It was a great day for scoring on Wednesday at South Hills Golf Course.
Just ask Karl Frisk and Carson Bacha.
Bacha shot a 66, and his Central York teammates earned a dominating York-Adams Division I golf victory at the Hanover-area course.
The story of the day, however, was a sizzling 10-under-par 61 fired by Frisk, a junior standout for the Spring Grove Rockets.
Frisk considers ball-striking his strength, with drives that typically soar 300 yards in the air, but it wasn't his ball-striking that was the key to his 61.
"It wasn't the best ball-striking round I ever had, but it was definitely the best putting round I ever had. I putted my butt off," the 6-foot, 1-inch, 185-pound Frisk said.
It's by far the best round of the season thus far in Y-A League action and is the new course record on the South-North layout at the 27-hole South Hills facility. It could be the best-ever round shot in York-Adams competition, although that could not be confirmed.
The previous South-North course record, according to Spring Grove head coach Dave Childress, was a 63 shot by Bacha. Childress, who is in his eighth year as Spring Grove's head coach, said Frisk's round was the best score he's ever seen in Y-A action.
"He’s a hard worker at his game," Childress said of Frisk. "He plays five days a week and then he practices. He's a great kid who works very hard at his game and is very confident. Last year, he was ninth at states, but this year he manages his game much better than he did last year. He knows his game, and he knows what he’s capable of. Nothing fazes him."
Bogey-free round: Frisk played a bogey-free round on Wednesday, with eight birdies and a chip-in eagle on his final hole, which was the par-4 ninth hole on the South Course.
"I had about 40 yards over a bunker," Frisk said. "It was a difficult shot. I hit a high lob over the bunker. I was just trying to get within 10 feet, and it went in. That was pretty sweet."
On a roll of late: Frisk had a 4-under 32 on the North Course and a 6-under 29 on the South Course. It was his second straight bogey-free round. Childress said he played with Frisk on Sunday when he shot a bogey-free 7-under 65 at Royal Manchester Golf Links. That was Frisk's career-best score — until he shot his 61 at South Hills.
"I've just been putting really well recently," said Frisk, who said he was disappointed with his play over the summer. "I've been making most of my birdie opportunities. I'm a pretty good ball-striker, so if I putt well I'm usually going to go low. (Wednesday), I also drove the ball really well. I drove two of the par 4s."
Paired with Bacha: Frisk said he was motivated on Wednesday by playing in the same group with his friend and rival Bacha, who has already committed to play for NCAA Division I golf powerhouse Auburn. Frisk and Bacha, who both belong to Out Door Country Club, spent a couple weeks playing golf together in Florida last winter.
"We always have good matches," Frisk said of his paring with Bacha. "We've been good friends for a while. We tore it up pretty good."
Cyber student: Frisk has been a cyber school student since eighth grade, which gives him an opportunity to play lots of golf during the day and fit in his school work around his golf schedule. It also allows him to travel to tournaments during the school year while also continuing to do his school work from hotels. Frisk does spend almost his entire year in York County, unlike Bacha, who trains in Florida during the winter after Central York's golf season ends.
"If the sun is shining, I'm golfing," Frisk said.
Future plans: Frisk plans to play NCAA Division I golf, possibly for a Big Ten school, and he hopes to eventually become a pro player.
"For sure, I’d like to turn pro and see what I could do," he said.
Bacha also shines: Bacha, meanwhile, returned to York County and immediately made an impact for Central.
The senior had missed Central's first D-I match of the season after competing in the U.S. Amateur in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Central finished second in that match, a single shot behind Dallastown.
On Wednesday, with Bacha in the lineup, the Panthers cruised to a 26-shot triumph over Dallastown. Central finished with a 292 total, while the Wildcats finished at 318. Northeatern took third at 350, followed by South Western (356), Spring Grove (360), New Oxford (371) and Red Lion (397).
Central and Dallastown are now tied for first place in the division at 11-1.
Dallastown's Michael DeRose was third individually at 71, followed by Central's Jun Lee at 74, Central's Alex Gekas at 75, Northeastern's Tanner Sadowski at 76 and Central's Cole Sevick at 77. They were the only golfers to break 80 during the round.
York Country Day 3, Bermudian Springs 2: In a match from Wednesday, YCD swept the singles action behind straight-set wins from Kaylee Mustard, Olivia Sharpe and Lea Gilio.
Dallastown 5, Cedar Crest 0: At Dallastown, the Wildcats improved to 2-0 in nonleague action with the easy win over the Lebanon County team on Wednesday. No other details were reported.
James Buchanan 3, Littlestown 2: At Mercersburg, the Lady Bolts dropped the nonleague contest.
Reach Steve Heiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.