WALDORF - South River coach Bruce Bowen said what separates Josh Eure from other golfers is his commitment to the game.
Eure spends most of his offseason chipping, putting and driving golf balls to perfect his swing. That practice paid off yesterday at Potomac Ridge in Waldorf as Eure won the boys state title with a two-day score of 147, five strokes better than second-place Jay Dove of La Plata.
"Coming back this year, I wanted it more than I ever have before," Eure said. "It was my senior year, and I was one of the favorites coming into it. I really wanted to win this one."
Eure also won a state title in 2006 and has committed to play golf at Arkansas next year. Eure started strongly by making par on the first three holes and getting a birdie on the fourth.
"He plays all year long in tournament and works at his game every day," Bowen said. "He practices after school, on the weekend, whenever. He works all year long, and he just progressed. No one practices as much."
Ryan Triller of North Harford tied for third with Will Wiseman of Parkside with a score of 153, followed by Matt Philie of Glenelg (155) and Gary Raizon of Churchhill (156).
On the girls side, Haeun Lee of Smithsburg beat Lauren Smith of Arundel, 156-160. Other local notables were Centennial's Audra McShane, who finished ninth; Fallston's Liz Silbernagle, who finished 11th; and Arundel's Elyse Smidinger, who finished 12th.
North Point was the top team in Class 2A-1A with a score of 659, followed by Glenelg (695) and Easton (715). In 4A-3A, Churchhill finished first (662), followed by La Plata (681), North Harford (674), North Carroll (680) and South River (683).