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County title caps Hintze's day

August 18, 2005|By TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

Logan Hintze might well wear a special hat with "W" on the front every time he tees up the golf ball this season.

To honor his brother now serving in the Air National Guard, Hintze donned his older sibling's cap and reached a milestone, finishing an 18-hole round in red numbers for the first time.

The 6-foot-4 senior led Williamsport to the title in the Washington County Championships on Wednesday at Black Rock with a superb 1-under-par 71 as the Wildcats scored a 304, far ahead of second-place Smithsburg's 320.

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"This is the hat (brother Luke) wore two years ago," said Hintze. "Before I started today, I dedicated my round to him."

Starting from No. 1 in the shotgun format, Hintze birdied the opening hole and remained steady throughout the next 12 before he caught fire to gain some breathing room from North Hagerstown's Steve Hutzell, Smithsburg's Brandon Sheaffer and his teammate, Andrew Duff.

He collected three consecutive birdies, starting on the par-5 14th hole when he drained a 5-foot putt and followed with a 12-foot bird on the par-3, 153-yard 15th. He claimed a third on the par-5, 485-yard 16th with an excellent chip that led to a 4-foot putt.

"I knew I could play well, but I never thought about breaking par," Hintze said. "I just brought everything together and my short game was on fire. The key was from 75 feet in and my outing was real good."

Hintze is Williamsport's lone senior on a team that missed getting to the state tournament last season, but the Wildcats showed they will be a team to reckon with this year.

Backing up Hintze and Duff were Matt Weber with a 78 and Brendan Benisek with an 80.

"It's a good start for us, now all we have to do is the same in October when it is qualifying time," said Williamsport coach Rod Steiner.

Sheaffer and Hutzell were under par midway through their rounds before fading a little on the back nine. Sheaffer was Smithsburg's top gun with a 3-over-par 75, while Hutzell led North with a 74.

Boonsboro was third with 340 strokes. North had 345, while South Hagerstown, playing without three expected regulars, had 421, and Clear Spring had 470.

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