Prep Golf notes - Pa. District 3 tourney approaches

October 03, 2003|by TIM KOELBLE

Pennsylvania golfers take the next step toward reaching the state championships Oct. 20-21 when the District 3 tournament tees off next weekend.

Individuals qualified through their performance at the Mid-Penn Tournament, while Chambersburg's team title qualified the Trojans for districts. From next Friday's expected field of around 120 golfers, 36 will make the cut and move on to the second round Saturday.

Area golfers heading to districts include Andrew Burke and Clayton Rotz of Chambersburg, Kevin Reiber and Chad Bricker of Waynesboro and Cole Hostler of James Buchanan.


In girls competition, Krista Tressler of Chambersburg and Jess Vance of James Buchanan move on.

Joining Burke and Rotz as part of Chambersburg's Mid-Penn-winning team are Scott Kegerreis and Chas Rahauser. The Trojans will face York, Lancaster-Lebanon, Tri-Valley and the Commonwealth Christian Conference champion in the team competition.

In his fifth year as coach at Chambersburg, Mark Yost has always had one good golfer yearly, most recently Matt Graham.

"He (Matt) always went to the state, but this year I've two (Burke and Rotz) that could make it, plus a strong team overall," Yost said.

Burke and Rotz (who tied for medalist honors in the Mid-Penn with 75s), along with Kegerreis and Rahauser, provide Chambersburg with potential this season and in the future. All are juniors except for the freshman Rotz along with junior Darryn DeShong, who missed individual qualifying.

"Andrew is not just a good golfer, he is a competitor," Yost said, noting Burke's other abilities as an outstanding baseball player. "And in Rotz, he is a freshman by age but has gotten a lot of exposure."

With a prep golf season that is short by scheduling standards, Yost doesn't have time as a coach to tinker with one's golf swing.

"They have to get to the dance with what they have and that is fundamentals," Yost said. "We have kids that are confident and have the ability. With what they have shown who knows what will happen."

Yost is also pleased with the improved play of Tressler, who shot 91 and was third in the girls competition.

Waynesboro coach Ryan Henderson said Reiber had an "uncharacteristic type of round," by not scoring well on some reachable par 5s. Nonetheless, Reiber will also be one of the favorites from the area to move on.

Bricker, however, has elected to forego district play due to a commitment in the Buick Scramble in Orland, Fla., which begins Thursday.

James Buchanan's pair of Hostler and Vance shot 81 and 97 respectively to move on to districts.

Walkersville on a roll

Walkersville continues to dominate team competition after winning the Frederick County Tournament earlier this week at Clustered Spires in Frederick, following up on its Class 2A/1A team title in the district outing at Black Rock.

Josh Williford shot a 76 to head the Lions, who also received strong play from Jim Polino and Bryan Abbamonte with 78s and Chris Hannigan with an 80.

Frederick's Chris Clipp had a 1-over-par 73 to finish second behind Myles Vlachos of Urbana, while Brunswick's Joe Hafner had a 75 and Thomas Johnson's Chase Keller posted a 76.

The 19th hole

Mark Hammond, a sophomore at St. John's at Prospect Hall, had two very good outings in competition recently, posting a 1-over-par 37 from the tips at Whiskey Creek in Ijamsville, Md., and a 2-over-par at Musket Ridge in Myersville, Md. ... Boonsboro's Nick Zaccaria, who qualified for the Maryland state tournament, has improved his scoring of late and is nearing the 40-stroke average per nine holes ... Williford, with his strong outings of late, has gone under 40 with a 39.3 stroke average for the season ... Catoctin's Derrick Thompson has also gone under with a 39.4 average.

Statistics note

All Tri-State area coaches are asked to submit their player averages as the season winds down, exclusive of post-season activity. Scoring averages may be submitted via fax at 301-714-0245 or e-mail to:

Our final golf prep notes will be in two weeks and coaches are reminded that All-County and All-Area nominations and selections will be forthcoming.

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