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Ausherman aces regional

October 05, 2000

Ausherman aces regional



By DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Writer


By the time Travis Ausherman made his only mistake Wednesday in the Regional Golf Championships - more than four hours into his round - it would have taken a massacre to take his title away.

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Despite a double bogey-bogey finish, Ausherman, a Middletown junior, finished at 1-under-par 71 at Black Rock Golf Course, winning the individual championship by three shots.

"I felt like nothing could go wrong," Ausherman said. "On 17 (a short par-3), I hit a 9-iron and misclubbed. It was really my only mistake today."

Ausherman, who won the Frederick County tournament in September, overpowered the field with birdies on each of the four par-5s. His six birdies counteracted three bogeys and the double, and his front-side 34 put the tournament squarely in his hands.

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"It's the confidence level I have," Ausherman said. "I've played well this far, and it's the confidence level, that's what it is."

"He's been consistent all year, so (his performance) doesn't surprise me much," Knights coach Rock McQuillen said. "He's been around par all year long."

Smithsburg's Ashley Grier played her first nine holes in even-par and finished with a 2-over 74 for second place, easily qualifying for the state girls individual competition.

"I played pretty good, pretty steady," Grier said, giving credit for her play to last weekend's trip to Florida for the Oldsmobile 2000 National Team Championships, where she played as a member of Beaver Creek Country Club. "I'm not nervous anymore at all, I'm used to playing in tournaments. It helped playing in Florida, it helps to play with the (club) pros."

Walkersville won the team competition with 314, as all five Lions shot 80 or lower, led by Doug Ogg's third-place 76.

"My number one guy, (Eli) Baltic, he averages a 74, and he shoots 80," Walkersville coach Bruce Zimmerman said. "We're pretty consistent (from players) one through seven. I expected us to qualify five, and we did."

Other individual qualifiers included Smithsburg's Seiji Hirai (77) and Williamsport's Mike Griffee (78) and Steve Miles (80).

Middletown (322) finished second in the 18-team Class 1A/2A field to take the other spot in the state tournament. Urbana finished third (327), Williamsport was fourth (332) and Smithsburg finished fifth (339).

North Hagerstown finished first in 3A/4A with 350 points, but also did not qualify, failing to meet the required 340 standard. Kevin Barkow earned an alternate spot for the individual competition with an 83.

Regional Golf Championships

The following teams and players qualified for the Maryland Golf Championships at the University of Maryland Oct. 23-24:

Teams:

Walkersville, Middletown

Girls:

Ashley Grier, Smithsburg

Boys:

Seiji Hirai, Smithsburg

Mike Griffee, Williamsport

Steve Miles, Williamsport

Mike Melcher, Walkersville*

Justin Ellis, Frederick

Kevin Goode, Brunswick

*- Top four players from each team advance in the team competition. Melcher was fifth for Walkersville, but qualified for the state tournament as an individual.

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