Leopards start MVAL reign despite rain

October 20, 2007|By TIM KOELBLE

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Mother Nature tried to wash out the Antietam Conference Golf Tournament a second straight year before the first ball was struck.

Midway through, another blast of rain brought players off the Whitetail Golf Resort course for nearly one hour.

However, Smithsburg weathered the delays, damp track and heavy air to win the MVAL Antietam title with 353 strokes from its top four scorers.

Williamsport was second (366), Clear Spring collected a surprising third-place finish (382), followed by Boonsboro (387), Catoctin (396) and Brunswick (472) over the par-72 layout.

Sophomore Haeun Lee played her usual steady game to lead the Smithsburg brigade with a 3-over 75, playing the ladies tees from 5,063 yards.


Starting on the first hole in the shotgun format, Lee posted birdies on the 264-yard, par-4 fourth hole and 101-yard, par-3 sixth on the way to a 35 on the front nine.

Following the rain delay, Lee struggled on the back nine with five bogeys and one birdie, sinking a 3-foot putt on the par-3 14th, at the time leaving her at even par for the round.

"It was tough coming back out," said Lee. "I started getting tired, the bag was getting heavy. I had some mishits on the back nine."

Rounding out the scoring for the Leopards were Chris Bushey with an 88, Brandon Keefer with a 91 and A.J. Minnich with a 99.

The top boys score came from Williamsport's Andrew Duff, who collected a 7-over-par 79 from the boys tees, which measured 6,433 yards.

Duff started terribly from No. 1 with four straight bogeys but battled back with pars until wavering on the last two holes with a balky putter.

"Four bogeys to start, it was my putting," said Duff. "I've got some work to do with my putter."

Dustin Starliper backed up Duff with an 86. Starliper, Lee and Duff are preparing for the Maryland 1A/2A state tournament next week at The University of Maryland.

"I'm excited but a little scared," said Lee of her upcoming steps onto the big stage at College Park. "My goal is to shoot 150 for the two days."

Duff, with an improvement with the blade, is also ready.

"I said after the district my goal was 150 or better and I'm still confident I can do that," he said.

T.J. Socks led Clear Spring's showing with a 92, closely followed by Adam Lipella and Brandon Grimm, each with 93. Joey Demartino led Boonsboro with a 90.

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