Churchill wins 4A

2A goes today


High Schools


Mother Nature has officially fouled up the state golf tournament.

The tournament was scheduled to run for three days at College Park. The first round of the Class 4A-3A competition was played Monday with the Class 2A-1A opening round set to go yesterday. Top qualifiers in all four classes were to return today for a second day.

But the rain changed everything when it forced cancellation of yesterday's round. The rules that the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association set said that the tournament essentially becomes a one-day event for all four classes if either of the first two days were rained out.

That means the Class 4A-3A golfers are finished and don't return, and the Class 2A-1A golfers play their lone day today. MPSSAA executive director Ned Sparks said that too many details were involved with trying to add a third day.

"The logistics get kind of crazy," Sparks said. "We're getting kids out of school, and they're out all day and these coaches are teachers, too."

Tournament officials tried valiantly to get yesterday's round in. Play was set to start at 9 a.m., and they waited until around 1 p.m. to try and start, but course officials said they couldn't get it ready.

Churchill will be awarded first place in the Class 4A-3A team competition. The defending champion from Montgomery County finished with a score of 306.

On the individual side, five players are tied for first with a 1-over-par 72. Patrick Hinch of Aberdeen is the only local player in that group, which includes Taylor Murdoch (Northwest), Sam Hoffer (Northern-Calvert), Vincent Hancock (LaPlata) and Devin Kay (Churchill). Severna Park's Kelly Lynch stands in first with 3-over-par 75 on the girls' side.

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