Golf players of the year

June 04, 2008

Girls Morgan Koopman McDonogh

Koopman, who has an 8- handicap, suffered only one loss in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference to powerhouse Roland Park. In the IAAM golf championship, Koopman scored a 78 to win the title, and she was named an IAAM All-Star.

Koopman, a junior, plans to compete in several events this summer, including tournaments in Maryland at the Suburban Club, Turf Valley Country Club and Oakmont Green.

"Morgan is a delightful young lady on and off of the course," McDonogh coach Diane Young said. "She is tons of fun but a serious competitor once a match commences."

Boys Patrick Hohman Boys' Latin

Hohman won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association individual championship with a playoff victory over Gilman's Brad Miller and a score of 73. Hohman, a four-year varsity player, will attend Methodist College in North Carolina and will enroll in the Professional Golf Management Program.

Hohman, who aspires to turn professional, won an event in the Titleist Junior Tour. He was team MVP and the team points leader.

"He represents all that is true about hard work and determination," Boys' Latin coach Mason Champion said. "That is where his true talent is. He was a captain and led by example."

Girls coach Tara Kramer Roland Park

Kramer guided Roland Park to its second consecutive undefeated season (5-0) and Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championship.

After being tied after the first day with McDonogh, Roland Park finished the second day seven points ahead of McDonogh.

Roland Park has won three IAAM championships in the past four years.

Boys coach Paul Bangle Liberty

Bangle helped Liberty become the first Carroll County school to win a state championship. He also guided Liberty to county, conference and district titles.

Bangle said the key was the extra work the team put in during the offseason, and the commitment the team made to reaching the final.

"Last year we made it to states, but we did not qualify for the second day," Bangle said. "That kind of resonated in their head a little bit. So, they wanted to get some tournament experience and get back to that state tournament to give themselves a chance."

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