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Jefferson takes second in Glenn

September 17, 2004|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson nearly supplanted Loudoun Valley (Va.) as the reigning champion in the Dr. Marshall Glenn Invitational at Sleepy Hollow on Thursday.

For the third consecutive year, Loudoun Valley walked off with the title, carding 305 team strokes, three better than Jefferson. Mercersburg Academy was third with 320, Martinsburg fourth with 324 and Hedgesville fifth with 328.

The Cougars had four golfers break 80 on the 6,429-yard, par-72 layout at Sleepy Hollow, led by a 75 from Brian Collins. Kevin Radlich followed with a 77 and Matt Robertson and Morgan Portrey each contributed 78.

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"I'm extremely pleased with the effort," Jefferson coach Don Hetzel said. "It was a good tourney and we came close against a team (Loudoun) loaded with talent. This was a positive performance."

Collins tied Loudoun Valley's Zach Kendall for the second-best round of the day, three strokes behind Loudoun medalist Nick Kelley, who repeated his performance from last year.

Golf isn't at the top of Collins' favorites list, ranking behind baseball where he not only plays on the high school varsity, but also in area fall leagues.

"Golf is a hobby," said Collins, a junior. "I practice a lot and Radlich helps me out. I just like to go out and play the game."

Collins said he had some lucky breaks during is round, including his final hole on 14, a 390-yard par-4 and his last of the day in the shotgun format, when he nearly lost his ball. He managed to locate it, chip uto within eight feet of the pin and put in a putt for par.

With the West Virginia regionals coming in the near future, Jefferson is hoping to make a strong challenge at Martinsburg, perennially the area power.

"I think we've got a pretty good chance," Collins said. "It's not easy, but I think this year is ours."

Martinsburg was led by Drew Petrucci and Sam Harrison, each with 77, and J.C. Quinn's 79. But a 91 by No. 4 player Corey Jackson held back the Bulldogs.

"Corey has had several evening college classes and really hasn't played much for two weeks," Martinsburg coach Evan Boyko said. "He averages about 84 and that is significant."

However, the Bulldogs as a team have not been playing up to expectations this summer and early fall.

"The kids were playing very well during the summer but now they're not scoring and that is deflating," Boyko said. "It gets to be mental. ... We've just got to keep at it."

Ted Zimmerman led Mercersburg Academy with a 77, Zach Walburn's 76 led Hedgesville, Scott Barrows had an 88 to lead St. Maria Goretti (363), A.J. Blankenship had an 88 for Berkeley Springs (376) and Caleb Coffman and Holisky each had 94 for Musselman, which was missing No. 1 player Kyle Johns.

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