Connelly's 71 gets it done


October 10, 2002|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Stephanie Connelly finished her roundabout route yesterday in qualifying for the state golf tournament and getting a chance to defend her state title.

The Northeast sophomore shot a 71 while playing in the District VI tournament at Longview in Baltimore County as she qualified for the Oct. 21-22 state tournament at the University of Maryland.

Scheduled to play in the District V tournament, Connelly missed it while in Ireland playing for the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team last month.

Northeast principal George Kispert petitioned the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association last summer to let her play in a different district to have a chance to qualify for the states, but that request was rejected.

Connelly then appealed to state schools superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick, who formed a three-person panel that eventually overturned the MPSSAA's ruling and let her play.

"I just went out and played today," Connelly said. "It's OK; I could have been better. I'm ready for the [states]."

Severna Park's Morgan Wright won the District V event last month in a playoff after shooting an 83 along with Julia Huch of Northeast.

Besides Wright and Huch, the other county girls advancing to the states out of District V, with their schools and scores in parentheses, were: Kara Zoolakis (Broadneck, 91), Lisa Oh (Glen Burnie, 97), Katie Park (Old Mill, 103), Jaclyn Masimore (Old Mill, 107), Tammy Cho (North County, 109), Samantha Gilmore (North County, 111) and Diane Woodall (South River, 117).

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