Central York’s top three golfers produced the day's top three scores at the York-Adams team golf championship Wednesday to give the Panthers their fourth straight league title.
Carson Bacha, Alex Gekas and Jun Lee led the way at Briarwood East Golf Course for the Division I champions, who rolled past D-II champ Susquehannock and D-III representative York Catholic.
The Panthers’ top four, including Cailey Roman, totaled an 11-over-par 299 on the par-72 course to win by 49 strokes. The Warriors totaled 348 and the Fighting Irish finished at 369
“That’s very good for us, to break 300,” Central head coach Sean Guerin said. “They all shot good numbers today.”
Bacha leads the pack: Bacha, an Auburn University commit, was only golfer in the 18-player field to shoot under par. The junior shot a 2-under 70.
He had four bogeys on the front nine but zero on the back half, offsetting his bogeys with his six birdies.
“It wasn’t my best out there, but it (was) good enough,” he said. “I know if I bogey a hole, I can bounce back from those. It’s really up to avoiding the big numbers like double or triple (bogeys), which I was able to do today.”
While the Panthers had four golfers shoot in the 70s, Guerin said Bacha’s importance to the squad can’t be overstated.
“He’s obviously an awesome golfer, but he’s also a really good kid,” Guerin said. “He’s a really good leader. He helps the other golfers, and his attitude is always upbeat, and he keeps these guys going in the right direction.”
Playing a wet course: With the heavy and consistent rainfall in south central Pennsylvania in September, Briarwood played like a wet course Wednesday. It didn’t rain during the tournament, but the fairways weren’t bouncy and the greens were slow and soft.
“We’re used to playing this course rock hard,” Bacha said. “You definitely had to change your game a little bit.”
Lee, a sophomore who shot a 4-over 76 to finish third overall, said he realized early on that he had to change his approach.
“I was way short on my first putt,” Lee said. “I knew I had to hit it way harder. For me (when it’s wet), I go more aggressive, because the greens will stick more.”
“You just can’t let it get to you,” said Roman, who shot a 7-over 79. “Everyone is playing the same course, so you just have to suck it up and deal with it.”
Roman places seventh: Roman, the only girl golfer in the 18-player field, finished fourth on Central and seventh overall.
“Last year she won the individual county championship, and I think she has a good chance of repeating (Thursday at the individual league championship event back at Briarwood East),” Guerin said. “She’s taken her game to another level this year. She’s worked very hard, but with all these kids, it’s about believing in yourself, and she’s gotten over that hump this year. We can count on her to be competitive and shoot a good score.”
Roman had one birdie on the day and didn’t have any double or triple bogeys.
“Obviously I wish there were more girl golfers out here,” she said. “To me, it’s fun just to be out here beating guys. I wish there were more, but it shows how strong of a player I am to be out here playing with the guys.”
Other finishers: Gekas finished second overall with a 2-over 74.
Andrew Roberts (77) and Spencer Beran (78) led Susquehannock, while Russ McPaul was York Catholic's top golfer with a 6-over 78.
The event also served as a District 3 Class 3-A qualifier. Central earned the the Y-A berth for the district 3-A tournament by virtue of its win over Susquehannock. York Catholic had already sewn up the 2-A berth from the Y-A League.
Dallastown 3, Susquehannock 1: At Dallastown, the Wildcats received straight-set singles victories from Morgan Kistler and Taylor Jones. Also for Dallastown, Grace Heird and Jordan Striebig combined to win the No.1 doubles match. For the Warriors, Julia Kelbaugh and Megan Cramer combined to win a two-set tiebreaker doubles match. The No. 1 singles match was not completed due to rain. Dallastown improved to 11-2 overall and 8-1 in York-Adams Division I. The Wildcats have sewn up a share of the D-I crown.
West York 3, Bermudian Springs 0: At York Springs in a match shortened by rain, West York got 6-1, 6-1 singles wins from Alisa Steele and Chloe Hoover and a doubles victory by Brenya Stallsmith/Megan Hartlaub, 6-1, 6-2. West York improved to 9-3 overall and 7-1 in York-Adams Division II.
Northeastern 5 Red Lion 0: The Bobcats rolled behind straight-set singles wins from Courtnee Hoff, Jillian Laughman and Brynn MacDonald. Winning in straight sets in doubles were Madison Laughman/Jiselle Castano and Aubrey Shaffer/Taylor Forry. Northeastern improved to 10-3 overall and 7-2 in York-Adams Division I.
Central York 3, York Suburban 1: In a rain-shortened match, Central's Audrey Stewart and Suburban's Liv Pindzola earned straight-set singles wins. The Panthers swept the doubles behind straight-set victories from Daniella Feistritzer/Katie Kruza and Catherine Bennett/Maria Houseman.
Dallastown 3, South Western 2: At Hanover, the Wildcats prevailed, 25-20, 20-25, 12-25, 25-22, 15-13. Dallastown's stat leaders were Izzy Ream (50 assists, 11 digs), Lydia Stump (18 kills, 16 digs), Tatiana Matuszewski (17 kills), Lexie Kalligonis (14 digs) and Kanann Gemmill (12 digs). Dallastown improved to 8-4 overall and 4-3 in York-Adams Division I. South Western's leaders were Madisyn McMaster (eight kills, 14 digs), Megan Wolf (nine kills, 24 digs), Jacy Crouse (44 assists, nine digs), Ali St Rose (13 kills, 15 digs), Emma Filipovits (13 kills) and Kendall Snyder (15 digs). South Western won the JV match, 25-21, 25-12.
York Suburban 3, York High 0: The Trojans rolled to a 25-7, 25-11, 25-14 victory. The Trojans were led by Lauren Guyer (12 assists), Maddie Perring (11 digs) and Maia Carney (eight kills). Suburban improved to 9-1 overall and 7-1 in York-Adams Division II. York High was led by Jae Fitch (seven blocks) and Joshualys Berrios (20 digs).
Bermudian Springs 1, York Catholic 0: At York, the Irish had the edge in shots on goal (8-4) and corners (4-3), but Bermudian had the edge on the scoreboard. Both teams are now 6-2 in York-Adams Division III action. The Irish are 6-4 overall. York Catholic won the JV match, 1-0.
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