Washington Post correspondent Josh Leventhal recently met with Churchill golf coach Mike Dichov to discuss the Bulldogs' championship season. Churchill held off Liberty by 11 strokes on a cold and rainy October afternoon to win its seventh Maryland 4A/3A golf championship since.

* When did you realize your team had a shot at winning the title?

Dichov: I knew last year, because we did very well and got beaten by a better team. If they improved, I knew they will have a chance. We played McDonough (last year) and they were loaded, but if each one of [our players] improved, we could win it.

* Did you know things were going your way at the state tournament?

I was actually nervous when the scores were posted. We went higher than last year by just a little bit. The conditions were so tough but I thought we handled it better than the other teams. We just got through it better. That showed me that the guys were tough and we can handle different conditions.

* How does this year's team compare with past Churchill state champions?

It's right there with any of them. They set a district record at 297, which means they were averaging 75 or less. So I think it's as good as any that's been here.

* How enjoyable was it to lead your team to a championship?

It was very rewarding at the end because I felt they deserved it.