Mike Kelen, St. Paul's -- Kelen was the top golfer among 125 players at the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association individual championships in the spring. The senior won the title by beating Gilman's Brad Miller by four strokes after finishing 22nd last season. Kelen also led St. Paul's to the team title over Gilman. With his 6-foot, 165-pound frame, Kelen can consistently drive the ball nearly 300 yards. Kelen will continue his career at Bates College in Maine.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Rick Collins, St. Paul's -- Collins led the Crusaders to the MIAA title. With a score of 623, St. Paul's beat out Gilman for the crown. A golfer from St. Paul's has won the individual title four of the past five years, and five of the past seven. Gilman's Chris Rockwell kept the Crusaders from making it five in a row when he won last year's event.
Steven Albright, St. Paul's -- Albright finished fifth in the MIAA individual championships. The sophomore also had a win in the MIAA A Conference team finals. Albright also shot the 18-hole low round in the Doral-Publix Junior Golf Classic, one of the premier tournaments for junior golf. "He is a very experienced golfer and one of the most tenacious match-play competitors I have ever coached," coach Rick Collins said. Albright is also a member of the school's National Honor Society.
Mike Coppa, North Carroll -- Coppa averaged a score of 37.8 for match play in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League Chesapeake Conference with a 6-0-0 record. Overall, the sophomore's match-play record was 11-2-0. He was low medalist in five matches, tied for low medalist in two matches and was second in two matches. He was the No. 1 player on a team that won the District I regional title, Carroll County title and Chesapeake Conference title, with an overall record of 14-0. He was also a major factor in the team's third-place finish in the Class 4A-3A state tournament in October.
Josh Eure, South River -- Eure became the school's first state champion in golf after shooting 77-72 for the two days. He also finished third in the Anne Arundel County championship with scores of 78-73. "He is just a solid all-around player," coach Bruce Bowen said. "He is an unbelievable player for a sophomore." In the past two years, he is the only player in Anne Arundel County not to have a match round with a score higher than 39.
Spencer Gifford, Westminster -- Gifford had one of the strongest rounds among local players in the state finals this season with a fourth-place finish. The sophomore also tied for third in the regionals and had the lowest overall score in five of 11 matches this season. "He is just a steady and consistent golfer," Westminster coach Nick DePace said. "After playing No. 3 last year, he stepped right into the No.1 role."
Matthew Mighty, Gilman -- Mighty, who played No. 3 for Gilman, has scored the most points for his team over the past three seasons. He won 81 percent of the points he played for. The junior finished ninth in the MIAA individual tournament, and averaged one birdie for every 6.2 holes played.
Brad Miller, Gilman -- Miller, who played No. 1 for the Greyhounds, won nearly 70 percent of the points he played for against the best player on the opposing team. The junior finished second in the MIAA individual tournament. Last summer, he won the Maryland Junior Amateur tournament. "Brad Miller is clearly one of the top golfers in our MIAA league," coach Don Rogers said.
Donnie Shin, Oakland Mills -- Shin finished the regular season at 11-0 and took first place in the Howard County championships. The senior also captured first place in the District V regional match and finished seventh in the state championship. He will attend the University of Maryland on a golf scholarship next fall.
Roger Waesche, Loyola -- Waesche is a four-year starter for the Dons. The senior finished fourth in the MIAA individual championships. He is headed to Elon College in the fall.
Doug Williams, Gilman -- Williams, a team captain, played No. 5 for Gilman. The senior won 76 percent of the points he played for and came in seventh in the MIAA individual tournament in both 2006 and this season. Note -- Team selected by Todd Karpovich after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.