Paint Branch senior Scooter Clark sank a six-foot par 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 championship yesterday at the University of Maryland Golf Course.

Churchill junior Kim Cayce won the girls state crown for the second straight year, finishing with a 161 to easily beat Gaithersburg's Tara Hipp (169).

Churchill and Gaithersburg, tied at 665 at the end of the 36-hole tournament, went into a sudden-death playoff to determine the team title. On the third hole, all four Bulldogs shot par to give Churchill the state crown.

Clark's stunning performance, though, was the highlight of the tournament.

"It always is an accomplishment {being the first black to win a state title}," Clark said, as his father Lucius, with tears in his eyes, stood alongside him.

"When I played down in the south and won a tournament, it was always fun to win. Being that it was the first time that I was in a sudden-death playoff, the crowd sort of got to me, but I was pumped to win it."

Patterson held a slim lead going into the second day after shooting a 78 on Thursday to Clark's 80.

Clark nearly won it on the par-3 second hole of the playoff, just missing a birdie on his second shot, but the putt went slightly left. Both golfers ended up shooting par.

On the par-4 third hole, Patterson drove into a cluster of trees, and Clark kept his shot on the fairway. That was all Clark needed as he parred the hole and watched Patterson get a triple-bogey.

"I still wanted to play my game," said Clark, about Patterson's shot in the trees. "I was just carrying the ball straight ahead and I was kind of laid back."

For Cayce, winning the girls title again provided a mental boost. "By winning it two years straight, I feel that I really proved myself," she said.