Carpenter, Dollenberg win state titles


COLLEGE PARK -- Gary Carpenter and Kristin Dollenberg won the individual titles in the 22nd annual golf championships of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association at the University of Maryland Golf Course yesterday.

Carpenter added a 1-over-par 72 to an opening 69, and his 36-hole total of 141 equaled the tournament record set last year by Colyn Keller of Walkersville. In the process, Carpenter, a 17-year-old senior, led Arundel to its second successive team crown.

Dollenberg, the defending girls titlist from Dulaney, started the day four shots off the pace, then rallied with an 80 for a total of 164. This was good for a three-stroke margin on Easton's April Hardisty, whose 87 made her runner-up for the second straight year.

Carpenter missed a chance at the 36-hole record outright when he 3-putted the 18th green for a bogey. He hit a 4-iron to 40 feet at the 440-yard hole, rolled his first putt to four feet, then missed it.

"I knew I needed it to break the record, so I'm kind of disappointed about that, but I'm thrilled to have won it," Carpenter said.

"From the start of the year, this tournament was at the top of my list," said Carpenter, 6 feet 3, 195 pounds. "Since my freshman year, the States have meant everything to me. I like the course and have played well here, especially the last two years."

For the round, he had three birdies and four bogeys over the 6,261 yards. He was 2-over through the seventh hole, then got back to even with birdies at the eighth and 11th.

He finished nine shots ahead of the field. It took a playoff to determine Nos. 2-3, and David Connolly of Easton defeated Keith Unikel of Churchill on the first extra hole.

In the team race, Arundel, which had no score higher than 83 during the two days, finished at 629, well ahead of last year's winning total of 655, but well off the record of 610 set by Magruder in 1971.

Joining Carpenter on the winning team were Fred Ryder, Kris Neimi and Paul Wills.

Quince Orchard was second at 646, followed by Dulaney and Northern-PG, who tied for third at 660.

Dollenberg was still four shots back of Hardisty at the turn, then ran off four straight pars, which produced a seven-shot swing.

The Lutherville resident gave two back at No. 5 with a triple-bogey 7 (she had made 9 there on Thursday), but sealed the win with a 10-foot birdie putt at the 112-yard eighth. Hardisty, who had been 13 shots back in finishing second last year, compounded her problems with a three-putt bogey.

In winning a second successive team championship, Arundel, coached by Carol Nutt, completed a two-year sweep of all competitors. The team has gone unbeaten in matches and has won the county, district and state titles each season.

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