A PHOTO CAPTION ON PAGE 12 OF SUNDAY'S EXTRA IDENTIFIED THE GOLFER PICTURED AS MICHAEL MASTERS. THE PHOTO WAS OF LOUDOUN VALLEY'S TYLER WOLFORD. (PUBLISHED 07/01/99)
Michael Masters will bear a lot of responsibility for the Loudoun Valley High School golf team this fall. If his performance at the Mid-Atlantic PGA Junior Tour series Tuesday is any indication, he will be able to carry the burden.
Masters shot an 82 at Stoneleigh Golf Club in Round Hill, finishing in seventh place in the boys 16- to 18-year-old division. First place was a tie between Eddie Bowie of Hughesville, Md., and Bob Ellrich of Timonium, Md., each of whom shot a 78. Richard Bamber of Waldorf, Md., and Chris Panos of Whiteford, Md., tied in third place with a 79.
David Litt of Potomac, Md., playing in the 14-15 age division, had the low score of the day with a 74.
Masters's score was the lowest of any player from Virginia. He advanced to the Region II playoffs and competed at the No. 2 spot last fall for the Vikings, who will start this season without five graduated players, including their No. 1 player.
Ashley Grier of Hagerstown, Md., shot a 92 to win the girls 15-18 division, followed by Katie Brenneman of Chevy Chase, Md., with a 97, and Stacy Brewer of Herndon and Lauren Frazar of Annapolis with 103.
Among local players, Loudoun Valley's Joel Bodine shot an 86 to finish in 21st place, Vikings teammate Matt Bintzler finished a stroke back to tie for 22nd place, and Broad Run's Robbie Dowling shot a 97 to tie for 33rd place.
Masters started sluggishly Tuesday but finished with a birdie on 17 and an eagle on 18. It was his first eagle in competition. He blamed his putting for his early problems in the game and said putting has been problematic for him for a while.
But on the 18th hole, Masters, who said he had a stroke average of "somewhere between 83 and 84," overshot the green with his second shot, then chipped in for eagle.
"If I can keep [the putter] in my bag, I'll be fine," Masters joked.
Boys, 16-18: Eddie Bowie, Hughesville, Md., 78; Bob Ellrich, Timonium, Md., 78.
Boys, 14-15: David Litt, Potomac, Md., 74.
Boys, 12-13: Jared Goslee, Salisbury, Md., 78.
Boys, 8-11 (nine holes): Chris Yim, Chester, Va., 39; Myles Vlachos, Monrovia, Md., 39.
Girls, 15-18: Ashley Grier, Hagerstown, Md., 92.
Girls, 12-14: Kimberly Daniels, Timonium, Md., 99.
Girls, 8-11 (nine holes): Sandra Changkija, Alexandria, 48.
CAPTION: Michael Masters had first eagle in competition en route to firing 82.