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HCC's Hudlow qualifies for golf nationals

May 07, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

Caleb Hudlow has never played golf outside of the state of Maryland.

That is about to change. Hudlow punched his ticket to represent Hagerstown Community College in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Tournament after carding a two-round total of 159 on Tuesday in the Region XX Tournament at Beaver Creek Country Club.

"That'll be a sweet vacation," said Hudlow, who qualified as an individual since HCC didn't field a complete team. His card was the second best for individuals and was fifth overall in the medalist standings.

The HCC freshman will head to Scottsdale, Ariz. for the NJCAA nationals on May 20-23 at Palm Valley Golf Club.

Until then, the University of Maryland for the state tournament is the farthest the Boonsboro graduate has played away from Washington County.

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Hudlow came in with a second-day 84 on Tuesday, following a superb 3-over-par 75 on Monday.

"(Monday) was the kind of day you play for," said Hudlow. "Every drive, every putt ... they were there. It gave me courage."

Hudlow's pre-round routine was thrown off when there were confusion about Tuesday's tee times, but Monday's round gave him some leeway.

"I rushed around and maybe it knocked me off my feet a little," said Hudlow. "After Monday, I knew I still had some cushion."

Potomac State was the top qualifying team as Potomac's Brendan Dillon fired back-to-back 73s to win the medalist honors at 146.

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