LOCAL GOLF NOTES: Central York standouts in position to make Junior PGA Championship cut

Steve Heiser
York Dispatch
  • Central York golfers Carson Bacha and Joe Parrini are competing in the Junior PGA Championship.
  • In Monday's first round, Bacha shot 72 and Parrini shot 73.
  • Bacha is tied for 30th in the 144-player field, while Parrini is tied for 44th.

Central York golf standouts Carson Bacha and Joe Parrini are both in position to make the cut at the prestigious Junior PGA Championship.

Both players, however, have some work to do to catch up with the leaders.

Central York's Carson Bacha fired a 63 on Wednesday in a York-Adams Division I match at South Hills Golf Club.

Bacha fired an even-par 72 at The Country Club of St. Albans, Lewis and Clark Course, in Missouri on Monday, July 31. He's tied for 30th. Parrini, meanwhile, shot a 73 and is tied for 44th.

Bacha, 15, had three birdies, three bogeys and 12 pars. Parrini, 18, had one birdie, two bogeys and 15 pars.

The low 70 players, plus ties, will make the cut after the second round on Tuesday, Aug. 1. The final two rounds are set for Wednesday, Aug. 2, and Thursday, Aug. 3.

Dawson Ovard of Frisco, Texas, leads after shooting an 8-under 64 in the first round. He's followed by Jacob Bridgeman of Inman, South Carolina, at 65 and Reid Davenport of Austin, Texas, at 66.

The Junior PGA Championship is one of the most prestigious junior tournaments in the world. Past participants include Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Stewart Cink and Phil Mickelson. Some of the past winners include Billy Andrade, Billy Mayfair, David Toms, Pat Perez, Trevor Immelman and Sean O'Hair.

Ella Moores wins junior golf match-play title: Ella Moores, who will be a senior at New Oxford High School this fall, won the York County Junior Golf Association George Barton Match Play Girls' Championship.

Moores won the title on Monday, July 31, at Grandview Golf Club.

Moores entered the event as the No. 2 seed in the four-girl field. She rolled to a 5&4 victory over Taylor Pratte in the semifinals and then downed fourth-seeded Alex Lowder in the final, 1 up.

Lowder upset No. 1 seed Cailey Roman in the other semifinal in 20 holes.

In boys' action, top-seeded Will Gekas moved to the semifinals, along with 12th-seeded Jon Giambalvo, seventh-seeded Justin Gruver and third-seeded Logan Snyder. In the semifinals on Tuesday morning, Aug. 1, Gekas meets Giambalvo and Gruver faces Snyder. The final will follow in the afternoon

Giambalvo upset fifth-seeded Ty Gladhill in 20 holes in the first round and fourth-seeded Spencer Beran in the quarterfinals, 4&3. Gruver beat No. 2 seed Devin Peart in the quarterfinals, 4&3. Gekas won his quarterfinal, 4&3, over No. 8 Jacob Withers. Snyder had to go 19 holes to win his quarterfinal over No. 6 seed Michael Robinson.

The top four boys' seed received first-round byes.

Hanover Country Club champions: Eric Helwig and Amy Kennedy captured Hanover Country Club championships recently.

The men's runner-up was Ryan Cool, while the women's runner-up was Louise Gebhart.

The men's flight winners and runners-up were: First Flight, John Teel, first, and John Saum, second; Second Flight: Seth Hildebrand, first, and Kevin Moul, second; Third Flight, Jeff Lampe, first, and Mike Stick Sr., second; Fourth Flight, David Sivel, first, and John Peabody, second; Fifth Flight, Jim McClelland, first, and Harry Holm, second; and Sixth Flight, Craig Obeck, first, and Bill Jakeway, second.

The women's flight winners and runners-up were: First Flight, Steph Naymick, first, and Tori Downey, second; and Second Flight, Gina D'Agata, first, and Michele Stonesifer, second.

Briarwood Two-Man Scramble: Three teams tied for first recently in the Briarwood Two-Man Scramble at 62.

The top teams were Bob Ruby and Josh Sheppard, Bob Crumbling and Kevin Crumbling and Matt Daryman and Nick Geiman.

Dustin Jadro and Brett Berkheimer were fourth at 63.

There was a three-way tie for fifth at 64 among Steve Homan and Matt Bassler, Jeff Wintersteen and Brandon Gingerich and Axel Hartman and Cole Rinehart.

Local aces: Bob Spertzel had a hole-in-one recently at Honey Run Golf Course.

Spertzel used a 6-iron to ace the 168-yard 17th hole. It was his second hole-in-one. It was witnessed by Jack Sheehan.

Erik Bergdale had a hole-in-one on the second hold at Hanover Country Club.

It was witnessed by his sister.

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.