Broadneck's Kevin Peterson and his teammates had a number of factors to overcome in yesterday's Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's District Five state qualifier tournament -- the weather and 29 other teams.
The Bruins, lead by Peterson's 2-over-par 74, managed to shrug off the gusty wind and wet conditions en route to a two-stroke win over Westminster for the tournament championship at Geneva Farm Golf Club in Street.
Broadneck shot a four-player combined score of 324 to edge out the Owls' total of 326.
"We all played well today," said Peterson, who was an All-Anne Arundel County pick last year. "My short game was strong and I made a lot of long puts."
One of those putts was a 40-foot birdie on his final hole. It was one of three birdies the junior had on the day.
Peterson said he was happy with the way he played considering the conditions on the course.
"It was really windy out there today, and the play was slow," Peterson said.
A championship is something that the junior has wished for since picking up the game five years ago.
"This is something I've always dreamed about," Peterson said. "It means a lot after working so long and hard."
Broadneck teammate Thomas Haun shot a 77, which left him tied with Chesapeake's Justen Perry and C. M. Wright's Grant Guinivan for the second-lowest total.
Haun said his iron play was the key to his success.
"It was 2 1/2 club wind out there today, and I chose the right clubs," Haun said. "That was the key to my game today."
Michael Miller shot an 84 and Russell Poisson added an 89 to round out the Bruins' scoring.
North Carroll's Carli Gordon shot a 84 to win the girls singles title, giving her a chance to defend the Class 3A state title she won last year.
Gordon said her round wasn't all that special, but it was good enough to win.
"I had an average round and didn't do anything spectacular," Gordon said. "I kept the ball in the fairway though and I'm really excited about going back to the states."
Broadneck coach Brian Crane said that his team is playing well and has a good shot of winning a state title.
"We have great potential and we've been playing well all season," Crane said. "It's a team game and all the scores count, and as a team we can win [a state title] this year."
Mount Hebron beat out eight other Class 2A teams to advance to the states with a score of 331. The Vikings were led by Matt Laun's and Scott Zielinski's 79s.
C. M. Wright joined Westminster and Broadneck in the 4A-3A field with a score of 328. Guinivan's 77 was the low score for the Mustangs.
Owls coach and tournament chairman Jeff Ibex was satisfied with his team's performance.
"I thought we'd do better this year, but I just want to qualify for the states," Ibex said. "And that's what we did."
Jon-David Byers led Westminster with a round of 79.
"Everyone's scores would have been better without the wind," Ibex said. "Anything but a straight shot and you're in trouble, because the wind can put you out of bounds and in other bad places."
Pub Date: 10/01/99