Connelly's state start off, but her finish is on

Northeast freshman leads 23 girls players by 5 shots

Golf

October 23, 2001|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

COLLEGE PARK - Northeast freshman Stephanie Connelly did not get off to an ideal start yesterday morning in the first round of the 36-hole Maryland state golf tournament. But it did not take her long to turn things around.

After she double-bogeyed and bogeyed her first two holes at the University of Maryland golf course, Connelly recovered to go 1-under par over her final 16 holes to finish with a 2-over 73 and take a five-stroke lead into today's final round. Lauren Yamada of Wootton is in second place after shooting a 7-over 78, and Dulaney's Marlowe Boukis is in third among a field of 24 girls players at 10-over 81. Connelly's teammate, Julia Huh of Northeast, is in fourth place at 11-over.

"I just moved really slow today and tried to be patient," said Connelly, who also has qualified to take part in the junior Ryder Cup tournament. "I just tried to relax and play slower than normal and really take my time. Tomorrow, I'm going to go out and try to do the same as today, just not start with a double bogey."

In the individual boys competition, Joe Gross from McDonough of Charles County leads after shooting 2-under 69. Arundel's Brian Scott is just one shot back with a 1-under 70. In all, 28 competitors on the boys side are within eight strokes of the leader and have a legitimate chance.

Andrew Rice of Towson shot a 2-over 72 and is tied for fifth; Pikesville's Jordan Steinfelder, Liberty's Nick Desimone and Francis Scott Key's Raymond Sheey are part of a four-way tie for seventh at 3-over; and Pikesville's Ira Cohen and Northeast's Brian Carneal are involved in a six-way tie for 14th place at 5-over.

Cohen, one of the favorites coming in, recovered from a disastrous start in which he triple-bogeyed the second hole and was 5-over after five to stay in the hunt. He finished the afternoon even-par on his final 13 holes.

Led by Cohen and Steinfelder, Pikesville leads the Class 2A-1A team competition after a four-man total of 313. Kevin Rosenberg shot a 79 and Joey Eaton an 84 to put Pikesville on pace to win its second straight state title. The Panthers lead second-place J.M. Bennett by five strokes.

In a tight 4A-3A battle, McDonough leads (303), Churchill is second (314) and Liberty third (315). Defending champion Dulaney is in eighth - 40 strokes back - at 343.

4A/3A

Team scores: 1. McDonough (M), 303; 2. Churchill (CH), 314; 3. Liberty (L), 315; 4. Whitman (W), 316; 5. Mount Hebron (MH), 326; 6. Urbana (U), 326; 7. C.M. Wright (CMW), 336; 8. Dulaney (D), 343.

2A/1A

Team scores: 1. Pikesville (P), 313; 2. J.M. Bennett (JMB), 318; 3. Smithsburg (S), 333; 4. Towson (T), 334; 5. Bethesda Chevy-Chase (BCC), 336; 6. Howard (H), 343; 7. Stephen Decatur (SD), 352; 8. Southern Garrett (SG), 353; 9. North Caroline (NC), 354.

Boys' individual scores: 1. Gross (M), 69; 2. Scott (Arundel), 70; 3. Goslee (JMB), Snyder (Oxon Hill), 72; 5. Rice (T), Williams (Gaithersburg), 73; 7. Ausherman (Middletown), Steinfelder (P), Desimone (L), Sheey (F.S. Key) 74; 11. Leidy (JMB), Alafoginis (CH), Anderson (Blake), 75; 14. Cohen (P), Skidmore (SG), Manley (High Point), Carneal (Northeast), Williamowsky (Rockville), Miles (Williamsport) 76; 20. Haas (BCC), Swartzentruber (SG), P. Lopez (CH), Wicker (CMW), Borowy (L), Cox (M), D. Litt (W), Moerser (Magruder), Byrd (Pocomoke), Sykes (Pocomoke), 77.

Girls individual scores: 1. Connelly (Northeast) 73; 2. Yamada (Wootton), 78; 3. Boukis (D), 81; 4. Huh (Northeast), 82; 5. Jabali-Nash (Oxon Hill), 83; 6. Niland 84; 7. Fitzgerald,(CH), Karr (CH), 86; 9. Gonzalez (Great Mills), Reynolds (Wootton) 88.

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