2007 All-Metro Golf Teams
St. Paul's Mike Kelen was the top golfer among 125 players at the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association individual championships in the spring. (Sun photo by Lloyd Fox / June 4, 2007)
Player of the Year: Mike Kelen, St. Paul's
Kelen was the top golfer among 125 players at the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association individual championships in the spring. The senior won the title by beating Gilman's Brad Miller by four strokes after finishing 22nd last season. Kelen also led St. Paul's to the team title over Gilman. With his 6-foot, 165-pound frame, Kelen can consistently drive the ball nearly 300 yards. Kelen will continue his career at Bates College in Maine.
Coach of the Year: Rick Collins, St. Paul's
Collins led the Crusaders to the MIAA title. With a score of 623, St. Paul's beat out Gilman for the crown. A golfer from St. Paul's has won the individual title four of the past five years, and five of the past seven. Gilman's Chris Rockwell kept the Crusaders from making it five in a row when he won last year's event.
Steven Albright, St. Paul's
Albright finished fifth in the MIAA individual championships. The sophomore also had a win in the MIAA A Conference team finals. Albright also shot the 18-hole low round in the Doral-Publix Junior Golf Classic, one of the premier tournaments for junior golf. "He is a very experienced golfer and one of the most tenacious match-play competitors I have ever coached," coach Rick Collins said. Albright is also a member of the school's National Honor Society.
Mike Coppa, North Carroll
Coppa averaged a score of 37.8 for match play in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League Chesapeake Conference with a 6-0-0 record. Overall, the sophomore's match-play record was 11-2-0. He was low medalist in five matches, tied for low medalist in two matches and was second in two matches. He was the No. 1 player on a team that won the District I regional title, Carroll County title and Chesapeake Conference title, with an overall record of 14-0. He was also a major factor in the team's third-place finish in the Class 4A-3A state tournament in October.
Josh Eure, South River
Eure became the school's first state champion in golf after shooting 77-72 for the two days. He also finished third in the Anne Arundel County championship with scores of 78-73. "He is just a solid all-around player," coach Bruce Bowen said. "He is an unbelievable player for a sophomore." In the past two years, he is the only player in Anne Arundel County not to have a match round with a score higher than 39.
Spencer Gifford, Westminster
Gifford had one of the strongest rounds among local players in the state finals this season with a fourth-place finish. The sophomore also tied for third in the regionals and had the lowest overall score in five of 11 matches this season. "He is just a steady and consistent golfer," Westminster coach Nick DePace said. "After playing No. 3 last year, he stepped right into the No.1 role."
Matthew Mighty, Gilman
Mighty, who played No. 3 for Gilman, has scored the most points for his team over the past three seasons. He won 81 percent of the points he played for. The junior finished ninth in the MIAA individual tournament, and averaged one birdie for every 6.2 holes played.
Brad Miller, Gilman
Miller, who played No. 1 for the Greyhounds, won nearly 70 percent of the points he played for against the best player on the opposing team. The junior finished second in the MIAA individual tournament. Last summer, he won the Maryland Junior Amateur tournament. "Brad Miller is clearly one of the top golfers in our MIAA league," coach Don Rogers said.
Donnie Shin, Oakland Mills
Shin finished the regular season at 11-0 and took first place in the Howard County championships. The senior also captured first place in the District V regional match and finished seventh in the state championship. He will attend the University of Maryland on a golf scholarship next fall.
Roger Waesche, Loyola
Waesche is a four-year starter for the Dons. The senior finished fourth in the MIAA individual championships. He is headed to Elon College in the fall.
Doug Williams, Gilman
Williams, a team captain, played No. 5 for Gilman. The senior won 76 percent of the points he played for and came in seventh in the MIAA individual tournament in both 2006 and this season.
All-Metro Girls Team
Player of the Year: Hayley Milbourn, Roland Park
Milbourn led the Reds to a 9-0 season and their second Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championship in three years. The senior has played in the No. 1 spot the past three years (golf became a league sport in 2005) and has an individual career match record of 23-0 after a 9-0 finish this season. She has won 100 of 144 career holes, lost only 12 and tied 32. Her hole record this season was 40-3-9.
Hayley was the individual champion in 2005 and 2006 and would have been again this year, as she finished nine strokes ahead of her closest competitor. But she turned herself in for playing the wrong ball and was disqualified from the individual part of the tournament. However, the team was able to use her scores up until that point. She was named a high school All-American by the National High School Golf Coaches Association in 2006 and will most likely earn that honor this year as well, according to Reds coach Tara Kramer. Milbourn will be attending Amherst and playing squash and golf.
Coach of the Year: Tara Kramer, Roland Park
Kramer led the Reds to an undefeated season and the IAAM championship. Out of a possible 27 points for matches (within each match there are three points to win), Roland Park earned 26 and gave up one. "The highlight here is having a team with consistency, perseverance, and depth," Kramer said. "Being able to win the championship again, definitely a highlight."
Jamie Bare, St. Paul's
Bare was the No. 1 player on a team that finished second, behind Roland Park in the IAAM. The junior finished tied for second in the IAAM individual championships after shooting an 82. "She is a tenacious player," St. Paul's coach Chuck Monninger said. "She never surrenders."
Suh Hwang, Mount Hebron
Hwang, a junior, won the Howard County championship, finished third in the regional championship and seventh in states. "She is very accurate off the tee," Mount Hebron coach Ross Hannon said. "She has worked hard and there has been a 30-to-40-yard difference off the tee from her sophomore to junior year. She does not play golf; she is a golfer. She knows when to play it safe and when to go for it."
Morgan Koopman, McDonogh
Koopman, considered a long hitter, won the IAAM individual tournament after Hayley Milbourn of Roland Park disqualified herself. The sophomore also finished fourth in the qualifier for the pro-am tournament for the LPGA at Bulle Rock.
Theresa Lippy, Mercy
Lippy tied for second in the IAAM championships with a score of 82. The senior finished the season 7-2-1 and was named team captain and co-Most Valuable Player for Mercy. "She has a tremendous short game, where she is very good around the greens," Mercy coach Harry Bortner said. "She is a very competitive young lady." Lippy will attend Towson in the fall.
Kelly Lynch, Severna Park
Lynch led the Falcons to their fourth straight regular-season team championship, and fourth straight team Anne Arundel County championship. Kelly had a 3.2-over-par scoring average for nine regular-season matches and the county and District V championships. The senior finished second in both the county and district championships, as well as finishing second at the state championships with a 152 two-day score. She held a 4.5 grade point average during golf season, and has a scholarship to attend and play golf at James Madison University in the fall.
Julia Sizemore, Bel Air
Sizemore, finished fifth at the state championships and also won the Women's Conference championship at Swan Creek Golf Club. A junior, she already has been named a team captain for next season.
Lauren Smith, Arundel
Smith, the Wildcats' No. 1 player, captured the state championship with a score of 149, beating defending champion Kelly Lynch of Severna Park by three strokes. Smith, a sophomore, also won the Anne Arundel County championship. At the district finals, she finished second among boys and girls with a 71 - her best round of the season. Her personal best was a round of 70, shot on the course at Andrews Air Force Base over the summer.
Note: Teams selected by Todd Karpovich after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.