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Zaccaria, Alicia Grier share top WACO junior title spot

August 10, 2004|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

Two young golfers with different games shared first place in the WACO junior championship at Beaver Creek Country Club on Monday.

Boonsboro's Nick Zaccaria was a model of consistency, carding a 3-over-par 75 without any birdies, going out in 37 and in at 38 over the 6,448-yard, par-72 layout.

Smithsburg's Alicia Grier, playing from the ladies' 5,262-yard markers, had a Jekyll and Hyde round, opening with a 41 but then coming alive with three birdies on the back nine that ended with a 34.

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Sharing first place, each won a $500 scholarship, as did St. James' Kim Eaton, who ended in third place with a 39-38 for a 5-over 77, just edging out Scott Steiner, who turned in a 78 as the week-long WACO festivities began.

Zaccaria, who will be a senior at Boonsboro, credited a week-long trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., in which he played every day.

"I was more consistent and thought about the shots I had in front of me," Zaccaria said of his best round of the summer. "I made a lot of up-and-downs, but actually could have been better if I hadn't missed two 5-foot birdie putts."

Grier, soon to be a sophomore at Smithsburg and the youngest of the three Grier-playing girls, wasn't a happy camper on the front.

"I didn't hit any greens on the front. Then on the back nine, I think I hit seven," Grier said. "This is my best overall scoring round of the year and definitely the best nine I've had."

Grier opened the back nine with a birdie on No. 10 on a 150-yard iron shot to eight feet of the cup, which she drained. On 13, a short wedge from 80 yards left her with a two-foot bird. On the par-5 15th at 445 yards, she was in trouble off the tee and hit an excellent trouble shot from under a tree that nearly went in the cup for an eagle. She made a three-foot putt for her third birdie.

Both players agreed Monday set the tone for the upcoming scholastic season, which begins Aug. 18 with the Washington County Public Schools championship.

"My round today sets a good feeling for the high school season," Zaccaria said.

"The county tournament should be fun," Grier said.

Activities continue at Beaver Creek with the media tournament at 9 this morning and qualifying for the Chi-Chi's Shootout at 5:30. Wednesday is Pro-Am day with a clinic at noon and tee time at 1.

The Chi-Chi's Shoootout will start at 5:15 Thursday and the long drive contest will be held Friday at 5 p.m.

The WACO championship tops off the week Friday and Saturday.

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