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Rough starts take their tolls on Pa. golfers

October 27, 2004|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

YORK, Pa. - For the six area golfers competing in Tuesday's second round of the PIAA state golf tournament, Monday's opening deficits proved too large of a gap to overcome at the Heritage Hills Golf Resort.

But while the locals struggled, the five-shot deficit in front of Unionville's Kyle Davis was not big enough as the senior charged way back from an opening-round 74 with a 3-under-par 68 to win the championship with a 36-hole score of even-par 142 over the 6,628-yard layout.

Chambersburg's Chas Rahauser's opening 73 was the closest to the first-round lead held by Maplewood's Jared Schmader and Penn Trafford's Dan Obremski, who each shot 69. Rahauser had a 40 on Tuesday's front nine en route to a 79 that left him in a tie for 22nd place, 10 shots back.

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Waynesboro's Chad Bricker posted the area's best round Tuesday with a 2-over 73 that left him with a 148 in 13th place and six shots behind Davis.

Defending champion Kevin Reiber of Waynesboro, making a bid to become only the sixth multiple state champion since 1935 and the first since 1992, followed up his first-round 77 with a 38-39-77 for 154 and 32nd place.

Chambersburg's Kevin Rotz, starting in a tie for 13th following Monday's 74, skied to an 85 for 159 and 46th; fellow golfer Andrew Burke shot a 76 for a two-day card of 155 and a tie for 33rd place, while Waynesboro's Josh Arendt finished in a tie for 61st with 166 after his 43-42-85.

Reiber shot even-par 71 in Sunday's practice round, but couldn't get untracked come tournament time. He finished each nine with a double bogey.

"I can count on one hand the bad drives I had," he said dejectedly. "This was my worst two-day tournament in more than a year. I had five balls in the hazard, one (out of bounds) and five three-putts for the tournament."

Reiber, who started on the first tee Monday, carded a 40 on the front nine and then claimed "I just couldn't do anything to get untracked for 27 holes. After that 40, I treaded on water the rest of the way."

Bricker said he felt good about his round despite a double bogey on the par-4 16th in his first competitive rounds at Heritage Hills.

"I wanted to come out today and get to even par as quick as I could," said Bricker, who stared the day in 19th place. "I didn't get any birdies early so I just wanted to hang in tough the rest of the way."

Rahauser, who finished Monday's round with two bogeys, became inconsistent after getting off the tee.

"I hit the ball good off the tee, but my short game wasn't (good) and I had way too many three-putts today," Rahauser said. "And when the wind was up, I didn't control knockdown shots."

Burke tallied a 1-over 36 over his first nine holes but troubles on the greens took their toll resulting in a 40, losing three shots to par on the two par 5s.

"These greens ... they were like rollercoasters," Burke said. "You just couldn't read enough break in them."

Rotz, a sophomore that will likely get more state tournament experience as Chambersburg's No. 1 player next year, played well for his final 16 holes after an unfortunate experience on the 2nd hole, a 492-yard par 5 when he hit two shots out of bounds and three-putted for a 10.

Obremski shot 77 and Schmader had 82 while playing with the first-round lead. Spring Grove's Mike Magalski made a charge with a 68 to follow up his 76 and was the leader in the clubhouse until Davis matched the 68.

"The difference today and yesterday was on the greens. ... I made putts today," Davis said.

Note: Reiber was attempting to join a list of multiple winners that includes some recognizable names. The list includes Latrobe's Arnold Palmer (1946-47) and Lower Merion's Jay Sigel (1960-61), who went on to win the U.S. Ameteur. Other tournament winners are Manheim Township's Jim Furyk (1987) and Hanover Area's Ted Tryba (1983). The only other PIAA champion from the area was Waynesboro's Ted McKenzie, who was a co-champion with Jack Vernocy of Moon Township in 1957.

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