York County golfers more than held their own against some of the best high school players in Pennsylvania on Monday.
Seven players from the county had previously earned berths in the PIAA East Regional event at Golden Oaks Golf Club in Fleetwood, Berks County.
Five of those local golfers made the cut to earn berths in the overall PIAA Tournament, which will be held in York County on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 21-22, at Heritage Hills Golf Resort.
Spring Grove junior Karl Frisk led the way for the York-Adams League contingent, firing a 4-under-par 68 to finish tied for second in the Class 3-A boys' field. Conestoga junior Morgan Lofland was the top 3-A boys' qualifier at 67.
The other local boys to make the 3-A cut were Central York senior Carson Bacha (tied for fifth at 71), Central York junior Alex Gekas (tied for seventh at 72) and Susquehannock senior Andrew Roberts (tied for 14th at 75). The only local 3-A boys' golfer who didn't make the cut was Dallastown senior Owen Brown (tied for 42nd at 80).
The 3-A boys' cut came at 76 in the 52-player field.
Frisk finished tied for ninth in last year's state 3-A tournament, while Bacha tied for 12th. The Rockets' standout has displayed the ability to go low this year. He enjoyed the low round of the season in the York-Adams League in 2019 with a 10-under-par 61 at the South-North layout at South Hills Golf Club near Hanover.
For Bacha, a state championship is one of the few titles to elude the Panthers standout over the years. The Auburn University recruit owns two District 3 3-A titles, including a dominating 10-shot triumph in the 2019 event. He has also competed in the U.S. Amateur, won multiple American Junior Golf Association events, three York-Adams League titles and a Pennsylvania Junior Boys' Championship.
Bacha's best finish in the state tournament, however, is a fifth-place effort as a freshman. Bacha didn't compete in the state tournament as a sophomore, opting instead to compete in a prestigious AJGA event.
In 3-A girls' action, Dallastown sophomore Makensy Knaub shot 76 and finished eighth in the East Regional to also advance to the state tournament. Wissahickon freshman Elizabeth Beek shot 66 to win the 3-A regional by a whopping six shots. The girls' 3-A cut came at 80 in a 26-player field.
In the 2-A boys' field, York Catholic senior Russ McPaul shot 83 to finish tied for 18th. He missed the cut by two shots. Scranton Prep sophomore Thomas Lynch led the 2-A East Region qualifiers at 73.
There were no York-Adams League golfers in the 2-A girls' East Region event. The top scores among the 2-A girls was a 79 by Camp Hill's Paige Richter and Elk Lake's Chloe Sipe. Both Richter and Sipe are sophomores.
Reach Steve Heiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.