Josh Rinehart fired a 4-under-par 68 at Briarwood East Golf Course.
Josh Rinehart fired a 4-under-par 68 at Briarwood East Golf Course. (Bill Kalina photo)

THOMASVILLE -- For the past two years, the York-Adams League Individual Boys' Golf Championship proved to be the peaking point of Josh Rinehart's season.

This year, however, the West York standout is hoping it's just the beginning. Rinehart won the boys' individual title for the third year in a row after shooting a dominating 4-under-par 68 at Briarwood East Golf Course on Thursday.

Issiah Logue of Fairfield finished second with a 2-under 70, while York Suburban's Devin Moore shot an even par 70 to claim third place.

On the girls' side, Spring Grove's Victoria Ross cruised to her first title after shooting an 82 on the West Course. Northeastern junior Malori Bloss-Senft finished second with a 92, while York Catholic's Lauren Parrini carded a 94.

Spring Grove s Victoria Ross cruised to her first girls  league title after shooting an 82 on the Briarwood West Course.
Spring Grove s Victoria Ross cruised to her first girls league title after shooting an 82 on the Briarwood West Course. (Bill Kalina photo)

The championship also serves as the District 3 qualifier. For the first time ever, there are now two divisions -- AAA and AA -- on the boys' side in which 17 golfers advanced in AAA, while six moved on in AA. There is still only one division for the girls' side and eight of the 12 girls who competed advanced.

"It's nice to kind of three-peat my junior year and still have a chance to win it all four years," Rinehart said.

Aiming for higher goals: The Bulldogs' junior has struggled to maintain his momentum after a strong showing in the league qualifier the past two years. Both times Rinehart was unable to survive the District 3 championships and move on to the PIAA Tournament.

He's hoping that an extra year of wisdom will help him make a difference in that event, which starts next Friday.

"I lost my game going into districts, so that's probably my biggest goal," he said. "I haven't made it that far yet, so that's important to me."

Rinehart plans to work on a few things with a golf pro during the next week with an aim of tightening up his game.

"I take lessons from Jaime Gylan at Royal Manchester and we've become good friends," Rinehart said. "He definitely knows my game and he knows a lot about the golf swing. So I'll go up and see him probably and practice up there to work on a few things that I saw this week, mainly with my short game."

Rinehart, who was in a threesome along with Logue and Dallastown's Brandon Greenplate, got off to a slow start. Teeing off from No. 3 to begin his round, the Bulldogs' star recorded two of his three bogeys on the day over his first three holes.

After that, it was almost lights out for Logue as Rinehart found his groove. Rinehart finished with seven birdies, one bogey and seven pars over his final 15 holes.

Spring Grove sophomore sparkles in girls' field: Ross had a lot of fun in her second time playing in the event. The Rockets' sophomore shot a 94 last year and met her goal of shooting in the mid-80s this time.

"Probably after I had my first birdie on the back nine," Ross said of when she started to feel confident that she could win. She birdied both No. 11 and 17 in her round.

Bobcats' girls sparkle: While Bloss-Senft and her Bobcats' teammate Alyssa Demangone both advanced to the district championships, the Northeastern girls just barely missed qualifying as a team. Coach Wayne Jacobs' squad, which features one junior and five sophomores, needed to shoot a team score of 400 or below to advance. The Bobcats just missed that mark with a score of 406.

"We wanted to be the first (girls) team to make it to districts," said Jacobs. "They changed it from 410 last year, but we will try for it next year."

Bloss-Senft helped recruit most of her teammates over the past two years. She was the only girl on the team as a freshman before two others joined her last season.

"I didn't want to be the only girl," she said. "So I got a couple of the girls to join the team."

OTHER GOLF

CENTRAL'S JOHNSON RALLIES TO WIN EVENT: Central freshman Evan Johnson overcame an eight-stroke deficit to win the Boys' 14-and-under division at an International Golf Tour event near Philadelphia. Johnson fired rounds of 82 and 73 to force a playoff which he won with an eight-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole. Another Central player, Gus Minkin, finished fourth with rounds of 80 and 78. The tournament, the IJGT Philly Junior, took place at Turtle Creek Golf Club in Limerick.

--Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.