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Levy turns master of unknown to win

August 22, 2006|by TIM KOELBLE

Scott Levy doesn't seem to be too worried about playing on unfamiliar golf courses.

The Cumberland Valley Christian School sophomore captured the Tri-State Junior Championship in the 16-18 age division on Monday at Fountain Head Country Club with a 5-over par-76.

It was Levy's first visit to Fountain Head since last year's Tri-State event. But knowing the course wasn't a huge priority, especially since he had won a Tri-State event in his first-ever visit to Stonebridge Golf Club in Martinsburg, W.Va.

"I'd never been to Stonebridge and I only remembered Fountain Head as being a tight course," said the 16-year-old, who carded 38s on each nine.

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Levy posted a two-stroke victory over Chambersburg's Tyler Straub, followed by Smithsburg's Alicia Grier and North Hagerstown's Steve Hutzell with 79s.

Waynesboro's Derek Baker, who played an early round to be able to pay in the Indians' opening-day team match in the afternoon, carded a 76 for honors in the 14-15 division. Williamsport's Zach Weber won the age 12-13 division with a 91.

Grier fell short in her goal of winning the Tri-State final, but was named the Tri-State Golfer of the Year.

Levy left his driver in the bag for most of the round, using it only three times in an effort to control the golf ball throughout Fountain Head's tree-lined fairways.

"I hit mostly 3-irons," said Levy. "I just wanted to keep the ball in play."

Birdies were tough to come by. Levy's only one came on the par-5 No. 5, playing 443 yards.

Grier, coming off wins in the Junior Masters, WACO Juniors and Washington County Public Schools tournament, was considered a favorite to win, but Levy's mindset was different.

"I came in to play the course, not the players," said Levy. "You know (Grier) can always go low."

However, Grier couldn't get her putts to drop.

"I played well, but (Fountain Head) is a tougher course," said Grier. "It's a completely different game."

Nonetheless, Grier was excited about her post-tournament award, signifying a golfer that shows etiquette, sportsmanship, promptness and attitude.

"It's amazing to get this award ... It's a great award," said Grier. "I'm very happy. It's just not about golf, but for all the other reasons."

Notes: Tri-State President Don Mowen announced that Fountain Head assistant pro Ryan Allen, a North Hagerstown graduate, will become chairman of the Tri-State Juniors. ... Allen also recently passed his Playing Ability Test (PAT) when he shot a 74-71 to become medalist at Geneva Farms Golf Club, near Baltimore.

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