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Woodholme's David Hutsell wins MAPGA Professional Championship

David Hutsell shot a final-round 1-over 73 to finish 1 under for the tournament and win the 90th Middle Atlantic PGA Professional Championship in August 2015 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda by one stroke.
David Hutsell shot a final-round 1-over 73 to finish 1 under for the tournament and win the 90th Middle Atlantic PGA Professional Championship in August 2015 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda by one stroke. (Middle Atlantic PGA)

David Hutsell, PGA assistant professional at Woodholme Golf & Country Club in Pikesville, won the 90th Middle Atlantic PGA Professional Championship on Wednesday at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda.

Hutsell finished his third and final round with a 1-over-par 73 to take his 54-hole total to 1-under par and win by one stroke over Rick Schuller, PGA head professional at Swaders Sports Park in Chester, Va., and Frank O'Connell, PGA assistant pro at Springfield (Va.) Golf & Country Club.

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Hutsell receives a check for $10,000, and his name was engraved on the Tom Utterbeck Trophy.

Heading into the final round trailing leader Faber Jamerson by four shots, Hutsell wasn't sure of his chances of winning the title, but as he said, "you never know with golf."

Hutsell started his first round of the tournament on the famous Blue Course with an even-par 72 to put him tied for ninth place. In the second round, Hutsell shot a 2-under 71 on the Gold Course to put him in third place heading into the final round.

Hutsell was consistent on his first nine holes of his final round as he shot a four for every hole and made the turn tied for first place with O'Connell at 2 under. After making a double bogey on the par-3 13th and bogey on the par-4 14th hole, Hutsell was able to get to a shot back and went into the 18th hole one shot back of then leader O'Connell who was 1 under.

O'Connell hit his approach shot into the hazard next to the green and made bogey, which was what Hutsell needed to make a move. With 206 yards to the flag, Hutsell hit the shot of the tournament as his 4-iron came to rest 3 feet from the cup on the par-4 18th. He made the putt to win the title.

O'Connell was steady throughout the day and had a three-shot lead with two holes to play. He made bogey on the par-4 17th and par-4 18th to finish the event at even par.

Rick Schuller, who entered the final round at 5 under, posted a final-round score of five-over par 77 and finished tied for second place with O'Connell.

Along with Hutsell, O'Connell and Schuller, 11 other MAPGA professionals will compete next year in the 2016 PGA Professional National Championship at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, N.Y.

Among those who qualified was Ashley Grier, PGA assistant professional at Columbia Country Club in Bethesda. Grier is only the second MAPGA female professional to qualify for the PGA PNC.

The last female MAPGA professional to qualify was Patty Post, who qualified with her husband, Brenden, in 2006 at the same site, Congressional Country Club.

Of this 14-person contingent, two are past champions of the PGA PNC — Wayne DeFrancesco of Lakewood Country Club (Rockville), and Hutsell — and have earned exemptions into next year's PNC.

Et cetera

UM 15th in ranking of men's hoops teams since 2000-01

When the Maryland men's basketball team made the NCAA tournament this year, it marked the Terps' first appearance since 2010 and their first in Mark Turgeon's four seasons. Considered among the favorites to win a national championship this season, Maryland will have to get over the hump of not reaching the Sweet 16 since 2003. So how does a program that seemed to be trending downward as recently as 2013-14 get included by Sporting News in its ranking of the top 15 programs since 2000-01? It mostly has to do with the weighted points system the publication used to determine a program's accomplishments. The Terps finished 15th, ahead of more consistent programs such as Gonzaga and Butler, as well as Texas, Indiana and Illinois. A majority of Maryland's points came in the first two years of the century — four for the school's first Final Four appearance in 2000-01 and eight for winning its first national title the next season. The rest of the points came mostly during the last half of Gary Williams' 22-season tenure, including one point for Juan Dixon (Calvert Hall) being a Sporting News first-team All-American as a senior.

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For more of Don Markus' blog post on the ranking, go to baltimoresun.com/trackingterps.

Men's college soccer: Maryland was picked in the Big Ten coaches preseason poll to defend its championship. Indiana was selected No. 2, followed by Penn State, Michigan State and Ohio State. Terps seniors Mael Corboz and Tsubasa Endoh and junior Chris Odoi-Atsem were named players to watch.

College field hockey: Johns Hopkins named Danielle Thompson (Johns Hopkins, Southern) and Katy Fuhrman assistant coaches.

College swimming and diving: The Patriot League's 25th Anniversary Team included eight Navy men — Mac Anthony (2008-2012), Kevin Teague (2003-2007), Adam Meyer (2006-2010), Justin Vagts (2009-2013), Thomas Duvall (2012-present), Joe Smutz (2003-2006), Michael Linn (2003-2006) and Olaf Olson (2007-11) — and eight Navy women — Laura Gorinski (2009-2013), Tara Chapmon (2006-2010), Darcy Stuart (1993-1997), Thuy-Mi Dinh (2006-2010), Kelly Zahalka (2005-2009), Julia Mason (1995-1999), Heidi Fearon (1992-1996) and Melissa Hawley (1998-2002).

Men's college soccer: Hood was picked in the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth preseason poll to finish sixth.

Women's college soccer: Hood was picked in the MAC Commonwealth preseason poll to finish ninth and last.

WNBA: Kara Lawson scored 20 points and the visiting Washington Mystics (15-9) earned a 79-61 win over the Minnesota Lynx (15-9) and moved into a tie with the Indiana Fever for second place in the Eastern Conference, two games behind the New York Liberty.

Men's soccer: Miguel Aguilar scored in the 85th minute and D.C. United opened CONCACAF Champions League play with a 1-0 victory over Arabe Unido in Panama City. United coach Ben Olsen missed the Group H game to serve a suspension for his actions in the Washington's club final game of the 2014-15 competition.

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