Northeast's Connelly wins 2nd county overall title

Severna Park, S. River finish in tie for team title


High Schools

October 15, 2003|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Anne Arundel County Golf tournament demonstrated the true importance of every stroke.

Severna Park and defending champion South River finished in what's believed to be the first tie for a team title in county history. Both posted a score of 317, nine strokes ahead of third-place Broadneck, in yesterday's competition at the Eisenhower Golf Course.

Northeast junior Stephanie Connelly won the overall individual title - including boys - by shooting a 2-over-par 73. This was the second time in three years that Connelly beat out the boys and posted the best overall score.

She won the girls' title the other year.

South River's Ryan Moreland broke out of a slump to shoot a 76 and win the boys' individual championship, edging four other golfers by just one shot. David Murnane (Severna Park), Chip Hardie (Broadneck), Mitch Van Zandt (Severna Park) and Brian Highsmith (South River) all shot 77.

In regard to the first-place tie, Marlene Kelly, the coordinator of athletics for Anne Arundel County, said she had no knowledge of two schools finishing in a first-place deadlock in this tournament and no tiebreaking format would be used.

"There's no precedent in writing that I know of," Kelly said. "They'll be co-champions."

Severna Park coach Paul Pellicani said the Falcons and South River had played close matches in several meetings this fall, and finishing in a first-place tie didn't exactly shock him.

"It's been that way all season," Pellicani said. "But [the first-place tie] is better than being in third place."

Connelly has won the county and district tournaments in each of her three seasons.

Connelly will go for a third straight state championship (in the Class 4A-3A division) next Tuesday at College Park.

Connelly beat Moreland by three strokes for the overall championship and topped Severna Park's Morgan Reich (83) by 10 shots for the girls' crown.

Connelly now will spend the next several days preparing for the state tournament.

"That's the big one," Connelly said. "I've just got to go and make sure that I concentrate and focus and shoot a good number."

Moreland struggled in last week's District V tournament and missed qualifying for next week's state tournament. But the county tournament proved to be a much different story.

"I was surprised because I didn't think 76 was going to win," Moreland said.

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