GOLF: Central York's Parrini, Lee sweep league titles
- Central York junior Joe Parrini shot a 69 to win the Y-A League AAA boys' individual championship.
- Panthers' junior Julianne Lee won the girls' title with a 3-over par 73.
- Andrew Forjan of York Catholic won the AA boys' title with a 79.
In golf, a round can ultimately be determined by how well a course suits a player's style.
It's safe to say that Briarwood Golf Club's East Course suits Central York junior Joe Parrini's style just fine.
After being the low man during the Panthers' York-Adams League team championship match last Wednesday at Briarwood, Parrini continued to dominate the course on Monday in the league individual championships. A hot stretch of four straight birdies late in his round took a good round and turned it into a great one. Parrini finished with a 3-under par 69, six strokes better than the nearest competitor.
"I played pretty well," Parrini said. "I started off slow. I was 2 over through three and I kept staying positive and got into a groove. Once I made the turn, I birdied four in a row and that kind of helped me. I was 1 over and that got me to 3-under par."
Parrini won the AAA gold medal by six strokes over Evan Greenplate of Dallastown and Luke Hoffnagle of Spring Grove, who both shot 75s. Greenplate earned the silver medal by defeating Hoffnagle on the first playoff hole with a par to Hoffnagle's bogey.
Starting on hole No. 4, a par 4, Parrini opened with three straight fives to open 2 over. By the time he got to the back nine, he worked his way back to level par with birdies on the par-4 seventh and par-5 ninth. He gave a stroke back on the par-4 10th and then made a string of five straight pars before he got hot, making four straight birdies on from No.16 through No. 1. That streak finally came to an end on the par-5 second, when he had about a 10-foot putt for another birdie, but had it graze the right edge to snap his streak. He went on to par his final hole of the day to card the 69.
"I was hitting my tee shots well all day," Parrini said. "But, those four holes, I was hitting my approach shots pretty close. I was giving myself chances inside 15 feet and I was rolling in the putts."
On a day when the course was still very soggy from all the rain that hit the area late last week, forcing the individual championships to be postponed from last Thursday until Monday, Parrini took advantage. As probably one of the longest hitters in the Y-A League, Parrini used his length off the tee to shorten many of the holes on a day when players weren't getting a ton of roll on their shots. He was taking dead aim at pins, knowing that if he hit his number, the ball would stick on the green.
"It's a bomber's course," he said. "I can go out there and hit long. It's not too narrow, so there's a little bit more room for error, which suits my length. Then, the greens are soft right now, so you can take advantage of it."
Fighting Irish sweep AA: Parrini's lone playing partner, Andrew Forjan of York Catholic, wound up finishing first in the AA tournament, shooting a 7-over 79. He was followed by teammates Dillon Hippensteel and Jon Giambalvo, who shot 80 and 84, respectively, to take the silver and bronze medals.
Eastern York senior Zach Dixon was supposed to play in the group with Parrini and Forjan, but withdrew because of health reasons. Dixon was the Golden Knights' top player this season, but the withdrawal brought his high school career to a disappointing end.
takes gold in girls' tournament: For the second straight year, Julianne Lee won the Y-A League girls' title, making it a second straight year that Central York won both the boys' and girls' individual medals.
Last year, she won it as a sophomore, with Gus Minkin winning the boys' gold medal. This year, as a junior, Lee shot a 3-over 73 on the West Course, besting Susquehannock junior Kendel Abrams by two shots.
The two girls, playing in the same foursome, went toe-to-toe the entire day. The difference was Lee shooting a 37 on the front nine, while Abrams shot 41. Abrams bested Lee on the back nine with a 1-under 34, helped by back-to-back birdies on No. 11 and No. 12, but it wasn't enough to make up the difference.
Despite winning another individual title, Lee wasn't completely satisfied with her round.
"It was actually kind of hard today because, last year, they moved (tees and pins) a little more in the front and this year, they moved (tees and pins) a little more in the back," Lee said. "And because of the rain, it's really hard, too."
Overall, the top-17 boys in AAA and top-six boys in AA made the District 3 tournament, while nine girls scored below the cutline for the girls' District 3 tournament. The district event will be held back at Briarwood on Friday and Saturday, with a cut being made following Friday's round.
Hole-in-one: Chris Gross made a hole-in-one on Oct. 2 at Out Door Country Club.
Gross aced the par-3 sixth hole, playing 147 yards. He used an 8-iron. It was witnessed by Mike Marino and Brent Hines.
Couples championship: Tom and Janet Pope won the 2016 Out Door Country Club Couples Championship on Oct. 2, winning with a score of 144.
Kevin and Kerri Bacha finished first in the gross category with a 162. There was a tie for second with 174s by Maury and Mary Bobst and Dave and Janet Klas. In the net category, Todd and Delanie Toerper and Chris and Melissa Beaverson tied for first with scores of 145. Jerry and Donna Watson finished third with a 147.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at firstname.lastname@example.org