After playing an up-and-down round Wednesday, Central York’s Carson Bacha played more like himself Thursday in the York-Adams League Individual Golf Championships.
Bacha, an Auburn University commit, led the Panthers to a first-place finish in the Y-A Team Championship on Wednesday with a 2-under-par 70 that included six birdies and four bogeys. The junior was more consistent Thursday back at Briarwood East Golf Course, shooting a 4-under 68, with only one bogey, to claim his second straight Y-A boys’ golf crown.
“I was a little bit happier with how I played,” Bacha said. “I made more mistakes yesterday than I wanted to. I talked it over with my dad last night and it came down to the mistakes being mental yesterday. I tried to avoid those today, and (that) was key.”
Karl Frisk from Spring Grove finished second and Dallastown’s Michael DeRose placed third.
On the Briarwood West course, Kennard-Dale’s Alexandra Smith edged out defending champion Cailey Roman from Central York for the girls’ crown. Smith shot a 15-over 85.
“Going in, I was confident, but not overly confident,” Smith said. “I knew Cailey would be competition, and we didn’t play our best rounds. It was sort of neck-and-neck throughout the course.”
Roman ended in second place, while Dallastown’s Makensy Knaub rounded out the top three.
Bacha adjusts: It was a rainy afternoon in York, leading to an even slower and softer course than the one that Bacha played Wednesday. He said the team championship helped him prepare for the individual championship Thursday.
“It definitely helped with a few decisions off the tee and just getting the feel for hitting approach shots and putting on the greens,” Bacha said.
After making par on nine of his first 10 holes, Bacha rolled off four birdies on his next five holes.
“When you’re as good as Carson, and you hit fairways and you hit greens, it’s all about the putter,” Central head coach Sean Guerin said. “He just had a cold putter to start the round and got hot during the back nine.”
Smith ekes out victory: Briarwood West was not in the best of shape because of the rain, and the 10 girls in the field struggled. As expected, though, Smith and Roman led the pack, with Smith earning a two-stroke victory.
“She grinded it out there today,” K-D head coach Blake Testerman said. “… She had a couple of bad holes, but she made pars when it mattered.”
Smith held a five-stroke lead with three holes left, but Roman made the last two holes interesting after gaining three strokes on the par-3 ninth with a par. Both golfers double-bogeyed the penultimate hole and birdied the final one.
“We both feed off that, and it’s good competition,” said Smith about playing with Roman.
With the close loss in the girls’ tournament, the Panthers came up short in pursuit of their second consecutive sweep of all three Y-A trophies.
“We have a young team, and we’re building for the future,” Guerin said. “These guys are all getting great experience and exposure to postseason play here. I’m proud of the way they’ve done.”
Sudden-death playoffs: After the scores were counted, two sudden-death playoffs were necessary to determine placing and district qualifying.
The first playoff was between Frisk and DeRose to determine the second- and third-place finishers after the two tied at even-par 72.
Frisk’s approach was 10-feet from the pin on the par-4 10th, and he birdied the hole to win the playoff to finish second overall.
“Me and Michael are good friends,” Frisk said. “I was just going to play like we always do. … I stuck (the approach) pretty close, and then I made my first 10-footer of the day.”
The other playoff was between York Catholic’s Max Kile and Delone Catholic’s Nick Carpenter, who tied at 88, to decide the last spot for the Class 2-A District 3 qualifier. Kile won the playoff to earn the final slot.
Other qualifiers: Eight boys’ golfers qualified for the 2-A district field at Briarwood on Friday, Oct. 5, and Saturday, Oct. 6: Russ McPaul (York Catholic), Austin Brandt (Bermudian Springs), Devin Peart (Littlestown), Tucker Byers (Bermudian Springs), Bradin Peart (Littlestown), Gregory Gipe (Fairfield), Shane Bosley (Fairfield) and Kile. Carpenter is the first alternate.
Seventeen 3-A golfers qualified for the districts next weekend: Bacha, Frisk, DeRose, Jun Lee (Central York), Brandon Simmons (Spring Grove), Gavin Harvey (Dallastown), Justin Gruver (New Oxford), Spencer Beran (Susquehannock), Andrew Roberts (Susquehannock), Alex May (York Tech), Jordan Staub (New Oxford), Owen Brown (Dallastown), Matthew Weaver (York Suburban), Cole Sevick (Central York), Channing Bratton (Red Lion), Darren Sciortino (Dallastown) and Tanner Sadowski (Northeastern). Ty Gladshill from Spring Grove is the first alternate.
Eight of the 10 girls’ golf competitors advanced to the district event next weekend: Smith, Roman, Knaub, Lillian McNally (West York), Madison Butler (Dallastown), Grace Forster (York Suburban), Maria Cushing-Daniels (Delone Catholic) and Taylor Woodward (Gettysburg).
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