Glenelg boys tie Parkside for 2A-1A lead

Gladiators seek 1st team title in today's state tourney final


October 25, 2006|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special To The Sun

COLLEGE PARK -- Glenelg has never fared well in the state golf tournament, but the Gladiators are changing things this year.

Glenelg's boys prevailed through cold and windy conditions yesterday and tied for first place after the initial day of competition in the Class 2A-1A tournament at the University of Maryland. Parkside also has a share of the lead heading into today's final round.

Four-time defending champion Churchill is in good shape after establishing a 15-stroke lead over Broadneck in the Class 4A-3A on Monday. Glenelg and Parkside are tied with scores of 337 from yesterday's Class 2A-1A competition. Along with Walkersville (341) and Century (346), they qualify for the second day.

Team championships will be awarded in both divisions, but there will be just one boys and one girls individual champion as all four classes play their final round today.

The Gladiators scored fifth out of eight teams in last year's tournament, which rain cut down to one day, for their best team finish in school history. But Glenelg's foursome of Matt Philie (78), Andrew Schnickner (81), Steve Visnic (85) and Cody Dillon (94) played consistently on a day more suited to football than to golf.

"They came through today," Glenelg coach Bob Bowen said. "I'm very optimistic about [the final round]."

Four boys tied for the day's low score. Tyler Ausherman (Middletown), Donnie Shin (Oakland Mills), Kyle Gebhart (Stephen Decatur), and Andrew Stenger (Century) all shot 75. But even though they were first on this day, they're still five shots behind South River's Josh Eure, who shot a 1-under-par 70 on Monday.

Devonne Richardson of Milford Mill led the girls yesterday with an 86. Arundel's Lauren Smith leads the girls with the 74 she shot Monday.

Richardson appears to be the first Milford Mill player ever to qualify for the state tournament.

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