BY RANDY MCROBERTS
With a chance to qualify for this year’s Maryland State Golf Tournament, high school golfers put their best swings and putts into action Tuesday in the District VII Tournament at Chesapeake Bay Golf Course-Rising Sun.
When the final scores were tabulated, no team from the UCBAC qualified for the state tourney, while nine individual players made the cut. Six were from Harford County schools and three from Cecil County.
C. Milton Wright took home top team honors and just missed qualifying for the state event.
The Mustangs shot 341, a stroke off the cut line of 340 or lower. North Harford was a close second at 344, while Rising Sun was third at 355. Fallston, 358, and Patterson Mill, 359, closed out the top five. Rounding out the field were Harford Tech, 361; North East, 373; Aberdeen, 373; Perryville, 387; Bel Air, 400; Bo Manor, 410; Elkton, 430; and Havre de Grace, 456.
Joppatowne and Edgewood did not field complete teams.
Individually Fallston’s Liz Silbernagel won the girls title with a 78, qualifying her for states.
Josh Yates of North East also shot 78 to lead the boys.
CMW’s Randy Callahan was one of four state qualifiers to shoot 79 in leading the Mustangs to the district team title.
CMW’s other team members contributing to the win were Ryan Kissner, 85; Greg Raad, 88; and Shane Harper, 89.
North Harford qualified two golfers as Ryan Triller and Pat Neal each shot 79. Jim Munchel, 87, and John Heaps, 99, were the Hawks other two scorers.
Patterson Mill also qualified two golfers for the state tourney. Eric Langrehr shot 81 and Stefany King shot 92 to qualify.
Rising Sun had the other state qualifiers in Jake Reeves, 79, and Casey VanDyke, 81.
“Tough weather certainly was a factor, it was very windy,” said North Harford coach Nick Panos. “This sure shows how important every shot is in team golf.”