Connor Bacha fired a 2-over-par 74 to win medalist honors.
Connor Bacha fired a 2-over-par 74 to win medalist honors. (John A. Pavoncello photo)

THOMASVILLE -- On the grandest of stages so far this season, the Central York golf team proved it's not only young, but also very good.

What may be even scarier is the fact that coach Dave DeMarzo believes his Division I champs can perform even better.

The Panthers, who feature three freshmen and two sophomores, didn't allow the nearly 7,000-yard East Course at Briarwood Golf Club to intimidate them one bit in Wednesday's York-Adams League Team Tournament.

Playing on West York's home course, Central (315) bested both the Division II champion Bulldogs (330) as well as the Division III champs from Delone Catholic (341) by a wide margin.

"They played well, but they can play better," DeMarzo said. "And maybe that's a good sign that they can play even better."

The redesigned East Course isn't for the weak of heart as the teams played from the longest (black) tees. The better scores proved to be very difficult to come by as a mix of wind gusts along with some extremely hard greens gave the golfers trouble.

"The kids were saying how tough the conditions were (all day)," DeMarzo said while noting the scores were a little bit higher than normal.

The truest testament of just how good the Panthers are was evidenced by freshman Connor Bacha. Playing as the team's No. 5 guy, Bacha shot a 2-over par 74 to earn medalist honors.

"He's as good as any of the other guys," DeMarzo said. "But he has been having some back problems during the season. This is what he is capable of playing."

Bacha hurt his back in the summer playing golf and re-injured it a few weeks ago. A trip to a physical therapist, however, proved to be just the right remedy for what was a painful ailment.

"My spin was out of alignment," Bacha said. "He just sort of cracked my back and had his thumbs on either side of my spine and pushed. It cracked and it felt better."

The distance of the course didn't intimidate Bacha, who feels that it actually played into his game.

"I'm longer than some other kids, so it was a little easier," he said.

Despite playing No. 5, which is traditionally only a spot used to break a tie between teams, Bacha said he did feel a little pressure to elevate his game.

"They said if we tie, it's based off the fifth guy," he said.

Districts ahead: Gus Minkin (79), Mitch Marino (80) and Evan Johnson (82) rounded out the top four for the Panthers, who earned the right to represent the league in the District 3 Class AAA tournament next Tuesday.

That spot had been reserved for West York the past three years. The Bulldogs tied Manheim Township in last year's District 3 team event, but lost on a tie-breaker. Josh Rinehart led the West York team with an individual 76 while Axel Hartman was the only other player to break 80 with a 79.

"West York is a good team right there," DeMarzo said. "To beat them here is a pretty big accomplishment."

The Delone Catholic duo of Casey Bird and Connor Faloon each shot an 83 to lead the Squires, who were already assured of the league's entry into the District 3 Class AA tournament.

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York-Adams League Team Championships

Briarwood East Golf Course

Team results: Central (315) -- Bacha 74; Minkin 79; Marino 80; Johnson 82; Potter 86; West York (330) -- Rinehart 76; Hartman 79; Stolakis 85; Lucas 90; Rice 92; Delone Catholic (341) -- Faloon 83; Bird 83; Hockenberry 84; Rupp 91; Golanoski 96.