Warriors golfers advance to states

September 30, 1998|By JACK HILL III

The Boonsboro golf team proved there is a big difference between teamwork and team work.

The Warriors needed teamwork to earn a berth in the upcoming Maryland State Tournament. Their success, though, came because Boonsboro had a team that worked independently.

Boonsboro entered Tuesday's regionals at Black Rock Golf Course as a darkhorse - in fact, the tournament could have been confused for a team meeting.

Yet, the Warriors turned hours of individual effort into dramatic improvement to finish fourth in the 23-team field to earn an invitation to Oct. 19-20 state tournament at the University of Maryland.


Matt Sullivan tied Southern Garrett's Kane Wengard by carding a 4-over 76 for medalist honors to lead Boonsboro to a team score of 340 and the fourth and final team berth to the states.

"That is amazing that we qualified for the state tournament," Boonsboro coach Craig Poisal said. "We have never had an opportunity to practice as a team at Black Rock. All of our players have spent a lot of time practicing on their own. That is why that we have been so successful."

The only times the Boonsboro players were seen together were at matches, where the Warriors finished with an unspectatular 8-7-1 record. But the individual work put Boonsboro within 18 of the team title, which Middletown and Walkersville shared. Urbana finished third at 337.

Sullivan saved his best for the regional, beating Chaz Himes for team medalist honors.

"I just went out there and tried to hit as many greens as I could,"Sullivan said. "This performance today ranks up there as one of the best that I have had this year."

The top four teams qualified for the state tournament along with the top individual players. Brad Dixon, Preston Semler and Jamie Ayers will join Sullivan and Himes in representing Boonsboro at College Park, Md.

"I am glad that we qualified as a team," said Himes, who shot an 81. "Our team came through very well today. We picked each other up when we needed to."

Ryan Allen of North Hagerstown also qualified for the state tournament.

In the girls tournament, Ashley Grier of Smithsburg fired a 97 to edge Thomas Johnson's Jen Vantucci by one stroke.

Grier and Vantucci will advance to the state tournament as the region's only representatives.

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