LOCAL GOLF: Central York's Joe Parrini makes his move at Junior PGA Championship

Steve Heiser
York Dispatch
  • Central York's Joe Parrini shot a 5-under 67 in the third round of the Junior PGA Championship.
  • Parrini is now tied for 17th in the event, played in Missouri.
  • Another Central player, Carson Bacha, is also tied for 17th after a 74 in the third round.

Carson Bacha made his big move during the second round.

During the third round, it was Joe Parrini's turn to surge up the leaderboard.

Central York's Joe Parrini fired a 5-under-par 67 during the York-Adams League Division I opener at Royal Manchester Golf Links.

Now, heading into the final round of the 42nd annual Junior PGA Championship, the two Central York High School teammates are tied for 17th place at 4-under par.

The event, which started with a 144-player field, is being played at The Country Club at St. Albans, Lewis and Clark Course, in Missouri.

Parrini, a University of Arizona recruit, had his best round of the tournament on Wednesday, Aug. 2, shooting a 5-under 67, following rounds of 73 and 72. He moved up from a tie for 44th after the second round.

Parrini had five birdies and no bogeys during a mistake-free third round. He needed just 25 putts, hit 12 of 14 fairways, 12 of 18 greens in regulation and was 6 for 6 in up-and-down opportunities.

The 15-year-old Bacha, meanwhile, faltered a bit in the third round, firing a 74 after rounds of 72 and 66. He dropped down from a tie for sixth after the second round.

Bacha got off to a slow start in the third round, going 4 over during the first three holes, including a double bogey on the first hole. He steadied himself after that, going 2-under over the final 15 holes. That included an eagle on the par-4 fifth hole. Bacha needed 28 putts, hit 8 of 14 fairways, 10 of 18 greens in regulation and was 3 for 8 in up-and-down opportunities.

The two Panthers are now at 212 overall, which is 13 shots behind the leader, Akshay Bhatia of Wake Forest, North Carolina, who stands at 17-under 199. Daulet Tuleubayev is second at 15-under 201, while Trent Phillips of Inman, South Carolina, and Reid Davenport of Austin, Texas, are tied for third at 13-under 203.

It will be extremely hard for Parrini and Bacha to catch any of those golfers, but a top-five or top-10 finish is possible with a very strong final round on Thursday, Aug. 3. The Panther standouts stand just five shots out of fifth place.

The Junior PGA Championship is one of the most prestigious junior tournaments in the world. Past participants include Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Stewart Cink and Phil Mickelson. Some of the past winners include Billy Andrade, Billy Mayfair, David Toms, Pat Perez, Trevor Immelman and Sean O'Hair.



Williams wins Hickory Heights title: Kyle Williams won the Hickory Heights Golf Club Championship over the weekend.

Williams, who last won the event in 2014, shot a 27-hole total of 112 to edge Troy Jesko by two shots. Last year's winner, Justin Heisler, was third at 116.

In the first flight, Dave Jacoby had a 27-hole total of 124 to win the crown. Lance Williams was second at 127. The third-place finisher was last year's winner, Bob Warner.

The women's championship, played over 18 holes, went to Lani Evelan, who shot 89, to beat last year's champ, Jane Alwood.

Paul Miller took the Seniors Flight crown with an 18-hole total of 82. He edged Steve George, who shot 84. Pret Grove was third.

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.