eastern Tech, 76; Paul Blick, Franklin, 76; Brandon Mourges, Hereford, 69; Brian Dix, Overlea, 78; Zachary Per, Owings Mills, 79; Teddy Welzant, Perry Hall, 80. Girls individuals Marlowe Boukis, Dulaney, 79; Kim Daniels, Dulaney, 88; Kelly Neel, Dulaney, 7; Brittany Vacovsky, Eastern Tech, 101.

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