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Baker earns Tri-State honor

August 14, 2007|by TIM KOELBLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Derek Baker may not have shot his best round of the season on Monday when he turned in a 7-over-par 79, but what he didn't expect made up for the day.

Baker was selected as the Tri-State Junior Golf Association golfer of the year, exemplifying sportsmanship by maintaining a high standard of ethics on and off the golf course.

"I wasn't expecting this award," said Baker, a junior at Waynesboro, a school that has produced the likes of Chad Bricker, Kevin Reiber, Jake Wetzel and Chris Breed through the junior ranks. "I've played with some of these guys from the past and I look up to them. I understand what the award means, by showing up, keeping your head in the game."

Baker received a plaque and an engraved golf bag.

Area golfers Liz Breed and Aaron Staley were two of the age-division winners as the Tri-State concluded its 12th season with its championship round at Waynesboro Country Club.

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Breed, of Waynesboro and the sister of Chris Breed, won the 14-15 title with a sterling even-par 72 covering 5,300 yards off the red tees.

Staley, of Hagerstown, won the 12-13 crown with an 8-over 80 as the boys played from 6,200 yards.

John Carey, of Shippensburg, Pa., won the 16-18 title with a 2-under 70. Carey has been playing as an individual in tournaments the past two years and is about to lead Shippensburg High School into its first varsity season.

Breed fashioned a 37-35 that included three birdies on the back nine. She birdied the par-4, 336-yard 13th, the par-5, 414-yard 14th and the par-4, 205-yard 16th.

"This is my best round (at Waynesboro)," she said. "I played pretty good all day."

Breed has improved her game dramatically over the past year and hopes to be reckoned with during her sophomore season at Waynesboro.

"My goal is to win the state," she said. "There are a lot of good players that get (to the state). That's what I want."

Staley, who is 12 and will be a seventh-grader at Northern Middle School, won his division for the third time this year. He had identical nines of 40.

"I played well and my putting was pretty good today," he said.

Carey and Breed, along with Andrew Duff, Haeun Lee, Hank Stricker and Alec Kessler, each qualified for a spot in the Black Rock Open in September.

The Tri-State Junior Golf Association has awarded 68 scholarships in its 12 years.

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