Connelly, Boukis lead girls

Walker in third for boys

Class 4A-3A state golf

High Schools

October 27, 2004|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

COLLEGE PARK - Dulaney's Marlowe Boukis finished third in the state tournament as a freshman three years ago. But she's slipped a bit since then, coming in fourth as a sophomore and fifth last fall.

Boukis wanted her final trip to the state tournament to be special - but started with a triple bogey on her first hole. The senior then quickly rebounded to record six birdies en route to a 2-over-par 73 that put her in second place after the first day of competition in the Class 4A-3A division at Maryland.

Two-time state champion Stephanie Connelly of Northeast shot a 72 for the one-shot lead over Boukis. Dennis Kwon of Walter Johnson leads for the boys after shooting a 2-under 69.

Northern (305) holds a one-shot lead over Walter Johnson in the team competition. Dulaney (313) stands in third place while Broadneck (316) and Severna Park (316) are tied for fourth with Churchill among the six schools that qualified as teams for the final day of competition tomorrow.

The Class 2A and 1A schools play their first day today and the qualifiers also come back tomorrow for a final round - a return to the two-day format that Boukis and many others like.

"I think the two-day tournament gives a chance to find who's the best golfer," Boukis said. "There's less luck involved, and it allows us to have less pressure on each hole."

Boukis, who's hoping to play golf for Tulane, Yale or Princeton next year, is looking for just as much success in her final round. The six birdies were a career best on this course and also helped her overcome a later double bogey.

A two-time District tournament winner, including one earlier this month, Boukis said she's been working at mentally letting bad things go during a round and credits reading the book The Ten Commandments of Mindpower Golf by Robert Winters with playing a large role in that.

"It helped me clean my mind," Boukis said. "It taught me that there's no past, there's only the present."

North Carroll's Jon Walker also was happy after his round. Walker shot a 72 to land in third place - the highest local finisher. Broadneck's Chip Hardie (75) tied for 10th.

Walker finished with two birdies as part of a solid round and agreed with Boukis that the two-day format changes the way he played.

"You know you can relax and just wait for something to happen instead of trying to make something happen," Walker said. "I'll be aggressive but smart ... and just hope for a couple of putts to fall."

Walker won his district tournament earlier in the month and advanced to a second state tournament.

"Hopefully, some putts [will fall] Thursday," Walker said.

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