Consistency earns Lions a record win

Liberty first Carroll team to take state title

October 25, 2007|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special To The Sun

COLLEGE PARK -- The Liberty golf team listened to coach Paul Bangle's advice and made a little history yesterday.

Liberty became the first Carroll County team to win a state golf championship when it captured the Class 2A-1A title at the University of Maryland. The Lions' score of 633 for the two-day event beat defending champion Glenelg by six shots and set a Class 2A-1A record.

Bangle has spent the past few years telling his players that playing consistently will help them win big events. They did just that this year, capturing the Carroll County, District and Monocacy Valley Athletic League Blue Ridge Conference crowns before topping it off yesterday.

"It feels amazing," Bangle said. "I can barely believe it. It's an exceptional end to a great year."

Consistency was the key as seniors Frank Cinquegrani (78-75), John Rosecrans (78-77), Justin Catlin (78-80) and Tyler Bush (84-83) never wavered. It was even tougher as much of the day was spent battling rain and wind.

"We were happy that we could do this the whole year," Cinquegrani said. "We [reached] every goal."

Glenelg's foursome of Matt Philie, Alex Taylor, Cody Dillon and Steve Bisnic stayed close but couldn't quite match the Lions.

Century finished third at 643, four shots behind runner-up Glenelg. Walt Whitman, from Montgomery County, won the Class 4A-3A team title with a state record score of 596.

Alex Hoffman of Middletown won the boys individual title. He tied with Bel Air's Brandon Powers for first place at 141. But Hoffman beat Powers on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the crown.

Powers had a chance to lock up the title on the first hole of the playoff. Hoffman bogeyed, and Powers just needed to make a 3-foot par putt but barely missed.

Hoffman then got a par to win the second hole when Powers bogeyed again.

"Obviously, today wasn't my day," Powers said. "I just didn't make the putts."

Caroline Sweet of Eleanor Roosevelt shot a 4-under-par 68 to post a 10-shot victory for the girls title.

Lauren Smith of Arundel, last year's winner, tied for second place.

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