2004 All-Metro Golf Team
Greg Rodgers, St. Paul's (Sun photo by Lloyd Fox / June 4, 2004)
He leaves St. Paul's after being one of the best golfers to ever play in this area. Rodgers is headed for Notre Dame to play golf after becoming the first player to win the MIAA A Conference title three times by edging teammate Tyler Bare on the first extra hole of this year's tournament. Rodgers and Bare set the MIAA record with a score of 219 in the tournament. Rodgers had to sink a short putt on the 18th to force a playoff and then made birdie on the first extra hole. The senior played No. 1 for the Crusaders during three of his four years. St. Paul's went 58-5 while Rodgers was at the school. "He was just great for us," St. Paul's coach Rick Collins said.
Coach of the Year: Mike Dooley, Mount St. Joseph
Dooley guided the Gaels to their first match-play title in 19 years. Mount St. Joseph finished 12-1 overall, its only loss coming to St. Paul's, which Loyola upset in the semifinals. The Gaels then beat the Dons, 12 1/2 -8 1/2 , in the championship match. Led by first-team picks Matt Bassler and Josh Jenkins, Mount St. Joseph finished second in the MIAA A Conference in the regular season behind St. Paul's before rolling to the title in the postseason. This was Dooley's 11th year as coach and his first championship. "This was a solid team this year," Dooley said.
Trip Bare, St. Paul's
Bare combined with Rodgers to give the Crusaders one of the best 1-2 duos in the MIAA - a big reason they won the conference's regular-season title again. He played No. 2 for St. Paul's this season and was consistent all season. He finished fifth in the MIAA tournament, eight shots back of Rodgers and younger brother Tyler Bare. Trip will play at James Madison next year.
Tyler Bare, St. Paul's
Bare played No. 5 for St. Paul's this season. After a good season, he nearly pulled off a huge surprise in the MIAA tournament. Bare shot a 69 in the final round and pushed Rodgers to extra holes before losing the battle for first place on the first hole.
Matt Bassler, Mount St. Joseph
Bassler played No. 1 for the past two years and helped the Gaels win the match-play championship. He finished sixth in the MIAA tournament. Bassler will be playing for Loyola College next season.
Stephanie Connelly, Northeast
She was one of the area's dominant golfers again this year. Connelly just missed winning a third straight state title, losing to Christina Gonzalez of Great Mills by one shot in the Class 4A-3A tournament last fall.
Josh Jenkins, Mount St. Joseph
Jenkins ended a strong season with a big performance in the MIAA tournament. He finished third overall, just four shots behind Rodgers and Tyler Bare. Jenkins won over 86 percent of the points he competed for this season while playing No. 4 for the Gaels as they won the match-play title.
Chris Rockwell, Gilman
Rockwell got off to a great start at the MIAA tournament. He led early and held on to the lead until midway through the final round of the 54-hole tournament. But the flu weakened him badly on a hot afternoon, and Rockwell faded to fourth, six shots behind.