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Elite eight take their shot at state glory

October 19, 2007|By TIM KOELBLE

Eight golfers are left with aspirations of an individual state championship next week when Pennsylvania and Maryland bring down the curtain on the season.

On Monday and Tuesday, three of them will test Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York, Pa. - Kacy Straub and Nick Tornetta of Chambersburg and Liz Breed of Waynesboro.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, five players will tee it up at The University of Maryland Golf Course in College Park - Haeun Lee of Smithsburg, Andrew Duff and Dustin Starliper of Williamsport and Tyler Fairley and Becky Gossard of North Hagerstown, each competing in 2A/1A.

The potential for the Tri-State area to have two girls champions is high.

Straub and Breed, both sophomores, have been instrumental for their respective teams during the prep season.

Straub turned up the heat with a 72 to finish second in the East Regional on Monday. Breed, after winning District 3, managed a 79 in the regional to survive at the cut line.

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"(Kacy) doesn't hit it as far as everyone else but she is accurate and never in trouble," said Chambersburg coach Mark Yost. "She is a talented girl that got it going at regionals. She had a nice day. It's not like we didn't know she could do it. She's coming along at the right time."

Breed has improved drastically from her freshman campaign, and it started this summer when she won the age 14-15 championship in the Tri-State Junior Golf Association, shooting a career-best 72.

"We talked before the district and I told Liz, 'You're a sophomore with no pressure and no expectations on you,'" said Waynesboro coach Ryan Henderson. "I really think she has as good a chance as anyone else."

Straub and Breed will be challenged by Unionville's Alexis Holmes, who shot a 71 at the East Regional, Lynda Kwon of North Penn and Jasmine Hughes of Pennsbury out of the East, and Nadia Luttner and Rachel Rohanna of Waynesburg out of the West. Rohanna is the younger sister of Penn State star Robert Rohanna.

Tornetta had to endure the pressure of a playoff, where he sank a birdie to clinch a spot after shooting a 77 in the boys tournament.

"Nick has as good a chance as anyone else," said Yost. "He's had success in local tournaments and he answered the pressure in the playoff."

However, Tornetta must go against the likes of defending champion Robert Galbreath of Lower Moreland and Hollidaysburg's dynamic pair of Sean Brannan and Anthony DeGol, who both shot 69 in the regionals.

The other major threat among the girls is Smithsburg sophomore Haeun Lee, who has been a major force on the local scene, beginning with success in the Washington County Juniors and Junior Masters. Lee was second in the WACO Juniors final and she beat the field in the Junior Masters.

"The only thing I see that might trouble (Haeun) is being on Bermuda grass," said Smithsburg coach Dan Neff. "Her short game has been getting so much better."

Lee already has two practice rounds at College Park under her belt.

"Once she gets used to the course setup and bounces, she will be a shot-maker," said Neff. "The key is going to be keeping the ball below the pin on those greens."

Duff will be making his second state appearance and leads all Washington County boys with a 9-hole average of 38.6.

GOLF SCORING AVERAGES

Thru Oct. 18

Player, School Rds. Avg.

Tyler Straub, Chambersburg 22 37.6

Nick Tornetta, Chambersburg 20 37.7

Haeun Lee, Smithsburg 12 38.3

Alec Kessler, Waynesboro 23 38.2

Derek Baker, Waynesboro 17 38.5

Andrew Duff, Williamsport 13 38.6

Ryan Coccagna, Chambersburg 20 39.2

Scott Levy, Chambersburg 14 39.8

Calvin Mentzer, Chambersburg 20 39.9

Kyle Kegerreis, Chambersburg 16 39.9

Justin Stambaugh, Jefferson 13 40.0

Liz Breed, Waynesboro 23 40.0

Jonathan Blubaugh,, Waynesboro 15 41.1

Austin Dunhour, Greencastle 14 41.2

Jamie Phillips, St. James 6 41.3

Chris Bushey, Smithsburg 12 41.5

Tyler Fairley, North Hagerstown 13 41.6

Jake Yoder, Martinsburg 18 41.8

Brad Beebe, Martinsburg 11 41.8

Shane Wollaston, Greencastle 16 41.8

Kacy Straub, Chambersburg 16 42.0

Dustin Starliper, Williamsport 13 42.1

Robbie Suddith, South Hagerstown 14 42.2

Andrew Mueller, South Hagerstown 14 42.3

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