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Central York wins another York-Adams golf crown

RYAN VANDERSLOOT
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  • Central York captured its second-straight York-Adams League Golf Team Tournament title.
  • Central York's Joe Parrini has now been part of three-straight league championship teams.
  • York Catholic finished second on Wednesday, while Dover finished in third place.

THOMASVILLE — The York-Adams League Golf Team Tournament is becoming a regular outing for Central York’s Joe Parrini.

York Catholic's Jon Giambalvo had a hole-in-one during a rainy Wednesday at the York-Adams League Team Golf Tournament. He got the ace on No. 8 at Briarwood East. Amanda J. Cain photo

It was just two years ago when Parrini was part of the league championship York Catholic squad. After transferring to Central York last year, he helped the Panthers capture the title.

Now, as a junior, Parrini was back again with his Central York teammates. Again, it was Parrini who helped his club repeat as champion.

Parrini improved his personal record to 3-0 in York-Adams League team events after shooting a 1-over-par 73 to lead his Division I champion Panthers (304) to an impressive 26-stroke victory over Division III champ York Catholic (330) Wednesday afternoon at Briarwood East Golf Course. Dover, the Division II champ, finished with a team total of 343.

“It was a fun day of golf,” Parrini said with a big smile. “Even though it was some pretty bad weather today.”

Doing it against his former team, which Central defeated in this event last year as well, was a little bittersweet for the Panther.

“We’re all friends,” he said. “So it’s always a good time with the York Catholic guys. I know all of them and I love every one of them. But my Central team pulled it out today.”

Central York's Joe Parrini tees off on the 17th hole at Briarwood East on Wednesday. Parrini had the day's low score at 73 in the York-Adams League Team Tournament. Parrini was part of his third-straight championship team. Amanda J. Cain photo

Parrini and company were able to easily outdistance the other two divisional champs with a strong 1-2-3 showing. Carson Bacha carded a 75, while Julianne Lee finished with a 76 on a day in which the team’s four lowest scores were tallied to compute the team score. All three of those scores were the lowest of the day in the competition, which was competed in wet-and-windy conditions.

York Catholic finished with two golfers with sub-80 scores, Jon Giambalvo and Andrew Forjan. Both shot 78s Wednesday.

Headed to districts: Both Central and York Catholic will continue their respective team seasons next week. The Panthers claimed the league’s Class AAA berth in the District 3 tournament over Dover, while the Irish secured the Class AA entry after winning the Division III title.

For Parrini, who was able to help the Irish claim the District 3-AA title as a freshman, the mission moves to helping his current team take that next step. Central finished runner-up to perennial District 3 power Manheim Township a season ago. The Panthers finished just five strokes behind Township.

“We’re trying to take it step by step,” he said. “And obviously this was our first step and we accomplished that today. So we know we’ll have to get focused for districts and I think we’ll be ready to go.”

Central York's Julianne Lee won her second straight Y-A League girls' individual gold medal on Monday with a three-over par 73. Amanda J. Cain photo

Giambalvo has ace: While Parrini was pleased to earn yet another league title Wednesday, he was also just as excited for Giambalvo, his former teammate and good friend. Giambalvo made some history when he carded a rare hole-in-one with his tee shot on the par-3 eighth hole.

“It was exciting,” Giambalvo said. “This is a very memorable place for it to happen too.”

Giambalvo recorded a shot he’ll never forget: What makes golf so exciting for many players is that one good shot can make your day. That was certainly the case for Giambalvo, who struggled mightily early in his round.

“I had just come off a string of a couple bad holes,” he said. “And I was just trying to get some momentum back. So I just went back to basics with my swing. I put a pretty good swing on it. It looked good in the air and I thought that I might have a pretty good chance for birdie.”

After the ball disappeared from view, Giambalvo, a junior, was confused.

“I asked one of my playing partners, ‘did that just go in?’” he said. “And then I just ran to my teammate (who was at the next hole).”

Individual championship in question: With a lot of rain in the forecast over the next four days, the York-Adams League Individual Championship scheduled for Thursday back at Briarwood is in question.

Officials will take a wait-and-see approach before making a decision Thursday morning. If the event is postponed, it will likely get moved to Monday, Oct. 3, at Briarwood.

Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.