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Miles wins by a mile

August 25, 2000

Miles wins by a mile



By DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Writer


After shooting a career-best 69 at Black Rock Golf Course on Thursday en route to the Washington County High School individual title, Steve Miles' first thought after walking off the 18th green was simple.

"I've got my Dad by one now," the Williamsport junior said, grinning.

Miles smiled a lot during an incredible round where he never fell below even-par, shooting 35 on the front nine before finishing with birdies on 17 and 18 to pull away to a seven-shot victory.

"I just wanted to have fun and play my own game," Miles said. "I tried not to put too much pressure on myself."

Miles' great day led Williamsport to the team title with 327, knocking off North Hagerstown, which won the tournament each of its first two years, by eight. Boonsboro won a tiebreaker over Clear Spring for third with 360.

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Miles' fast start gave him a three-shot lead going into 16, a short par-5. From the right, he chipped his third shot across the length of the green to within four feet and holed the birdie putt to get to 2-under.

His tee shot on 17, a par-3, was his best of the day, as his iron landed four feet past the hole and spun back to within a foot for a birdie.

"That felt good," Miles said. "I hit it a little lower than I wanted, but it checked up nicely. That's how it was going today."

"He felt he had enough of a lead at 17, he'd hit it at the pin," Williamsport coach Rod Steiner said.

Miles finished his round with a two-putt par on the par-4 18th, the second putt from four feet he handled without problem.

"That last putt ... he stepped up and hit it like it was a one-footer," Steiner said. "If he doesn't have confidence, he misses that putt."

Matt Belin, a South Hagerstown senior, shot a 4-over 76 to finish second and was pleased with his round.

"I got some good bounces an played an ideal round of golf," Belin said. "Last year I didn't fare so well, and this year I was focused and determined to shoot well here."

Smithsburg junior Ashley Grier, the only girl in the field, played with Miles in the first pairing of the day and shot 78, good for third.

"I hit the ball well, I just didn't putt well," Greer said. "I lost about four shots on putting."

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