Churchill yesterday won its fourth consecutive Maryland 4A/3A golf championship when rain forced the cancellation of the second round of the scheduled 36-hole event at the University of Maryland Golf Course. Individual champions will not be determined until today, when the 2A/1A rain-shortened 18-hole round is complete.

Both classifications were scheduled to play their second round today after having their fields cut, but the weather forced the 2A/1A event to today.

Churchill's 306 edged Northern, which carded a 312.

"My whole team is disappointed at not having a chance to get back out," Churchill Coach Arnold Tarzy said. "We would have liked the opportunity to take a crack at the [tournament] two-day record" of 605 set by Whitman in 1999.

Churchill's Devin Kay, Northwest's Taylor Murdoch, La Plata's Vincent Hancock, Northern's Sam Hoffer and Aberdeen's Pat Hinch are in a five-way tie for the individual boys' lead after shooting 72 on Monday. Kelly Lynch of Severna Park has the girls' lead at 75. Those players will have to wait until today's 2A/1A round to see if their scores hold up.

Under normal circumstances, there would have been a playoff to break a tie for the individual championship, but that will not happen this year if the 72 holds up. Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association Executive Director Ned Sparks said the decision not to extend the tournament by another day because of the rain is due to several factors, including missed class time for students and teachers who coach the teams. "It's not good, it's not perfect," he said. "But that's what we have."

-- Josh Barr