Area golfers take aim in PIAA District 3

October 12, 2007|By TIM KOELBLE

Chambersburg has plenty of representation in the PIAA District 3 golf tournament today and Saturday with a good chance at advancing to the regionals on Monday.

Coach Mark Yost will have eight players tee it up today at Briarwood Golf Club in York, Pa., in the first of two rounds. He has six boys - Nick Tornetta, Tyler Straub, Calvin Mentzer, Kyle Kegerreis, Scott Levy and Ryan Coccagna - looking for spots in the top 18. Kacy Straub and Mallory Cortis will be in the girls division seeking top-nine finishes to claim a spot in the regionals at Golden Oaks in Fleetwood.

"Any one of them are capable of doing something good," Yost said last week following the Mid-Penn Conference tournament.

Straub has the top 9-hole average in the Tri-State at 37.2 and Tornetta is right behind at 37.4. Levy, a district qualifier the past two years playing at Cumberland Valley Christian, shot a 74 to finish second in the Mid-Penn tourney. Coccagna and Straub will both compete in their second district tournament.


However, it could be another Straub who threatens for a district title. Kacy Straub is playing good golf at the right time of the year, having shot a 77 at the Mid-Penn - giving her a positive feeling going against Waynesboro's big threat, Liz Breed.

Breed has improved tremendously from her freshman year and averaged around 81 in her 18-hole matches.

While Chambersburg dominates the entries, not to be forgotten is Waynesboro's junior tandem of Derek Baker and Alec Kessler, each making their second district appearance.

Baker has the third-best Tri-State average at 37.5 and Kessler's consistency has resulted in a 38.3 average. Baker, who shot an 80 while under the weather at the conference tournament, has a season-low 69 to his credit.

Greencastle's Austin Dunhour is the lone representative for the Blue Devils.

The boys will compete on the East Course and the girls on the West Course at Briarwood. Play begins today at 10 a.m. The top 40 boys and top 12 girls move on to action Saturday.

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