Carson Bacha survived a playoff, a rain delay and a turkey delay to win the Boys' 15-18 Blue Division title at Monday's York County Junior Golf Association event.
The tournament at Regents' Glen Country Club, just west of York City, was delayed about an hour by rain, and was also delayed by a flock of wild turkeys.
According to Dave Childress, the president of the board of directors of the YCJGA, about five or six turkeys entered the course from a lot next to No. 6.
And the turkeys weren't interested in leaving the premises.
"They were right in the middle of the fairway on No. 6, and when the kids would go down there, they would kind of go after the kids," Childress said.
Childress said he tried to disperse the turkeys by driving a golf cart toward them, but the turkeys wouldn't budge. Eventually, he put the cart in reverse and discovered that the turkeys would follow him away from the hole, allowing the junior golfers to resume play.
"It was the craziest thing I've even seen," Childress said. "...They would gobble at you. They would look at you and they'd start walking toward you, gobbling at you. ... Eventually they went into the high weeds and left us alone a little"
Childress said six or seven groups of players had to play around the turkeys.
"We even in brought in an air horn, and that didn't do anything," Childress said.
Childress said he was concerned for the safety of the junior golfers. He said the turkeys were sizable and he was afraid they would attempt to harm the youngsters. Childress said there was no physical contact between the junior golfers and the turkeys.
"It was different," Childress said. "...but the kids had a good time with it."
The results: Bacha, who will be a freshman at Central York in the fall, finally earned the victory in a two-hole playoff over Andrew Forjan. Both golfers had completed regulation at 3-over-par 75. It was Bacha's first triumph of the YCJGA season.
Justin Gruver and Andrew Davis were close behind at 76, while Jacob Withers was next at 78.
They were the only golfers to break 80 in the Blue Division.
Kendel Abrams cruised to her second victory of the season in the Girls' 18-and-Under Red Division with a 2-over-par 74. She finished nine shots clear of second-place Alex Lowder. Cailey Roman was third with an 87.
William Gekas picked up his second straight triumph in the Boys' 18-and-Under White Division with a 1-over 73. Devin Peart was second at 79, while Ryan Menchey was third at 81. Gekas finished with the low score of the day.
Karl Frisk also won for the second straight week in the Boys' 14-and-Under Green Division with an 83. Max Kile took second at 89, and Andrew Roberts was third at 90.
Caden Blanchette fired a 41 to capture the Nine-Hole A Division by two shots over second-place Jimmy Hook IV. Bradin Peart was third at 46.
The final event of the YCJGA regular season is set for next Monday at Briarwood West.
Ace at Honey Run: Mark Baker had a hole-in-one on Friday at Honey Run Golf Club.
Baker used a 5-wood to ace the 180-yard ninth hole. It was witnessed by Tom Lucas, Keith Hill and Jill Trimmer.
Reach Steve Heiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.