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Roney, Bishop capture WACO Junior Golf titles

August 05, 2003|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

The WACO Junior Golf Championships produced a pair of firsts on Monday at Beaver Creek for its two junior golf champions.

Williamsport's Will Roney won the 18-hole battle and Hagerstown's Larry Bishop won the 9-hole flight. In each case, it was the first type of tournament victory for either player.

Roney, who also is a veteran of basketball and baseball competition and will be a senior at Williamsport High School, carded a 39-39-78 to edge Nick Zaccaria (38-41-79) by one stroke.

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Two groups ahead of Zaccaria, a birdie on 18 by Roney proved to be the difference in the outcome.

Roney hit a strong 2-iron off the tee and lofted a 9-iron from 150 yards out to within 15 feet of the cup on the par-4 finishing hole. Roney hit the birdie, his second of the day after one on the eighth hole.

"I was third here last year, but this is the first tournament I've won anything," Roney said. "I played pretty well. I hit good drives and was hitting the greens in regulation. My putting could have been better."

Except on 18.

Bishop, who will be a freshman at South Hagerstown, shot a 51 on the back nine, one stroke better than Robert Whittington.

"I thought I played pretty well," the 14-year-old Bishop said. "I've been finishing tournaments good but never have been able to win."

Roney, Zaccaria and third-place finisher Steve Young (43-40-83) each received $500 scholarship awards, while Bishop and other top 9-hole finishers won pro shop gift certificates.

Zaccaria was also named winner of the 2003 Henry Zimmerman Sportsmanship Award, which exemplifies young golfers helping others.

"This awards means more than winning a tournament," Zaccaria said.

The 20th annual WACO festivities continue today with the Media Tournament, followed Wednesday with the Pro-Am Tournament, Thursday's Chi-Chi's Shootout and Friday's Long-Drive competition, all leading up to the WACO Championship Saturday and Sunday

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