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Nov. 13, 2011

Blazer qualifies for state golf tournament

by Janvi Raichura, Online News Editor
On Monday, freshman Cherie Carter qualified for the Montgomery County Public School Golf Tournament. Forty girls from around the country played at the tournament, which took place at the Laytonsville Golf Course and was around five hours long.

Freshman Cherie Carter practices a minimum of four times a week. Courtesy of
Freshman Cherie Carter practices a minimum of four times a week.
To qualify for the tournament, the girls had to go to the Laytonsville golf course and play 18 holes. Players had to score a 94 or below to qualify. Carter, who shot a 94, barely made it through. The tournament itself was in a shotgun start format. Three to four girls were placed at each hole and proceeded to play 18 holes beginning from that starting point. They then added up their total score at the end of the round, signed their score card and gave it to the head coach. Carter scored a 99 making her 12th in the overall competition.

Carter, who began playing golf seriously six months ago, was excited to qualify for the state competition. "It was really exciting to find out that I had made the cut for states," she said. Carter first learned to play golf when she was six and decided to get back into it when she came to Blair. She joined the golf team and began practicing more often.

Carter attends practice four times a week. Half of her time spent on the full course and the other time on the putting green or driving range. "I play nine holes a week and go to the driving range or putting range the other two days," she said. Carter enjoys the sport and participating on the Blair team. Her favorite part of golf is the feeling of satisfaction that comes with an excellent hit.

Carter hopes to place in the top five at states by her senior year. She plans on playing golf throughout high school and college. "I'd like to play golf on a college team and continue casual play and a couple of tournaments as I get older," she said.

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  • Sean R on November 14, 2011 at 3:16 PM
    Can we get an article about the asian furry otherwise known as matt whitney. Hes the best golfer at blair, arguable in the down county consortium
  • George (View Email) on November 18, 2011 at 11:16 PM
    fury* sean
    not furry lol
    but yeah we need an atricle about our asian fury, aka matt whitney
    best golfer alive
  • Matt Whitney on November 22, 2011 at 12:12 AM
    I aspire to be the next Tyga Tyga Woods Y'all ;;; I'm part asian like him so think twice before saying i can't do it! #dreambig #nodaysoff #alldaysoff
  • avi on November 22, 2011 at 6:31 PM
    lol cool!! proud of us blazers keep up the good work..
  • Golf pro like tiger on November 25, 2011 at 1:24 PM
    Let's be honest guys, Matt Whitney may receive the majority of the press coverage because of his tall, lanky figure and propensity to drive the ball 200+ yards from the tee, but the real standout of Blair Golf is Trevor Gibson. A relentless force from the moment he arrived as a transfer from golf powerhouse St. Johns, Trevor quickly made his impact on the entire Blair Golf program. Practicing 4 times a week? Try practicing 8. Trevor works on his swing everyday in season at Sligo Golf Course, and on the weekends takes his game to some of the more challenging country clubs, places "Cherie Carter" wouldn't even dream of attempting. Last year, after a brief winter hiatus, Trevor took his talents to the baseball diamond where he had difficult supplanting the existing JV talent in the starting lineup. Arguments with Richard Porac Jr., who didn't appreciate Trevor's true arsenal of raw athletic talent, also cost him playing time. After the season Trevor set his focus on the 2011 Golf season, and it has clearly paid off. This article talks about a girl who qualified for the MCPS golf tournament after only a few months of playing golf, an impressive feat but one that really only speaks to the lack of skill in women's golf. As a co-captain on the team along with Matthew Whitney, Trevor was content to allow others to share in his spotlight, as he was the most consistent and top performer on the course all season. Trevor's golf game combines a 200+ yard driver with laser accuracy on to the fairway, with a short game that set ups him up for birdie putts all day. On the rare occasions he finds himself faced with a long putt, Trevor's pinpoint putting on the green can bail him out. A disappointing end to the season came at the county qualifiers, where Trevor's sensational game could not make up for the torrential downpour he faced while playing. If all his competitors had faced the same conditions, there is no doubt his score would have placed him in the group qualifying for counties and states, where he would have made a run at the traditional powerhouses of Good Counsel, DeMatha, Wooton, and others. We can look forward to great things from years to come and hopefully articles that talk about the people on the team who have real dedication and talent.
  • good looks on December 1, 2011 at 11:22 PM
    good looks j bizzle
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