With a crowd of his opponents looking on and a third straight York-Adams League individual title on the line, Central York's Carson Bacha enjoyed the chance to show off his skills.
After he finished in the first group of the day with an 8-under-par 64, the Auburn University recruit still ended up with four more holes to play before he left Briarwood East Golf Club as the boys’ individual champion.
Spring Grove junior Karl Frisk also shot an 8-under 64 to force a playoff between the duo. Instead of getting upset that someone had tied his standout score, Bacha was excited for the chance to decide the championship in a head-to-head battle with Frisk.
“I am a fan of playoffs,” Bacha said. “I always enjoy having a little pressure and getting a big group of people following and doing our thing.”
Both players were on their game once the playoff holes began, matching each other with towering drives and clutch approach shots.
One the final hole of the four-hole playoff, Bacha’s second shot landed on the green while Frisk found himself behind a tree.
Pressure putts: After a few shots from Frisk, Bacha found himself with a chance to win the tournament with a birdie putt. His putt rimmed out and he was forced to tap in for par on the hole with a 5.
Frisk had a chance to force another playoff hole if he could hit his putt, but like his opponent, Frisk’s chance rimmed out and Bacha exhaled. The title was his.
“Worked out in the end; not exactly how I wanted to win it,” Bacha said. “I wanted one of us to have to make a birdie to win it, but it happens.”
Bacha was happy to leave the course with his third straight league title and said playing against a fellow Out Door Country Club member made the win even more special.
“I would say it was the most fun of the three I have won because we both played very well to get into the playoff,” said Bacha, who had nine birdies and one bogey in regulation.
Dallastown’s Michael DeRose finished third with a 72. Bacha, Frisk and DeRose finished first, second and third, respectively, in the 2018 tournament as well.
Superb sophomore: On the Briarwood West course, one golfer ran away with the girls’ individual tournament.
Dallastown sophomore Makensy Knaub shot a 5-over 75 with three birdies to win her first league title.
She credited her daily practice over the summer and experience in tournaments as reasons why she claimed the championship in only her second season.
“I was really happy and proud of myself,” Knaub said. “The work I have put in the last couple years led up to this moment and there will be more to come.”
West York’s Lillian McNally finished second with an 88 and Kennard-Dale’s Alex Smith came in third with a 90.
Other qualifiers: Eight of the girls in the tournament qualified for districts: Knaub, McNally, Smith, Northeastern’s Paige Damon, Susquehannock’s Haley Hebel, West York’s Christina Molinaro, Bermudian Springs’ Abby Hursh and Fairfield’s Sarah Devilbiss.
Six golfers qualified for the 2-A boys' district tournament: York Catholic’s Russ McPaul, Delone Catholic’s Corbyn Keller, Delone Catholic’s Josh Sherdel, Fairfield’s Gregory Gipe, York Catholic’s Patrick Doran and York Catholic’s Aaron Sarosky.
Seventeen golfers qualified for the 3-A boys' district tournament: Bacha, Frisk, DeRose, Central York’s Jun Lee, Central York’s Alex Gekas, Dallastown’s Owen Brown, Dallastown’s Bobby Nicholson, Northeastern’s Tanner Sadowski, Spring Grove’s Aiden Fissel, Central York’s Cole Sevick, Central York’s Patrick Reed, Susquehannock’s Andrew Roberts, York Suburban’s Athen Sacher, Susquehannock’s Sam Elsen, Kennard-Dale’s Nick Fowler, Eastern York’s Dyson Renn and Dover's Trevor Snyder qualified.
Reach Rob Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org.