Central York's Joe Parrini and Susquehannock's Kendel Abrams discuss their top-10 performances at the PIAA golf championships Oct. 23-24 at Heritage Hills. Elijah Armold, York Dispatch
While Joe Parrini’s round during the second day of the PIAA Individual Golf Championships brought a certain level of satisfaction, it wasn’t quite enough for him to reach his ultimate objective.
The Central York senior was one of only two participants to submit an under-par scorecard Tuesday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort, carding a 2-under 69. That score, however, still left him short of his main goal for his last year of high school play.
Parrini posted a first-day score of 77 for a total of 146 and finished in a tie for fifth-place in the boys’ Class 3-A field.
“Going into the season, my only goal as an individual is to win states. And, obviously, I fell short of that,” Parrini said. “But, you know, I went out fighting today. Looking back on it all, no complaints.”
Holy Ghost Prep’s Liam Hart was steady on his way to winning the 3-A title, carding a 1-over 72 Monday and a level-par 71 Tuesday for his victorious 143 total.
In all, four York-Adams golfers participated in the state event, and three of them, including Parrini, earned top-10 finishes. Susquehannock's Kendel Abrams was sixth in 3-A girls and Eastern York's Alexandra Lowder was 10th in 2-A girls. One other area golfer, Central York's Julianne Lee, just missed a top-10 effort, tying for 11th in 3-A girls.
After a bogey start on his first hole of the day, the par-4 10th, Parrini got right to work by notching birdies on three of his next six holes on his way to a first-nine 34.
After making the turn, Parrini again went low with a birdie on the par-4 first hole, moving him to 2-under.
The University of Arizona recruit utilized his length off tee to birdie the par-4 fourth hole, his 13th of the day. Parrini’s drive ended up just short of the green and he proceeded to chip to about seven feet before moving to 3-under.
“I hit the ball solid both days,” Parrini said. “But, really, today I just tightened up my tee shots a little bit and hit more fairways and rolled it on the greens a little better.”
Parrini would give two shots back during his next two holes before again taking advantage of his tee-shot prowess. On his next hole, the par-5 seventh, Parrini was able to get home in two and two putt for birdie.
A well-done up-and-down par save on the next hole, followed by a classic two-putt par on his closing hole saw Parrini preserve his 2-under total.
The only other golfer to go under par Tuesday was Central Catholic’s Neal Shipley, who recorded a 3-under 68 to finish in fifth-place tie with Parrini and two other players.
Tulpehocken’s Chase Miller was the champion in boys’ 2-A at 147. The York-Adams League did not field any competitors in that division.
Unfinished business: While individual play has come to a close for Parrini, there’s still one round left to be played as a representative of Central York.
The Panthers will compete in the 3-A team event Wednesday at Heritage Hills.
The District 3 champion Panthers’ chief competition will likely come from District 7 champion Central Catholic. The Vikings had two individuals in the top five in Shipley and Day 1 leader Jimmy Myers, who finished fourth at 145.
“My time with my teammates,” Parrini said of what he’ll eventually miss most about high school golf. “I’ve had good teams every single year, whether it was at York Catholic (where Parrini played his freshman year) or Central. Just those guys and the memories we made, that’s what I’ll remember.”
Abrams shows steady career improvement: Abrams also fell short of a personal goal Tuesday, but was pleased by her ability to improve every year from her freshman season forward.
Abrams bettered a Monday round of 79 by shaving two strokes Tuesday for a 77. Her two-day total of 156 saw her finish sixth in the girls’ 3-A field.
“How I handled each year differently,” Abrams said of what she was proudest of from her career. “My freshman year, I don’t know, I was pretty immature and I don’t really think my practice was enough.
“Missing the cut for districts my freshman and sophomore years definitely motivated me to make it to regionals my junior year. And then missing the cut at regionals my junior year definitely motivated me to make it to states this year.”
The highlight of Abrams’ performance Tuesday was back-to-back birdies on her closing holes, which vaulted her up the leader board.
Her first birdie came on the par-4 17th hole. After a lengthy drive, Abrams was able to place a nice 52-degree wedge into the front-left part of the green. She would then go on to hole the birdie try from about 20 feet.
She followed that up by one-putting the par-5 18th for a solid close to her Susquehannock career.
“Well, my expectations were a lot higher than what I was playing," she said."But overall it was definitely a better day than yesterday. Up-and-down round, finished strong with two birdies, overall a good day.”
As her career came to a close, Abrams expressed appreciation to her fellow Warriors for helping her reach her goals.
“It was a pretty good season,” Abrams said. “My team definitely helped make it good, I knew coming in I definitely wanted to win the division and they definitely helped with that. And then, coming into the postseason, just getting into states was my goal.”
Pine Richland’s Lauren Freyvogel had a total of 147 to win the title in girls’ 3A.
Other Y-A finishers: Lee saw her high school individual career come to a close with an 11th-place tie in 3-A girls with a two-day total of 168. Lee bettered her Monday total of 85 by scoring an 83 Tuesday.
Lowder finished 10th in girls’ 2-A after carding an 88 Tuesday for a two-day total of 173.
CW North Catholic’s Maddie Smithco was crowned the girls’ 2-A champ after defeating Rockwood’s Vileska Gelpi in a playoff. The pair shot matching 74s Tuesday.
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