Chantilly All-Met golfer Billy Suh is academically ineligible to play this fall. The sophomore instead will play on the Plantations Junior Golf Tour, an 89-event weekend amateur circuit that begins next month.
"I'm not real disappointed that I can't play [for Chantilly]," said Suh, who added he does not expect to play for the school in the 2000 season, either. "Playing high school is just not enough practice for me. You just play nine holes and then you go home. That's not enough for me."
Suh won the Washington Metropolitan Golf Association Junior Open by four shots Tuesday and placed second at the Nordlinger Cup on Thursday after shooting an even-par 72 at Mount Vernon Country Club. He finished second at the Virginia State Golf Association stroke championship earlier this summer.
At Chantilly, Suh won the 1998 Virginia AAA Northern Region championship. He also finished third in the state tournament.
Chantilly Coach Ben Womble said he learned in May that Suh would not be eligible to play this fall. Womble said Chantilly requires students to pass five classes to be eligible to compete in varsity sports.
"He's the solid cornerstone we would have filled in around," Womble said.
The Plantations Tour runs through May and has stops in 12 states. The 36-hole events are played on Saturdays and Sundays and are open to boys and girls ages 8 to 19. College students are not eligible.
Oakton Baseball Coach
Scott Rowland, who has coached the South Lakes baseball team the last three years, was hired Friday by Oakton to replace retiring baseball coach Tom Hall.
Rowland led the Seahawks to a Northern Region title in 1997 and a Concorde District title in 1998. Before his stint at South Lakes he was an assistant to Hall for two years at Oakton.
"I'm here for the long term," Rowland said. "But I can promise you I won't be here for as long as Tom was."
Hall was the only coach the Cougars had in their 32-year history.
Calvert Loses Horsmon
Tim Horsmon, coach of Maryland 3A volleyball champion Calvert, accepted a position last week to become head volleyball coach at Robert Morris College in Pittsburgh.
"I'm missing [Calvert] already," said Horsmon, a Calvert County native who posted a 60-5 record with two Southern Maryland Athletic Conference titles in three years at the school. "Besides leaving my friends and family, the hardest part [about leaving] was giving up my team and talking to them and seeing them every day."
Robert Morris, which competes in the Northeast Conference, was 6-23 last season.
Special correspondents Mitch Rubin and Josh Leventhal contributed to this report.