Moon's 80 in wind wins individual title

Weather plays havoc with scores

Kennedy finishes 2 strokes back

Golf

High Schools

October 16, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Scores took a beating on a windswept Turf Valley golf course yesterday, where Ki Moon of Mount Hebron won the Howard County Golf Club's individual championship by two strokes over runner-up Blair Kennedy of Howard.

Moon, who normally shoots near par, earlier won the district championship by shooting 70, but he won with an 80 yesterday.

"Conditions were tough and that's why I played so bad today," said Moon, a native of South Korea who won his second straight county fall championship. His family moved to the United States three years ago.

Kennedy fell behind Moon early, going two down after the first hole and trailing by six after nine holes.

"Ki played well at the beginning," Kennedy said. "On the back nine, I put it together, made a couple of big putts."

Kennedy pulled to within two strokes, but hit his ball out of bounds on the 16th hole for a two-stroke penalty. He was fortunate that Moon bogeyed No. 16, keeping Kennedy stayed within three strokes.

At the par-5 17th, Kennedy birdied by holing his chip shot from just off the green.

"I birdied all three par-5s today, and just missed an eagle on No. 7," Kennedy said. "The wind was a bigger factor for Ki because he was able to hit the fairways regularly, so he had to calculate the wind trying to hit the greens. I was scrambling on almost every hole and was just punching it in."

Senior David Lingeman of Centennial finished three strokes behind Moon. He struggled with a 46 on the front nine and then had 37 on the back nine. He lost his ball on No. 7, costing him a two-stroke penalty.

"I've never played in windier weather," Lingeman said. "It was hard to keep your balance when you swung and it threw your timing off, especially on your backswing."

His best shot was a 35-foot putt on No. 14 that saved par.

Kennedy will play in the Class 2A-1A state tournament Monday in College Park. Moon and Lingeman will play on Tuesday in the 4A-3A competition. Kyoo Hwang of Mount Hebron and Alison Mathe of River Hill also qualified for states Tuesday in an earlier district competition.

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