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Bel Air's Smith, Newton shoot 81 in final state golf round

Harford County's three golfers who qualified for the 2014 state championship played their second and final rounds Wednesday at the University of Maryland Golf Course in College Park.

Cody Smith and Tyler Newton of Bel Air qualified in the Class 3A-4A final after playing a semifinal round Monday, while Fallston's Zach Billings played his way into the final on Tuesday in 1A-2A action.

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Bel Air's Smith had the best finish. Smith, who shot 79 on Monday, came back with a round of 81 Wednesday to finish at 160, 18 strokes over the two-round par. He tied for 33rd.

Newton, who opened with an 83, improved his score, shooting 81. His total of 164 was good enough for an 54th place tie.

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Billings had the toughest second round. Opening with an 81, Billings shot 91 Wednesday to end at 172 and in 73rd place.

Graham Hutchinson of Walt Whitman was the boys champion, shooting 69-72 for 141 and a four stroke advantage.

Billings leads 1A-2A golfers

Harford's best Class 1A-2A high school golfers took their turns on the greens in College Park Tuesday in an effort to qualify for Wednesday's final round.

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Fallston and Patterson Mill were both represented as competing teams, but neither scored low enough to move onto the finals. The Cougars shot 361 and the Huskies shot 398, to place sixth and seventh, respectively, among seven teams. Marriotts Ridge led the team scoring with 313.

Zach Billings of Fallston was the lone player to advance. Billings shot 81 to lead Fallston and move on, beating the men's cut of 85 by four strokes. Fallston's other scores were Dylan Wolf, 88; Everett Cox, 93; and Dayton Ogrysko, 99.

Sean Powers was low man for the Huskies, shooting 95. Others scoring were Brendan Mahoney, 98; Luke Sharretts, 102; and Alec Michaels, 103. Samantha Barnett, playing as an individual for the Huskies, shot 104, missing the women's cut of 87.

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