Winning a championship is always an emotional accomplishment, but for Pikesville’s Matt Oshrine, the pride and satisfaction beamed just a little brighter following his victory at the Baltimore County Golf Championships, Tuesday at Fox Hollow.
Dedicating his performance to his father Michael, who passed away earlier this year, Oshrine demonstrated poise and composure well beyond his years, as the Panther sophomore posted a 69 on the new Fox Hollow track to claim a four stroke victory over Catonsville’s Mike Fiato.
Oshrine was joined in the winner’s circle by Carver’s Yasmine Faieq, who carded an 81 to win her second straight girl’s championship. Faieq also won by four strokes, topping Dulaney’s Danielle Chandler (85).
“I definitely dedicate this to him. I think about him every day,” said Oshrine of his dad. “Every day it pops in your mind at random times. You don’t know when it is coming, but I know he is at peace now and I dedicate everything I do to him.”
On the course, however, Oshrine, who defended the title won by his brother Sam a year ago, did not let anything distract him.
“I’ve been working a lot with my teacher, Bernie Najar, at Woodholme Country Club. We’ve been working on getting my swing more consistent. You start to lose it when school starts,” said Oshrine. “I actually made a lot of progress this week. I felt really good on the course, didn’t have to think about it. I just got in a rhythm out there and once I got in my flow, nothing would touch me.”
Oshrine was supported throughout the day by his grandfather Ivan.
“My son looked forward to seeing [Matt] play and win,” said Ivan Oshrine. “That was my son’s thing. He loved golf. He loved to see them play. I am sorry my son couldn’t be around and I’m sure Matt’s sorry his dad couldn’t be around, but we follow him around and one day he will teach me how to play golf.”
For Faieq, rhythm was also a factor, especially down the stretch.
“Everything seemed to be working today,” said the talented senior, who finshed the back nine with an impressive 39. “A lot of my iron game was working for me and my short game. My putting was decent.”
Hereford won the boys’ team championship. The Bulls were led by Steve Eagan, who finished fifth overall with a 76. John Weidel (9th, 79) also finished in the top 10 for Hereford. On the girls’ side Dulaney took the team title. In addition to Chandler’s second place effort, the Lions placed Shannon McKew (5th, 95), Jenny Parks (7th, 98) and Jane Moon (9th, 100) in the top 10.
The team Sportsmanship Awards went to the Kenwood girls and Dulaney Boys.
Here are the top 10 finishers for both the boys and girls:
Boys Team Champion: Hereford
Boys Individual Results
1. Matt Oshrine – Pikesville – 69
2. Mike Fiato – Catonsville – 73
3. Bobby Donald – Dulaney – 74
4. Ben Kaestner – Franklin -75
5. Steve Eagan – Hereford -76
6. Brett Kofsky – Owings Mills – 77
7. Tyler Smith – Western Tech – 78
8. KC Nightingale – Towson -79
9. John Weidel – Hereford – 79
10. Jason Marino – Western Tech – 81
Girls Team Champion: Dulaney
Girls Individual Results
1. Yasmine Faieq – Carver – 81
2. Danielle Chandler – Dulaney – 85
3. Casey Polk – Towson – 89
4. Mary Yates – Hereford – 92
5. Shannon McKew – Dulaney – 95
6. Bailey Nance – Western Tech – 97
7. Jenny Parks – Dulaney – 98
8. Colleen Fagan – Towson – 98
9. Jane Moon – Dulaney – 100
10. Anne Thompson – Towson – 101
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