An­other happy end­ing

North Point’s Davis wins sec­ond straight girls state golf ti­tle

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

COL­LEGE PARK — South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence golfers were not only well rep­re­sented on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon in the sec­ond day of the Class 4A-3A state tour­na­ment at the Univer­sity of Mary­land, North Point High School sopho­more Bai­ley Davis and North­ern High School sopho­more Ed­die Cof­fren cap­tured their re­spec­tive boys and girls in­di­vid­ual state ti­tles.

Davis notched her sec­ond straight 4A-3A girls state ti­tle when she fin­ished the two rounds with a 147 (7374), which ended up be­ing the low­est score of the tour­na­ment for ei­ther gen­der. Davis en­tered the day two shots be­hind Whit­man’s Amanda Levy and one back of North­ern’s El­iz­a­beth Cof­fren, but she vaulted past both and even­tu­ally edged Churchill’s Kaylin Yeoh by two strokes.

“Win­ning my sec­ond straight ti­tle was re­ally mean­ing­ful,” Davis said. “When I started play­ing my goal was to win four state ti­tles in my four years. The wind was steady through­out the course. I strug­gled early and fin­ished the front nine with a 40, but I played much bet­ter and shot a 34 on the back nine. I thought I was only one stroke up head­ing to 18, but it ended up be­ing two.”

While Davis had over­taken her ri­vals in the lead group to win the girls ti­tle out­right, North­ern’s Ed­die Cof­fren, who ended Mon­day’s round as the leader with a 1-un­der-par 70, needed two play­off holes to fi­nally edge West­min­ster’s Aaron Sorkin for the boys 4A-3A ti­tle.

Cof­fren and Sorkin had fin­ished 36 holes at 148, but Cof­fren parred the sec­ond play­off hole while Sorkin dou­ble bo­geyed.

“When he hit his sec­ond shot [on the sec­ond play­off hole] short of the green and I was able to reach in two I knew I had some breath­ing room,” Cof­fren said. “Then his third shot went well past the hole and then he missed

his par putt. I knew I could be ag­gres­sive with my birdie putt, but I was re­ally happy to make that par putt.”

El­iz­a­beth Cof­fren fin­ished third among the 4A3A girls with a 151, but the per­for­mance of the two Cof­frens and team­mates Johnna Par­lett (156) and An­drew Younkers (182) en­abled the Pa­tri­ots to fin­ish sec­ond with a two­day to­tal of 637. Ur­bana of Fred­er­ick County (619) eas­ily won the team ti­tle, while North­ern fin­ished two shots bet­ter than Walt Whit­man of Mont­gomery County (639).

“I re­ally was hop­ing to play bet­ter to­day, es­pe­cially on the back nine,” El­iz­a­beth Cof­fren said. “The wind was a fac­tor all day and the greens were re­ally fast. I birdied 16 and 17 to get a few shots back, but over­all I wasn’t happy with the round to­day. I have a few tour­na­ments com­ing up, in­clud­ing one in Myr­tle Beach around Thanks­giv­ing.”

Im­me­di­ately af­ter Ed­die Cof­fren nailed his par putt on the sec­ond play­off hole to seal the boys ti­tle, he got a tear­ful hug from mother, Beth Cof­fren and a cheer­ful one from his sis­ter, El­iz­a­beth. Their fa­ther, Ed Cof­fren IV, had promised El­iz­a­beth a new car if she had won the two-day event, a con­sid­er­able up­grade for the diesel pickup drive with over 200,000 miles she cur­rently drives.

La Plata High School sopho­more Gavin Gan­ter (78-79, 157) was not en­tirely con­tent with his per­for­mance on the sec­ond day. Gan­ter had played one day ear­lier when the winds were cer­tainly not an is­sue and tem­per­a­tures soared past 70 de­grees, nearly 20 de­grees warmer than on Wed­nes­day when winds re­turned to their Mon­day ve­loc­ity.

Gan­ter fin­ished his Tues­day round at 6-over­par to earn a berth in Wed­nes­day’s sec­ond round. But the War­riors’ team to­tal of 363 was not low enough to en­able them to be among the three 2A-1A squads re­turn­ing for the sec­ond day as Jake El­lis (89), Jake Glea­son (91) and Jack Koch (105) were well above par and also failed the make the cut which was 85 on Tues­day.

“I was ac­tu­ally 1-un­der through the front nine then I took dou­ble bo­geys on two holes on the back,” Gan­ter said. “The greens were re­ally fast to­day. If you hit any­thing past the hole down­hill it was go­ing well past the hole. The course was re­ally hard and the winds were def­i­nitely more of an is­sue to­day than they were on yes­ter­day.”

St. Charles se­nior Zach Spann (83-81, 164) was pleased with his per­for­mance at the two-day event. Spann had got­ten ac­cus­tomed to the course and the windy con­di­tions on Mon­day and on Wed­nes­day he was able to trim a few strokes off his open­ing round, some­thing that was in con­trast to oth­ers who made the cut.

“Over­all, I was happy,” Spann said. “I was ready for the winds. They were much more steady to­day than they were on Mon­day. But over­all, I thought I played bet­ter to­day than on Mon­day. The greens were re­ally, re­ally fast. It was tough to get the ap­proach shots to bite and then it was tough to putt down­hill with­out run­ning any­thing past the hole.”

Mar­riotts Ridge (628) of Howard County claimed its sev­enth straight 2A-1A ti­tle, fin­ish­ing well clear of run­ner-up River Hill of Howard County (655).

North­ern was the only SMAC team to earn a berth in the sec­ond round of the two-day event. In all, only seven SMAC golfers were on hand for the sec­ond round of play on Wed­nes­day with two de­part­ing with in­di­vid­ual state ti­tles.

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

North Point High School sopho­more Bai­ley Davis tees off on No. 18 at the Univer­sity of Mary­land on Wed­nes­day on the sec­ond day of the state golf tour­na­ment. Davis se­cured her sec­ond straight 4A-3A girls state ti­tle by mak­ing a par on the last hole to fin­ish the two days with a 147, two strokes bet­ter than Churchill’s Kaylin Yeoh and four strokes in front of North­ern ju­nior El­iz­a­beth Cof­fren.

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