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Leopards claim county golf title

October 03, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

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    HAGERSTOWN -- Three years ago as a freshman, Chris Bushey shot a 103 in his first Washington County Public Schools golf tournament.

    On Friday as a senior, Bushey grinded his way through the strong winds with an even-par 72 at Black Rock Golf Course to lead Smithsburg to a 335-stroke team total and a third consecutive team championship.

    "I actually thought the wind was favorable on the front nine," said Bushey. In his opening nine, he had four birdies, offset by a pair of bogeys, and shot a 2-under 34.

    Williamsport finished second with 352, followed by North Hagerstown at 354, Boonsboro at 355, Clear Spring at 364 and South Hagerstown at 418.

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"I'm happy with par," said Bushey, who last week carded a 6-under 66 on the par-72 Black Rock course in the Maryland 2A/1A District 1 Tournament. "There were some holes that I was surprised on the wind didn't affect the ball."

The numbers over the years have dwindled not only for Bushey, but for senior teammate A.J. Minnich, who chimed in with an 80. In his freshman season he carded a 99. On Friday he came home with 14 pars.

"There's no question I'm happy with the outcome," said Smithsburg coach Dan Neff. "It shows Chris is not just a one-man show. It shows where both of them have come from since they were freshmen and what they've done."

Matt Snowden's 90 and Kyle Huntzberry's 93 rounded out the team scoring for Smithsburg.

Most of the round for all involved was played with 10-to-20 mph winds, with stronger gusts throughout the day. It was also the warmest day in the last four years of the tournament. The rain held off until after the final group turned in their scorecards.

"There wasn't a 66 out there today for anyone," said Bushey. "The wind was tough, but probably the toughest on the greens."

Williamsport's Zach Weber carded a 5-over 77, but like most other golfers he had a hard time on the Black Rock greens.

"Couldn't make any putts," said Weber. "But I got used to the weather because this is how it probably will be at the states."

It might have been best to chip in from off the green. North's Becky Gossard could muster only an 86, but chipped in twice during her round.

Teammate Aaron Staley had a rough debut as a freshman, finishing with an 84 that led the Hubs but included several multi-putt greens. Soon after he turned in his scorecard, he was on the practice greens.

Tyler Thompson led Boonsboro with an 82 and Nick Hill and Zach Johnson each had 88 for Clear Spring. Isaac O'Brien's 99 was best for South Hagerstown.

Washington County Public Schools Championship

At Black Rock, par 72

Team Scores (top 4 count): Smithsburg 335; Williamsport 352; North Hagerstown 354; Boonsboro 355; Clear Spring 364; South Hagerstown 418

Smithsburg--Chris Bushey 72, A.J. Minnich 80, Matt Snowden 90, Kyle Huntzberry 93, Logan McSherry 94, Shane Fritts 98.

Williamsport--Zach Weber 77, Soct Drury 87, Kris Carr 93, Adam Eichelberger 95, Ryan Crabtree 97, Matt Sprenger 102.

North Hagerstown--Aaron Staley 84, Becky Gossard 86, Conner Spessard 86, Sam Robertson 98, Jason Moody 104.

Boonsboro--Tyler Thompson 82, Adam Schofield 88, Troy Hartle 90, David Wilbraham 95, Jeremy hardy 96, Jesse Mendez 100.

Clear Spring--Zach Johnson 88, Nick Hill 88, Tyler Brown 93, Kyle Shanholtz 95, Brian Lesher 97, charles Bachtell 120.

South Hagerstown--Isaac O'Brien 99. Luke Shindle 104, Matt Koebel 104, George Canova 114, Eric Sprecher 115, Charlie Williams 120.

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