Player of the YearHayley Milbourn, Roland Park
Milbourn led the Reds to a 9-0 season and their second Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championship in three years. The senior has played in the No. 1 spot the past three years (golf became a league sport in 2005) and has an individual career match record of 23-0 after a 9-0 finish this season. She has won 100 of 144 career holes, lost only 12 and tied 32. Her hole record this season was 40-3-9.
Hayley was the individual champion in 2005 and 2006 and would have been again this year, as she finished nine strokes ahead of her closest competitor. But she turned herself in for playing the wrong ball and was disqualified from the individual part of the tournament. However, the team was able to use her scores up until that point. She was named a high school All-American by the National High School Golf Coaches Association in 2006 and will most likely earn that honor this year as well, according to Reds coach Tara Kramer. Milbourn will be attending Amherst and playing squash and golf.
Coach of the YearTara Kramer, Roland Park
Kramer led the Reds to an undefeated season and the IAAM championship. Out of a possible 27 points for matches (within each match there are three points to win), Roland Park earned 26 and gave up one. "The highlight here is having a team with consistency, perseverance, and depth," Kramer said. "Being able to win the championship again, definitely a highlight."
The teamJamie Bare, St. Paul's // Bare was the No. 1 player on a team that finished second, behind Roland Park in the IAAM. The junior finished tied for second in the IAAM individual championships after shooting an 82. "She is a tenacious player," St. Paul's coach Chuck Monninger said. "She never surrenders."
Suh Hwang, Mount Hebron // Hwang, a junior, won the Howard County championship, finished third in the regional championship and seventh in states. "She is very accurate off the tee," Mount Hebron coach Ross Hannon said. "She has worked hard and there has been a 30-to-40-yard difference off the tee from her sophomore to junior year. She does not play golf; she is a golfer. She knows when to play it safe and when to go for it."
Morgan Koopman, McDonogh // Koopman, considered a long hitter, won the IAAM individual tournament after Hayley Milbourn of Roland Park disqualified herself. The sophomore also finished fourth in the qualifier for the pro-am tournament for the LPGA at Bulle Rock.
Theresa Lippy, Mercy // Lippy tied for second in the IAAM championships with a score of 82. The senior finished the season 7-2-1 and was named team captain and co-Most Valuable Player for Mercy. "She has a tremendous short game, where she is very good around the greens," Mercy coach Harry Bortner said. "She is a very competitive young lady." Lippy will attend Towson in the fall.
Kelly Lynch, Severna Park // Lynch led the Falcons to their fourth straight regular-season team championship, and fourth straight team Anne Arundel County championship. Kelly had a 3.2-over-par scoring average for nine regular-season matches and the county and District V championships. The senior finished second in both the county and district championships, as well as finishing second at the state championships with a 152 two-day score. She held a 4.5 grade point average during golf season, and has a scholarship to attend and play golf at James Madison University in the fall.
Julia Sizemore, Bel Air // Sizemore, finished fifth at the state championships and also won the Women's Conference championship at Swan Creek Golf Club. A junior, she already has been named a team captain for next season.
Lauren Smith, Arundel // Smith, the Wildcats' No. 1 player, captured the state championship with a score of 149, beating defending champion Kelly Lynch of Severna Park by three strokes. Smith, a sophomore, also won the Anne Arundel County championship. At the district finals, she finished second among boys and girls with a 71 - her best round of the season. Her personal best was a round of 70, shot on the course at Andrews Air Force Base over the summer.
Note: Team selected by Todd Karpovich after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.