With four holes remaining in the Maryland boys' golf championships last week, Bowie junior Ray Hyre found himself tied with Wilbert Lynn III of Baltimore City College. Hyre had birdied three of five holes midway through the tournament's second round, including a near hole-in-one on No. 11, when his three-iron off the tee rolled to within six inches of the cup on the 215-yard hole.
But, down the stretch, Hyre could only look on admiringly as Lynn birdied the final four holes and edged Walter Johnson's Dennis Kwon by one stroke.
"That kid, he deserves everything for winning," Hyre said of Lynn. "He played so well."
Hyre played pretty well, too, shooting a 71-75 -- 146 to finish fourth on the par-71 University of Maryland Golf Course.
"To be in the last group on the last day is just outstanding," Bowie Coach Rodney Lathern said. "We've got this year's experience and last year's experience to pull on for next year. He's a junior. He had an outstanding year."
Hyre was not the county's only golfer playing with the leaders. Oxon Hill senior Deztany Jackson shot her best round of the season, a 4-over 76 in the tournament's opening round (par was 72 for the girls). She found herself playing the final round with Northeast senior Stephanie Connelly, who won her third state title with an even-par 144.
"I liked the experience of playing with Stephanie and Marlowe [Boukis of Dulaney]," who finished third, said Jackson, who took fifth with a 76-81 -- 157. Last year, Jackson shot a 90 when the tournament was limited to a single round.
"I played solid, I just missed a couple putts that lipped out," Jackson said after her second round. "I can do better."
Caroline Sweet of Eleanor Roosevelt placed sixth at 161. In the boys' tournament, Bowie's Billy Stoutsenberger, a three-time county champion, tied for 18th at 154.
Nearly everyone agreed that moving the county's high school golf season from the spring to the fall was beneficial.
"It's so much better," Hyre said. "It was a lot better because you play the whole summer, and the weather is better and the courses are in better shape, for the most part" in the fall than in the spring.