Hinch, four others share boys title

Aberdeen senior among those who shot 72 Monday

Severna Park's Lynch is girls champ

State Golf Championship

High Schools


COLLEGE PARK -- Because rain washed out Tuesday's competition at the state golf tournament, there was a bit of an unusual ending yesterday.

Aberdeen senior Patrick Hinch tied for first place in the boys division and didn't know it until much later. He tied four others for first with a 1-over-par 72 when the Class 4A-3A golfers played on Monday at Maryland. The Class 2A-1A golfers went yesterday in what turned into an 18-hole tournament for everyone, and Hinch's score held up to give him a share of first place.

Hinch, who won as a sophomore, wasn't exactly sure of the situation and found out about four hours after yesterday's round ended. He tied with Vincent Hancock (LaPlata), Sam Hoffer (Northern), Devin Kay (Churchill) and Taylor Murdoch (Northwest), each of whom will get a first-place plaque.

"I'm excited, and it's kind of weird," Hinch said last night. "I was looking forward to playing today."

The boys who played yesterday knew they had to at least beat 72 to win a title. Donnie Shin of Oakland Mills and Warren West from Kent County came the closest, as both shot 73. They tied for sixth with Billy Peel from Churchill, which repeated as Class 4A-3A champion Monday, and Ricardo Camacho (Watkins Mill).

Shin's ending proved frustrating as the junior missed a three-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole that would have tied him with the leaders. The conditions yesterday were tougher than Monday with temperatures in the low 50s and the winds gusting.

"The greens were really slow today," Shin said. "That affected me a lot. It was a little [harder]."

Pikesville's Michelle Grilli also suffered a tough finish. The senior bogeyed three of the last four holes and slipped to a 76. That left her in second place, one shot behind Severna Park's Kelly Lynch, who shot a 75 on Monday and wound up as girls champion.

Grilli won the tournament as a sophomore, tied for second as a freshman and also took second last year.

"I just let myself down," Grilli said. "It's very disappointing, because I have no one to blame but myself."

Smithsburg won yesterday's Class 2A-1A team title with a 321, edging Stephen Decatur by one shot. Glenelg (353) and Century finished (354) finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's rules stated that this was to be a 36-hole tournament with Class 4A-3A going Monday and 2A-1A on Tuesday, and the top qualifiers returning for a second round yesterday. But if rain canceled either of the first two days, there would be no third day, making each golfer shoot 18 holes and determining winners from there.

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