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Dallastown High School golfer wins District 3 Class 3-A girls' championship

STEVE HEISER
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Makensy Knaub of Dallastown chips onto the green on hole nine of the York-Adams Division I golf match at South Hills Golf Club, Tuesday, September 15, 2020. 
John A. Pavoncello photo
  • Dallastown's Makensy Knaub is the District 3 Class 3-A girls' golf champion.
  • Knaub won the title by four shots after rounds of 73 and 72 at Briarwood East.
  • Spring Grove's Karl Frisk lost in a playoff for the District 3 3-A boys' golf title.

Dallastown’s Makensy Knaub is the District 3 Class 3-A girls’ golf champion.

The Wildcats junior fired rounds of 73 on Friday and 72 on Saturday at Briarwood East Golf Club to win the crown with a 1-over-par 145 total, which was four shots clear of second-place Hannah Barrett of Carlisle. It was her first district championship.

The scores and the finish were a marked improvement for Knaub, who finished seventh a year ago in the district event at 16-over par.

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Knaub, the two-time defending York-Adams League champion, is one of six girls from District 3 to advance to the PIAA Class 3-A state tournament at Heritage Hills Golf Course on Oct. 19-20. West York’s Lillian McNally also qualified for the state event after finishing tied for fifth in the district tournament at 24-over-par 168 after rounds of 92 and 76.

Also in 3-A girls’ action, Dallastown’s Taylor Hicks (94-87—181) tied for 13th and Northeastern’s Paige Damon (96-97—193) was 18th.

Spring Grove's Karl Frisk tees off on the 10th hole of the York-Adams Division I golf match at South Hills Golf Club, Tuesday, September 15, 2020. 
John A. Pavoncello photo

Frisk second in 3-A boys' field: In the 3-A boys’ division, Spring Grove senior Karl Frisk settled for a second-place district finish after falling in a playoff to Carlisle’s John Peters. Both finished at 1-under-par 143 at Briarwood East. Frisk had rounds of 72 on Friday and 71 on Saturday.

Frisk, who tied for fourth at the district event a year ago at 4-over-par 148, had an excellent chance to win after making an eagle on the -par-5 17th hole to grab a two-shot lead with one hole left on Saturday. On No. 18, however, the York-Adams League champion hit his drive out of bounds into the driving range and ended up making a double bogey, while Peters parred the hole.

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On the first playoff hole, the Duke-bound Peters chipped in for birdie to grab the victory.

Frisk and Peters are among 11 District 3 players to earn state berths. Also moving on to the 3-A state event from the York-Adams League are York Suburban’s Athen Sachar (74-75—149, sixth) and Spring Grove’s Noah Keener (76-79—155, 11th). Dallastown’s Bobby Nicholson just missed a 3-A state berth, finishing 12th at 156 after rounds of 80 and 76. Northeastern’s Tanner Sadowski and Dover’s Trevor Snyder were another shot back at 157, trying for 14th place. Sadowski had rounds of 79 and 78, while Snyder shot 75 and 82. Dallastown’s Lane Krosse was 17th at 158 after rounds of 77 and 81. Other York-Adams golfers who made the second-round cut in the 3-A boys’ field were Suburban’s Will Stewart (79-84—163, 24th) and Northeastern’s Caden Blanchette (78-86—164, 25th).

Class 2-A action: In the 2-A competition for boys and girls at Briarwood West over the weekend, the York-Adams League didn’t have any golfers make the state field.

Littlestown’s Bradin Peart just missed a state boys’ berth after finishing seventh at 159 on rounds of 80 and 79. The top six players in the 2-A district field advanced to the state tournament. Peart was just one shot outside of the state cut line. York Catholic’s Patrick Doran finished 16th at 169 on rounds of 85 and 84. No other York-Adams boys’ golfers made the second-round district cut.

Like Peart, Delone Catholic’s Kat Keller just missed the 2-A state cut, finishing fourth at 191 after rounds of 107 and 84. The top three 2-A girls moved on to the state tournament. Keller finished three shots out of third.

In the district boys’ team competition on Friday, Central York finished fourth in the 3-A event at 328. Wilson won the event at 318, followed by Manheim Township at 319 and Cumberland Valley at 324. In the 2-A  boys’ team event, Delone Catholic took fifth at 361. Boiling Springs (329) was first, followed by Berks Catholic (340), Annville-Cleona (343), High Point Baptist (344), Delone (361) and Millersburg (363).

In previous seasons, individual golfers would advance to regional competition before moving on to the state tournament. This season, however, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the regional competitions were eliminated, with golfers advancing directly from district action to state competition.

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.