On May 31, when Paint Branch senior Scooter Clark was struck by a bolt of lightning while practicing on the University of Maryland golf course, his golf career appeared to be in limbo. He suffered a collapsed lung, went into a coma for 24 hours before awakening and spent a week in an intensive care unit.
"I don't even remember," said Clark. "It felt like I had just taken a long nap. The last thing I remember was taking a walk out of the door. It had an effect on me, but it wasn't a long-term effect."
Clark, however, more than battled back. Friday, he reached a high school goal and made state history. Playing on the same golf course where he had been struck by lightning, Clark made a six-foot putt on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff with Magruder's Shane Patterson to become the first black to win the Maryland state high school championship.
Several times during his drive for the state title, Clark had to make clutch putts to save par.
"Inside, I kept telling myself that I could do it," said Clark. "I hadn't been playing my best. Over the summer, I had played with Shane, but a lot of the time he would beat me by a stroke. On my first par of sudden death, I retained my confidence and I knew that I could do it."