Le and Bravin: Urbana's Dynamic Duo Secures Third Place in State Golf Championships


Le and Bravin: Urbana’s Dynamic Duo Secures Third Place in State Golf Championships

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In College Park, Urbana’s Minh Le has become a familiar face at the University of Maryland Golf Course. Whether he’s there to support his sister AnPhi, a member of the Terps’ golf team and the 2021 state champion with the Hawks, or competing in multiple rounds of the MPSSAA championships over the past three years, Le’s intimate knowledge of the course’s nuances is unmatched.

In his third and final attempt at securing an individual state title, Le delivered a strong performance, albeit falling just short of the win. He tied for fourth place alongside his Urbana teammate, Rylan Bravin, in the Class 3A/4A individual boys competition, both carding impressive scores of 148. This duo’s performance also contributed to Urbana clinching third place as a team in the 3A/4A category with a total score of 633.

Le shared his contentment, saying, “I’m proud of where I am right now. At least I got a medal.” He earned this hardware by consistently delivering, including a second three-over 74 in as many rounds. Le’s unwavering consistency is his greatest asset, a quality well-appreciated by Urbana’s coach, Joe Cook, who knows he can rely on Le to consistently perform at or near par.

Le finished his high school career on a high note with a birdie on the par-5 16th hole and a successful par putt on the 17th green. Reflecting on his journey, Le said, “It shows how much I’ve done in high school. In the beginning, I didn’t win much. But I got better and better.”

Even as a sophomore, Le’s steady play and demeanor inspired his teammates, particularly Rylan Bravin, who had faced injuries during his first two years with the Hawks. Bravin saw Le as a role model and said, “I definitely saw him as the person I wanted to be. So now, to just tie with him even, it’s cool to see how much I’ve improved.”

Bravin has notably improved his short game and putting skills, evident from his impressive round on Wednesday. Overcoming early bogeys, he carded a 71, making him one of only three boys to shoot even-par or better on that day. His high school career concluded with a challenging birdie putt on the 16th hole.

Both Le and Bravin are not the type to engage in exuberant celebrations, as Coach Cook described them. They credit their teammates for their success and praised their contribution in helping Urbana overcome Churchill on the final day of the tournament.

Urbana’s team, which also received crucial contributions from Christian Plesh and Mason Jenkins, is now transitioning to the capable hands of freshman Claire Son. Son rounded off her debut season with a score of 164 in the 3A/4A girls competition. These results emphasize that Urbana remains a formidable force beyond Frederick County, and any setbacks, such as the previous year, can quickly be overshadowed.

Coach Cook emphasized the hard work put in by the team, concluding that “third place is nothing to shake a stick at.”

Elsewhere at the state championships, several other local golfers also showcased their talent. Oakdale’s Will Scott finished with a two-day total of 159 in the 3A/4A competition, while Tuscarora’s Griffin Cansler and Thomas Johnson’s Garrett Twentey both shot 161. Carter Smith from Thomas Johnson and Schaffer Wisnom from Linganore carded 164s.

In the 1A/2A competition, Brunswick’s Blake Whitcomb and Colin Pearre posted scores of 167 and 173, respectively. Middletown’s Keller Routzahn finished with a 174, Catoctin’s Jordan Moore with a 176, and Walkersville’s Celine Lieu carded a 179 in the girls competition.

In the Class 3A/4A boys category, Crofton’s Owen Newberry secured victory after a one-hole playoff with River Hill’s Benjamin Siriboury, ultimately finishing with a total score of 142.

River Hill’s Helen Yeung claimed her third consecutive Class 3A/4A girls state title, setting a two-day scoring record of 132 and a one-day record of 65 in Monday’s semifinal.

North East’s Noah Wallace also clinched his third consecutive Class 1A/2A boys title with a score of 148, while Poolesville’s Olivia Cong earned her third consecutive 1A/2A girls title with a score of 137.

In the team championships, River Hill secured its second consecutive Class 3A/4A title with a record-tying score of 572, while South Carroll claimed the 1A/2A crown for the first time with a score of 633.



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