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Rotz knows exactly where he wants to go

Rotz knows exactly where he wants to go

September 23, 2005|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

For several years, Kevin Reiber, Andrew Burke and others dominated the prep golf scene and while they did, Chambersburg's Clayton Rotz watched them battle tooth and nail.

Now a junior, Rotz has a chance to dominate area golf for the next two years and his current numbers indicate he's doing all he can to do so.

In Mid-Penn Commonwealth matches thus far, Rotz's average score is 69.25, with a season-low 68 two weeks ago.

"There are a lot of good players in the state," said Rotz. "Reiber, Burke, Kyle Davis and others are gone. I've got the capabilities to win the state."

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Rotz said he sets personal goals at the beginning of the year. He's been pretty close to matching all of them.

"Before January or February comes around, I write down my goals," he said. "One was to qualify for the Junior Amateur match play and I missed by two strokes. The other was to quality for the U.S. Amateur and I did that."

Rotz' postseason begins Oct. 4 with the Mid-Penn Conference championship and continues with the PIAA District 3 tournament Oct. 14-15, all with an eye on returning to the state tournament.

"I want to get the Mid-Penn outright and then make it a sweep through the districts," said Rotz.

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