Central York's Carson Bacha didn’t shoot his best round on the first day of the District 3 Class 3-A Individual Golf Championship on Friday.
The Auburn University recruit was in seventh place after shooting a 1-over-par 73 at Briarwood East Golf Course and trailed the Waynesboro’s Devin Smith by three strokes.
Bacha came back during the final round Saturday, however, to win the crown by three strokes. He shot a 4-under 68 for a two-round score of 3-under 141. The junior was one of two golfers under par on the day and the only competitor under par for the tournament.
“I was really proud of Carson,” head coach Sean Guerin said. “He’s a dependable kid. If you tell him to go out and do something, most likely he’s going to do it. Super competitive and wants to win.”
Despite the three-stroke deficit, Bacha said he was still confident heading into the second round.
“I like trailing from behind heading into the final day,” Bacha said. “I’m able to push the leader. If you’re in the lead spot, sometimes you try to protect your lead.”
The win is Bacha’s first District 3 title. He didn’t compete in the district tournament last season because of a national tournament he was playing in.
The comeback: Bacha said after he hit a “big” birdie on the par-4 10th hole Saturday, he bogeyed the 11th, which he said was one of his few mistakes on the day.
“It was a lousy three-putt bogey,” he said. “That was a spot where I could’ve gotten mad and let the round get away from me, but I didn’t.”
Bacha was tied for the lead with four holes left, and while he won by three strokes, he made a birdie that could’ve been a difference-maker on the 17th hole
“Carson closed really well,” Guerin said.
Looking ahead: Bacha will now move on to the PIAA Eastern Regional on Oct. 15 at Golden Oaks Golf Club in Reading.
Bacha said he is going to work on his putting this week in practice.
“The putter has been inconsistent for me,” he said.
Unlike the York-Adams League tournament and the District 3 tournament, Guerin said the one-round regional is more about qualifying for states than anything else.
“It’s more about surviving and advancing,” Guerin said. “You’re more concerned with just getting through so you can get to states.”
Other results: Four other Y-A golfers qualified for the regional next week.
In the Class 3-A, Spring Grove’s Karl Frisk finished seventh overall, shooting 4 over across the two days. Dallastown’s Gavin Harvey was the only other golfer to qualify. He shot an 11 over.
Littlestown’s Devin Peart was the lone Y-A qualifier in 2-A. He shot a 17 over for the last spot.
Central’s Cailey Roman was the only girl to qualify in either girls' event. She finished seventh in the 3-A girls’ tournament at 18 over.
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