LOCAL GOLF NOTES: Central York's Carson Bacha shoots 85 in first round of the U.S. Amateur

Carson Bacha
  • Carson Bacha shot an 85 at the U.S. Amateur on Monday.
  • The nation's most prestigious amateur event is being played at Pinehurst No. 2.
  • The rising Central York senior was unable to make a birdie during his round.

Carson Bacha didn't get off to the start he wanted on Monday at the U.S. Amateur Championship.

The rising senior at Central York High School struggled to a 15-over-par 85 on the legendary Pinehurst No. 2 Course in North Carolina. The Donald Ross-designed layout has played host to three U.S. Opens since 1999.

Bacha shot 40 on the front nine and 45 on the back nine. He had four double bogeys and a triple bogey, in addition to four bogeys. He didn't make a birdie.

There are 312 players in the field for the most prestigious amateur tournament in the nation. After the second round of stroke play on Tuesday, the field will get cut to the top 64 players for the match-play portion of the event.

As of 8:15 p.m. Monday, Bacha was tied for 300th place, making it extremely unlikely that he'll advance to the match-play portion of the event.

Bacha, who has committed to play NCAA Division I golf at Auburn University, is scheduled to tee off at 2:56 p.m. Tuesday at Pinehurst No. 4.


Three former York County Amateur champs make cut at Pa. Amateur: Three York County Amateur champions recently made the cut at the 106th Pennsylvania Amateur Championship at Aronimink Golf Club.

Current York County Amateur champion Joe Parrini finished tied for 22nd with a 217 total on rounds of 70-76-71. Parrini is a former Central York standout who now competes for the University of Arizona. He plays out of the Country Club of York.

Another CCY golfer, Brandon Knaub, finished tied for 32nd at 219 on rounds of 72, 73 and 74. The former Dallastown High standout won the York County Amateur in 2003.

Raymond Sheedy, the 2017 York County Amateur champ, finished 39th with a 223 total on rounds of 70, 77 and 76.

Christopher Tanabe of Sewickley Heights Golf Club won the crown at 205 on scores of 69, 65 and 71.

Dimoff ties for 12th at Pa. Senior Amateur: Royal Manchester's Don Dimoff recently tied for 12th at the 60th Pennsylvania Senior Amateur Championship at Butler Country Club.

The event was cut to 18 holes because of weather issues. Dimoff shot a 74. Sean Knapp won the event with a 67. CCY's Jeff Poet tied for 29th at 79 and Briarwood's Jim Mastromatteo tied for 41st at 81.

In the Super Senior Division, Briarwood's Greg Osborne tied for 14th at 154 on rounds of 74 and 80. Two CCY golfers, Todd Kennedy and Dennis Lankford, tied for 17th at 155. Kennedy had rounds of 77 and 78, while Lankford had rounds of 73 and 82. Don Donatoni won the Super Senior event with a 141 total on rounds of 66 and 75.

Kennedy, Lee compete in Pa. Women's Amateur: Three York County golfers recently competed in the 83rd Pennsylvania Women's Amateur Championship at the Philadelphia Cricket Club.

Amy Kennedy of the Country Club of York reached the Senior Division quarterfinals before falling. Kennedy recently won her 10th Women's York County Amateur crown.

Former Central York golfer Julianne Lee made the round-of-16 match-play portion of the Amateur Championship but lost in the first round.

In the Super Senior Division, Range End's Paula Bauer advanced to the semifinals before losing.

Jackie Rogowicz won the Amateur Division, Noreen Mohler won the Senior Division and Liz Haines took the Super Senior Division.

Aces at Briarwood East: There were two holes-in-one at Briarwood East Golf Club recently.

Ben Glezer aced the 14th hole on Wednesday, Aug. 7. He used a 9-iron on the 121-yard shot. Witnesses were Ken Carroll, John Sette and Mike Hanson. 

Steve Gherardini aced the third hole on Wednesday, July 31. He used a 7-iron on the 155-yard shot. Witnesses to the shot were Gary Mummert, Casey Schardt and Jeff Garland. 

York falls in Junior War of the Roses: The York County team recently fell to Lancaster County 23-5 in the Junior War of the Roses match-play event at Hanover Country Club.

York got singles wins from Andrew Roberts (3&2), Devin Peart (1-up) and Nick Hooper (1-up). 

In foursomes, Trevor Snyder and Caden Blanchette grabbed a 2&1 win, while Peart and Jun Lee earned a draw.

In four ball, Ellie Fritsch and Paige Damon also earned a draw.

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.