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Boonsboro golfers qualify for state tournament

September 22, 2004|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

Boonsboro golf coach Greg Henry has been preaching for the last two weeks to his players about a target team score - one that if attained, might well be good enough to qualify as a team for the Maryland state tournament.

Maybe Henry should do more preaching.

The Boonsboro golfers hit Henry's target right on the nose Tuesday in the Class 2A-1A District tournament, as the Warriors were one of three teams to qualify for next month's state tournament at the University of Maryland.

"I've been telling them for two weeks that 320 as a team score would be good enough to qualify for the states," Henry said. "I can't tell you how excited I am for this team."

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Senior leader Nick Zaccaria had a 76, but it was senior Nick Lupo's 75 that was just as instrumental in the Warriors' success, a surprise to most.

"This was not something I expected," Lupo said of his best round of golf ever, bolstered by a strong short game. "I paid a lot of attention to each shot and my swing speed."

Also in on the act was Brian Poole, who shot an 82 for his best round of the year, and Miles Brown, who shot an 87. Zaccaria, Lupo, Poole and Brown will make up Boonsboro's state contingent.

"As a coach you always want to make it to the state tournament and get a banner hanging on the wall in the gym," Henry said.

"We knew we were underdogs but I've told them if they had desire they could do it."

The top three teams qualified, and at the top for the second straight year was Walkersville with a team score of 314, 12 shots better than a year ago.

Catoctin, with 319, was second as 109 golfers converged on the par-72 Black Rock Golf Course layout.

Walkersville coach George Baltic has guided the Lions to district titles in each of his first two seasons.

"I think the players thought they left some shots on the course, but I also thought 320, our average, would be good," Baltic said.

Senior Josh Williford (78) and Greg Nelson (78) were Walkersville's state-qualifying team last year and will be joined by newcomers Bryan Abbamonte (78) and George Ackland (80) this year.

Catoctin's veteran duo of Ian Cuddahee (77) and Derrick Thompson (78) led the Cougars, while Pat Clark (80) and David Crum (84) rounded out the foursome.

Five area boys and four girls, not on qualifying teams, will play in the state tournament on an individual basis. The biggest surprise might have come from the South Hagerstown camp, where freshman Robbie Suddith excelled with a 38-39-77.

Others making the trip will be Williamsport's Logan Hintze (75), Smithsburg's Brandon Sheaffer (79), Middletown's Tyler Ausherman (73) and Brunswick's Kyle Beeson (80). Smithsburg's dynamic girls duo of Andrea Grier (74) and Alicia Grier (79) are in the fold as well as Middletown's Kristen Waeber (84) and Brunswick's Brittany Switlick (98).

While his team did not qualify, Century's Kevin Grady shot a masterful 2-under 70 - which included a 3-under 33 on the front nine - to earn medallist honors.

Grady eagled his first hole of the tournament and, despite a pair of three-putts, grinded out his round.

"I was confident I could go after the pins," Grady said of his round, which earned him a third straight state berth. "Even with the three-putts, I putted well overall."

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