Arundel's Vance gives herself a state title; N. Carroll's Gordon 2nd; Montgomery boys sweep


COLLEGE PARK -- For her 15th birthday yesterday, Callie Vance had one request.

"I told my mom that I wanted a state championship," said Vance, a sophomore at Arundel High in Gambrills. "She said she couldn't give it to me and that I had to get it myself."

And so she did, beating 12 rivals for the girls title of the 1999 Maryland Public Schools Scholastic Athletic Association state golf tournament at the University of Maryland golf course.

The top two among 132 competitors for the boys title came from Montgomery County -- Watkins Mill senior John Scott Rattan outlasting Charles Hong, a senior from Whitman, in a tense, five-hole playoff.

Vance, who finished second as a freshman last year, shot a 7-over-par 79 yesterday, which added to her first-round 80, gave her a combined 159. North Carroll junior Carlie Gordon was second among girls with an 82-83--165.

Vance's performance stemmed from a hot back nine, where she parred six straight holes and eight of nine on the tricky 5,563-yard Maryland course that challenges hitters with sloping greens.

"I was just able to get the speed of the greens down more," Vance said. "I was able to concentrate on my putting."

Vance weathered challenges by St. Michael's Laura Terebey and Gordon, who began the day a respective two and three strokes behind Vance.

Starting the round on the par-4, 371-yard 10th hole, Vance double-bogeyed to lose half of her 2-stroke lead over Terebey. Vance then missed a 3-foot putt on the par-4, 427-yard 13th to double-bogey that hole and share the lead with Terebey.

But Terebey, who struggled with putting all day, bogeyed four of the next five holes to drop out of contention.

Gordon made her run at Vance on the par-4, 250-yard third hole. Gordon parred the hole and then watched Vance's 4-foot putt lip out for a bogey.

But beginning with the fourth, Vance began playing par golf, and Gordon, who could not match the leader's charge, drifted back.

"She played great," Gordon said of Vance. "She hit every fairway, and she was very consistent."

Hong, whose 71 on Monday gave him a one-stroke lead on Churchill's Jairo Irreno, faltered a bit and shot a 74 yesterday for a two-round total of 145 on the par-71, 6,271-yard course. Rattan and Irreno birdied four holes each to enter a three-way playoff.

Irreno dropped out after he bogeyed the par-4 10th, but Rattan and Hong matched each other stroke-for-stroke for the next three holes.

On the par-3, 216-yard 14th, Hong's par putt from 5 feet slid wide, not breaking, as he thought, to the right. Rattan sank a 2-foot par putt to win the title.

"I knew that if I played my game, I could hang with him," Rattan said. "I wasn't playing against him; I was playing against par."

In team competition, Walkersville edged eight teams to win its second straight Class 1A-2A crown with a two-day total of 646. Whitman beat six teams for the Class 3A-4A title with a 605.

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