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LOCAL GOLF NOTES: Central York standouts excel at Hershey Country Club event

ELIJAH ARMOLD
YorkDispatch

Not only do Gus Minkin and Julianne Lee have the Central York Panthers atop the York-Adams League Division I standings this season, they are also taking care of business in their time away from York County.

Both were winners at the International Junior Golf Tour's Labor Day Classic held Sept. 5-6 on the East Course at Hershey Country Club.

Golfers ranging in age from 10 to 19, and representing seven states, competed in the 36-hole tournament.

Minkin was a wire-to-wire winner, taking the boys' 15-19 division by four strokes over Sewickley's Chris Tanabe. He shot an opening-day 73 to take the lead and then closed things out with a 72 the next day on the par-71 course.

He slammed the door early on Day 2, firing a 2-under 34 on the front nine, giving him that four-stroke cushion which he wouldn't relinquish.

Lee's path to victory was a bit more difficult.

After 36 holes, Lee and Towson's Charlotte Simpson carded identical scores of 156.

The pair bogeyed the first playoff hole, before an up-and-down par save on the next hole gave Lee the win over the Marylander. Lee started the second day one shot back of Simpson after a first-round 78.

Two birdies on the front nine of her second round had Lee and Simpson tied heading into the final nine holes of regulation. Simpson briefly took the lead after a birdie on the 14th hole, but Lee answered later with a par to Simpson's bogey on the final hole to push the match to extra holes.

OTHER GOLF NOTES

Irish claim a share of division crown: Yes, it's only Sept. 10, but, there is already a York-Adams League team that has wrapped up at least a share of its division title.

The York Catholic golf team did just that by winning Tuesday's Division III tournament at the Country Club of York. The Irish had a team total of 324, an impressive 35 shots clear of second-place York Tech.

York Catholic's Andrew Forjan took home medalist honors by carding a 73.

The only way the Irish will remain tied for the crown is if they finish in last place at the final Division III event on Sept. 21 at Regents' Glen and the second-place Spartans win the tournament.

Junior tour gets new director: Mike Skelly, PGA professional at Briarwood Golf Club, was recently named the director of the York County Junior Golf Association's summer tour.

A 1988 graduate of Spring Grove, who also played for the Rockets and in various YCJGA events, Skelly first fell in love with the game by playing at Little Creek Golf Course near Spring Grove alongside his grandfather.

He later spent time working in the pro shop at Briarwood before pursuing his PGA certification.

Skelly is presently the assistant professional at Briarwood, teaching clinics and giving private lessons to golfers of all ages and abilities.

Pair of local aces: Two golfers recently recorded holes-in-one at area courses. On Sept. 5, Anthony Palcher hit the perfect shot on the 131-yard, par-3 third hole at Briarwood East. He used a 9-iron to accomplish the feat, witnessed by Robert Makepeace, John Mirable and John Schouf.

On Sept. 9, Lee Seitz only needed one shot to complete the 129-yard, par-3 17th at Honey Run. Seitz's 6-iron did the trick. Jim Krall, Bill Traum, Ken Batson and Craig Rudacille were witnesses to Seitz's sensational shot.

Lowder, Waltman win senior scramble: John Lowder Jr. and Ken Waltman teamed up to win the Senior Series Two-Man Scramble at Briarwood West on Sept. 9. The pair carded a 57 to win the gross division by one stroke over Bill Brenner and Don Dimoff. John Holtry and Mike Osbaugh combined to score a 54 1/3 and win the net division by one, defeating the second-place team of Emory Miller and Herb Hollar.