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Roland Park sophomore captures second straight IAAM girls golf championship

Last year, Roland Park Country School’s Mary Bryan Owen burst on the scene with a dominating 12-stroke victory in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland golf championship.

This year, things weren’t quite as easy for the sophomore.

Owen felt butterflies throughout the 18-hole event.

“It’s easy to win it once,” Owen said. “Being the reigning champ and coming back, there was pressure. It never really goes away.”

When all was said and done, though, the bottom line was the same. 

Owen captured another title, beating out teammates Lindsey Miller, a senior, and sophomore Alexis Emmett by five strokes to finish the two-day tournament with a seven-over-par 79 at Fox Hollow Golf Course in Timonium.

Owen’s attention immediately turned to the 2014 and 2015 tournaments.

 “I really want to be a four-time champion,” said Owen, who became only the second two-time champion in the tournament’s nine-year history.

Roland Park coach Tara Kramer said expectations placed on Owen, who is undefeated in her high school career, were a burden this spring.

“I definitely saw her put a lot more pressure on herself this year,” Kramer said. “I think as a freshman, no one knew about her yet. This year, she was a little bit more nervous and needed to settle into her game before she was feeling good.”

The 5-foot-7 Owen entered the second day two strokes ahead of Miller and Bryn Mawr’s Audrey Song before slowly pulling away from the pack in the final round with a birdie and six pars. 

“My drives went straighter today,” Owen said. “I stayed in the fairway more. Yesterday, I was hooking the ball. I had to get it back into play.”  

Roland Park also captured its seventh consecutive team championship, thanks to the foursome of Owen, Miller (42, 84), Emmett (41, 84) and senior Kim Credit (45, 88).

The Reds (149 points) finished ahead of archival Bryn Mawr (163) and McDonogh (168).

“That’s widest margin we've ever won by in a tournament,” Kramer said. “All four of the players' games peaked during the tournament, especially Alexis Emmett and Kim Credit. They both had career rounds.”   Results

1. Roland Park, 149; 2 Bryn Mawr, 163; 3 McDonogh 168; 4 Notre Dame Prep, 194; 5 Catholic, 213.

Results

1.     Roland Park, 149; 2. Bryn Mawr, 163; 3. McDonogh 168; 4. Notre Dame Prep, 194; 5. Catholic, 213.

Individuals

1 Owen, 79, Roland Park
t2 Miller, 84, Roland Park
t2 Emmett, 84, Roland Park
4 Breedan, 85, McDonogh
5 Credit, 89, Roland Park
6 A. Song, 90, Bryn Mawr
t7 K Song, 93, Bryn Mawr
t7 Brooks, 93 McDonogh
t8 Ross, 94, Bryn Mawr
t8 McCarthy, 94, McDonogh
9 Fioretti, 99, McDonogh  

Results

1.     Roland Park, 149; 2. Bryn Mawr, 163; 3. McDonogh 168; 4. Notre Dame Prep, 194; 5. Catholic, 213.

Individuals

1 Owen, 79, Roland Park
t2 Miller, 84, Roland Park
t2 Miller, 84, Roland Park
4 Breedan, 85, McDonogh
5 Credit, 89, Roland Park
6 A. Song, 90, Bryn Mawr
t7 K Song, 93, Bryn Mawr
t7 Brooks, 93 McDonogh
t8 Ross, 94, Bryn Mawr
t8 McCarthy, 94, McDonogh
9 Fioretti, 99, McDonogh  

 

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