Eure, Smith strike familiar course pose

Crofton players prevail

Glenelg boys take title

State golf

October 26, 2006|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special To The Sun

COLLEGE PARK -- Josh Eure of South River and Lauren Smith of Arundel know each other because both often play golf at the Crofton Country Club. They now have one more thing in common - they're state champions.

Both sophomores led after their first day of competition Monday at the University of Maryland and played well again yesterday to wrap up their first state titles. The Glenelg boys did the same thing as a team, pulling away after being tied for first to become the first Howard County squad to win a state championship.

Eure played well as a freshman, but a broken wrist sidelined him before the state tournament. He worked his way through the cold and windy conditions that hampered this tournament, playing consistent golf throughout. Eure shot a 1-over-par 72 yesterday for a two-round total of 142, good enough for a four-shot victory.

He made five birdies in his first round Monday but struggled a little more yesterday. Eure had only 12 putts on the front nine and, despite finishing with three birdies this time, made a number of tough putts.

"My swing wasn't quite as good today as it was Monday," Eure said. "I tried to stay calm, [but] my putting saved me."

Smith also looked for more success this season. Rain limited last year's state tournament to just one day for all four classes, and Smith was frustrated by the fact that she shot an 86 and didn't get in contention.

But everyone chased her in this tournament. She shot a 74 on Monday and remained consistent in the second round, adding a 75 to finish with a three-shot victory.

"I came here, and I was hoping to hit the ball well," Smith said. "I didn't let [last year] bother me."

Smith's victory capped a strong season in which she won the Anne Arundel County and District titles.

Matt Philie (80), Andrew Schnichner (80), Steve Visnic (82) and Cody Dillon (83) also played consistent golf in yesterday's second round to help Glenelg (662 total for the two days) finish with a seven-shot victory over Parkside in the Class 2A-1A division.

Glenelg and Parkside were tied after round one, and Century took fourth with 688.

"It puts us on the map," Glenelg coach Bob Bowen said. "The kids really deserve it because they're good kids."

Churchill easily won the Class 4A-3A team title. The Montgomery County golf power posted a score of 604, easily beating runner-up La Plata (635) and North Carroll (639).

North Carroll completed a strong season with the third-place finish, posting a score that beat all of the Class 2A-1A teams and delighting coach Bill McDonald.

"It's been a steady progression for us," McDonald said.

Michael Coppa (78), Bryan Johnson (78), Travis Mewhirter (78) and Brian Rampolla (81) combined to shoot a sparkling 315 yesterday, and all four return for the Panthers next fall.

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