Golf, discontinued some 12-14 years ago, has returned to the Harford County interscholastic schedule.
Each of the nine public high schools has a team. The current structure calls for one practice day and one match day each week, thanks to support from six county courses.
Although there had been talk of this in recent years, the addition of golf became a fact in the spring when it came before the Athletic Legislative Committee, a group made up of principals, athletic directors and one coach from each school, plus Jack McCracken, county supervisor of athletics, and Carl Roberts, county assistant superintendent of secondary education.
"We meet once a year and go over new proposals," McCracken said. "The matter of golf was brought up and a subcommittee appointed to look into it. Among the things discussed were the interest level and where the teams would practice and play.
"After we met, a survey was sent to all eighth-graders as well as those students, boys and girls, in grades nine, 10 and 11. The surveys showed quite a bit of interest, especially from the eighth-graders. From there, committee members talked to officials of the various golf clubs to see how the idea would be received.
"The clubs' responses were overwhelmingly positive and they indicated they really wanted to help."
Armed with this information, the committee presented it to the county's General Curriculum Committee, which , followed by the superintendent, granted approval.
The result is a fall schedule of matches, plus participation in the District 5 meet tomorrow at Bear Creek Golf Course in Westminster, which will serve as a qualifier for the state meet, Oct. 20-21 at the University of Maryland, and a county championship meet, Oct. 18 at Geneva Farm GC.
Clubs involved in the program, and home schools, are Exton (Edgewood and Joppatowne); Geneva Farm (North Harford); Maryland Golf & CC (C. Milton Wright and Harford Tech); Ruggles GC (Aberdeen); CC Swan Creek (Havre de Grace); and Winters Run GC (Bel Air and Fallston).
When the Cougars' No. 1 boys soccer team tied C. M. Wright and defeated Joppatowne last week, it ran its record to 4-0-1, and its nonlosing streak against county teams to 26-0-4 over the past four years. . . . Field hockey's 1-0 overtime victory over Francis Scott Key on Tuesday -- on Meredith Wienhold's deflection of a pass from Laura Grabowski -- was its first over the Carroll County team after a loss and a tie in their brief series. It was Fallston's second game and Key's sixth. "It's hard to be game-sharp when you don't play. I thought we out-played them, but we were tentative and showed a lot of hesitation," said coach Alice Puckett. . . . In addition to boys soccer, Fallston has three other teams in the metro rankings: field hockey No. 2; girls soccer No. 4, and boys cross country No. 10.
The score of 2-0 has been a popular one with the No. 9 field hockey team. It was the outcome of the team's first five games, wins over Glenelg, Mount Hebron, Havre de Grace and Dulaney, and a loss to No. 5 Centennial. The Bobcats lost at Centennial on Tuesday but came back to beat Dulaney on Wednesday on goals by Aime Wang and Lauryn Fiorelli. Without an acknowledged scoring star, the offense has been spread around. "We have a balanced front line, and seven players have been involved in the scoring," coach Phyllis Hemmes said after the Dulaney game. In reflecting on having played Centennial the day before, she added, "I was pleased to be able to come back like that and have the team step up its level of play." Defender Karen Snyder twisted her knee early in the game and was replaced by Shannon Martin. Hemmes also said her midfield of Joie Acosta, Carrie Carpenter and Becky Fox played well.