Severna Park won its third straight Anne Arundel County golf title yesterday at Compass Pointe Golf Course in Pasadena, carding a 319 total to outpace Broadneck (340) and third-place South River (355).
Severna Park was led by junior Kelly Lynch, who won the girls' individual title by shooting a 5-over-par 77. Matt Hardie, a sophomore at Broadneck, won the boys' individual title with a 78, followed by Severna Park junior Matt Guanti (79).
Both Lynch and Hardie were surprised that their scores stood against the competition.
"I played summer tournaments and normally 78 is like eighth place," Hardie said. "I was really surprised a 78 pulled it off because I know the Severna Park kids like Matt Guanti can shoot in the mid-70s."
Hardie and Lynch were somewhat familiar with Compass Pointe, having played the north and east courses before the practice round. Hardie said the familiarity helped with the blind drive on the north's No. 8 hole. . . .
Franklin County sophomore David Hudgins won individual honors with a 1-over 73 to lead the Eagles to the team title of the Virginia AAA Northwestern Region golf tournament at Forest Greens Golf Club in Triangle.
Franklin County, from Rocky Mount, Va., south of Roanoke, shot 304 as a team to best Albemarle (315), which earned the region's second berth into next week's Virginia AAA championship at the Piedmont Club in Haymarket.
Forest Park freshman Joe Buttgereit shot a 75 to finish third overall, and the Bruins shot 318 to finish third in the team competition. Buttgereit was one of five area golfers who qualified for the individual competition at the state meet. The others were Daniel Jones of Potomac, Justin Harding of Stafford, and Michael Ellis and David Gilmore of Culpeper. All four shot 77s yesterday.
A Northern Edge
Bailey Gronbeck, Stephanie Lloyd and Samantha Colaianni each scored in the second half to lead visiting Northern past Patuxent, 3-1, in a Southern Maryland Athletic Conference field hockey game.
The win snapped Patuxent's 26-game conference winning streak -- which began after the Panthers (8-2, 7-1 SMAC) opened the 2003 season with a loss to Great Mills -- and gave Northern (9-1, 8-0) sole possession of first place in the league.
Northern, which held a 17-7 advantage in shots on goal over the defending conference champion, trailed 1-0 after Mary Strain scored for Patuxent. After Gronbeck tied it at the start of the second half, Lloyd emerged from a scrum in front of the net to score the winner with 12 minutes 45 seconds left.
"My girls don't get rattled too easily," Northern Coach Dawn Moore said. "This is a good team, so if we find ourselves trailing we're going to keep playing our game. You know, 1-0 isn't going to bring them down." . . .
Osbourn Park ended visiting Culpeper's bid for a perfect district record with a 1-1 field hockey tie. Osbourn Park (4-5-1, 3-2-1 in the AAA Cedar Run) avenged a 5-0 loss to Culpeper (11-1-1, 5-0-1) earlier in the season. . . .
The Grace Brethren girls' soccer team defeated Key School for the first time in school history, 6-0, in Clinton.
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