On a team with seven players averaging in the 30s for nine holes, Churchill sophomore Alex Brown has received limited playing time this season. But when the Maryland public school golf championships are held later this month, the transfer from Bullis figures to be among the favorites in the girls' tournament after shooting an even-par 71 last week to win the District 2 girls' title at Laytonsville Golf Course.

"That was her career best in competition, and she came up with it at the right time," Churchill Coach Arnold Tarzy said.

The Bulldogs -- a coed team -- went 18-0 this season in match play and are expected to make a run at a fourth consecutive Maryland 4A/3A title. The state event crowns a team champion and boys' and girls' individual champs.

Seniors Devin Kay and Billy Peel had the lowest scoring averages in Montgomery County this season, Kay at 35 and Peel at 35.7. The coed District 2 tournament, the state qualifier, is Monday at Poolesville.

"Since the first day of tryouts, all the preseason rounds, all the practice rounds, [Kay and Peel] are in a dead heat to the stroke, after about 30 nine-hole rounds," Tarzy said. "Each is averaging under par. It's pretty impressive."

-- Josh Barr