THOMASVILLE — There really wasn’t much doubt about if the Central York golf team would win the York-Adams League title on Wednesday, Sept. 27.
The real question was just how low the powerhouse Panthers team would go en route to its third-consecutive league title.
The answer to that was a terrific 295 total, which easily lifted the Division I champs to the York-Adams League crown at Briarwood Golf Course. The Panthers, who were led by a 2-under-par 70 from Carson Bacha, bested Division II champion Susquehannock (337) and Division III champ York Catholic (343) in the three-team event.
Both Central (Class 3-A) and York Catholic (2-A) will represent the league at next week’s District 3 Team Championships back at Briarwood.
With the team title race not expected to be close, the honor for the best round of the day was definitely more uncertain. Bacha typically slides in right behind Joe Parrini on the potent Central depth chart, but the two standouts are very close in terms of ability.
“I felt really good today,” Bacha said. “Things worked out pretty well.”
Parrini, a University of Arizona recruit and two-time District 3 individual champion, still shot a very respectable even-par 72 on the day. The fact that the Panthers will be playing next week for a District 3 team title was the most important thing for Parrini.
“It definitely feels good to come out today as a team with the win,” Parrini said.
What makes the Central team so good is that all of the players push one another to get better.
“It’s really nice to have a guy like (Joe) to be able to push me,” Bacha said. “We have a good rivalry out on the course but it’s good to be on the same team.”
“Whenever you can get top talent around you it helps,” he said. “Both as a player and person.”
Eagles key for Bacha: Bacha was able to edge out his buddy in large part because of his play on both No. 9 and No. 17, two of the course’s par-5 holes. Bacha scored eagles on both, the second of which on No. 17 was via a chip shot.
“I ripped a 2-iron from about 240 to about 10 feet,” Bacha said of No. 9. “And it was really nice to roll that one in dead-center. That kind of kick-started my round.”
Bacha, who carded three birdies to go with his pair of eagles, was able to hole-out on his chip shot on 17.
“I hit a perfect drive,” he said. “I was about 135 away off a par 5, which doesn’t happen too often. I hit a gap wedge just long and my coach told me to go out there and make my 4, but I told him I’ve got to make a 3. It felt good to chip out on it.”
In addition to Bacha and Parrini, the two other scorers for the Panthers were Will Gekas, who shot a 75, and Matt Bricker, who carded a 78.
Kendel Abrams shot a 78 to lead Susquehannock while Jon Giambalvo shot a 79 for York Catholic.
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