City's Lynn shoots 71, trails boys leader by 2

Pikesville's Grilli third among girls

finals today

State golf championships

High Schools

October 28, 2004|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

COLLEGE PARK -- Will Lynn III shows a low-key personality on the golf course, regardless of what happens.

The City College senior, who simply smiled, shrugged and said only that he'd made a good shot after a hole-in-one in a district tournament this month, showed a similar attitude after his par 71 yesterday in state competition.

"I just went out and played my game," Lynn said after posting the best boys round yesterday in the state tournament at the University of Maryland's 18-hole course. "I was just trying to go out there and put up a good score."

He ended the day tied with Bowie's Ray Hyre for second overall, two shots behind leader Dennis Kwon of Walter Johnson. Hyre and Kwon played Tuesday.

Lynn was two shots ahead of two other golfers from the small Class 1A-2A schools --Patrick Hinch of Aberdeen and Matthew Skidmore of Southern-Garrett. Hinch was individual titlist last year for 1A-2A boys, but this year's tournament has different rules.

Despite having played the game for about two years, Lynn, who needed only 13 putts on the front nine yesterday, is mulling a scholarship offer from Jackson State.

"Putting was hard, but you've got to be on top of your game," Lynn said.

Pikesville's Michelle Grilli also played close to the top of her game, shooting a 2-over 74 as the girls played from the course's women's tees with par being 72. In last year's one-day tournament, Grilli captured the 1A-2A individual title.

Today, the Pikesville junior must battle two-time state champion Stephanie Connelly (72) of Northeast and Marlowe Boukis (73) of Dulaney, the two top scorers from Tuesday's Class 3A-4A opening round. The three are friends who talk and even play summer golf together.

Golfers from all public high schools entered, regardless of size, will vie for an individual championship -- one for boys and another for girls -- in today's final round, starting at 9 a.m.

Team titles also will be awarded today, but with schools split into two divisions --1A-2A and 3A-4A -- for state crowns.

Only three schools qualified as teams for the 1A-2A final round, and Walkersville (327) holds a one-shot lead over Parkside. Pikesville (336) stands third as the only Baltimore-area team that qualified.

Among 3A-4A schools, teams from Dulaney, Severna Park and Broadneck were among the six that qualified to play today.

Grilli and Brandon Resnick (84), Brad Friedman (89) and Dan Halle (89) return today as Pikesville tries for its third state title in five years. The Panthers won in 2000 and 2001 but finished second last year, four shots behind champion J.M. Bennett.

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