South River's Eure leads by 1 in 4A-3A

State golf championship

October 24, 2006|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to the Sun

COLLEGE PARK -- A broken wrist kept Josh Eure out of last year's state golf tournament. The South River sophomore got a much better break this fall.

Eure made an impressive debut in the state tournament, braving cold and windy conditions to shoot a 1-under-par 70 yesterday at the University of Maryland course for a one-shot lead after the first day of competition for Class 4A-3A players.

Class 2A-1A golfers are scheduled to play their first round today, and those who qualify from all four classes return for a second and final round tomorrow.

Montgomery County power Churchill (300), a four-time defending champion, was in first place after yesterday's action, leading Broadneck (315), La Plata (321), North Carroll (324), Arundel (326) and Whitman (328), the other teams that qualified for tomorrow's final round.

The 50-degree temperature and 15-mph winds made play difficult for all golfers and helped push scores up. But Eure learned from a practice round last week how not to be bothered by the wind. He simply let the wind help his ball go in the desired direction.

"I used the wind; I didn't try to keep the ball out of it," Eure said. "You've still got to stay focused."

Eure finished with five birdies and four bogeys and held a one-shot lead over Churchill's Billy Peel. Spencer Gifford of Westminster and Magruder's Tyler Jacobs were two shots back at 72. Lauren Smith of Arundel is the girls leader at 74.

For the North Carroll boys, qualifying for the second day - a first for the school - is the perfect end to a perfect season. The Panthers went 14-0 and won conference, district and county championships. Michael Coppa (76) was the team's top golfer yesterday.

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