The sun rose from the east and set in the west yesterday and Arundel's golf team won the Anne Arundel County Public Schools Golf Tournament at Eisenhower Golf Course in Crownsville.
There were no surprises here.
Led by junior Paul Wills, who claimed low-medalist honors with a 4-over-par round of 75, the Wildcats captured their third consecutive county tournament crown and gained the added confidence they will need to three-peat at the state tournament at the University of Maryland tomorrow and Friday.
The two-time defending state champions from Gambrills produced a team score of 322, easily out-distancing runner-up Severna Park (339) and upstart North County (341).
"When push comes to shove and when the screws are on, they come through and I'm really pleased with how consistent they were," said Arundel coach Carol Nutt. "It gets to the point when you wonder whether or not they can keep it going, but I have a lot of faith in the youngsters and they've never let me down."
Fred Ryder and Scott Carpenter helped Arundel's cause with identical rounds of 82 while teammate Eric Furtado rounded out the Wildcats' team score with an 83.
Old Mill senior Wendy Spry won the girls' individual title with an 89, followed by Chesapeake finalist Liz Keenen (92) and third-place finisher Natalie Green of Broadneck (95).
Nine holes into his round, Wills found himself tied at 38 with playing partner Adam Carstens of Annapolis and one stroke ahead of Severna Park's Dave Orso. Wills, who nipped Carstens by a stroke to win the individual title at districts earlier this month, found himself down a stroke to Carstens after bogeying No. 15. However, on the next hole -- a 510-yard par 5 -- Wills made eagle and Carstens made bogey, allowing Wills to take a two-stroke lead with two holes remaining.
"It didn't seem like anyone wanted to take charge and go ahead, and for some reason, I was playing them [Carstens and Orso] instead of playing my own game," said Wills, who parred the last two holes, giving him a 37 on the back. "After I eagled 16, I kind of knew I had it."
.4l The biggest surprise of the day was the performance of North County's B Division contingent. The Knights, who won the B Division regular-season title, proved they could play with the big boys as Greg Nessellroad (81), Ian Stevenson (82) and Jonathan Mennikheim (85) all finished in the top 15.