Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Diocesan Golfers Fair Well at District 3 Tournament

Delone Catholic’s Kat Keller, left, and York Catholic’s Olivia Kury, right, with their silver and bronze medals in the District 3 Class 2A golf championship.
Delone Catholic’s Kat Keller, left, and York Catholic’s Olivia Kury, right, with their silver and bronze medals in the District 3 Class 2A golf championship.

Briarwood Golf Course played host to the 2023 Class 2A District 3 golf championships this year on October 6 and 7. The 36-hole tourney pits some 80 golfers district-wide to the public course that features sloped, quick-paced greens that can be attacked given the wide-open nature of the course, tucked in along Route 30 in Thomasville, west of York. It also seems to create a visible crucible of pressure for young players who are trying their hardest to win a prestigious crown.

No male player from Diocesan schools challenged for the lead, but Trinity junior Ryan Long did finish 13th with solid low-80s scores. Given day-two featured a steady, wide-driven rain that made the track wet and long, Long’s performance signals Trinity’s opportunity for future success given their roster is loaded with underclassman.

Delone Catholic, who last year captured the District 3 team championship, defended well, but came behind a solid Tuplehocken Trojans and Pequea Valley Braves squads to finish third.

The individual championship on the girls’ side featured players familiar with championship golf experience at the highest level. Four Diocesan golfers were in the top-five spots. Delone Catholic’s Kat Keller and York Catholic’s Olivia Kury finished second and third respectively and both golfers had a chance to catch Hamburg’s long-ball bomber Erica Gerner for the gold, but back-nine miscues on the tricky Briarwood par-threes derailed their chances. After Gerner nervously triple-bogeyed the short par-four 13th hole by dumping a couple of bunker shots, the door was open for both players. But the par-three 14th hole, a short, relatively benign hole, cost leader Kury, who sailed the green with her tee shot and never could stop the figurative bleeding from over the green. Making six there sunk Kury’s chance to win gold.

Both Keller and Kury easily qualified for the PIAA state tournament, where their experience should lead to good play at Penn State University’s golf courses next week. Coming in fifth place was Trinity’s sophomore Addyson Hoover, who missed a state berth by only two strokes to Lancaster Catholic’s seasoned Savannah Miller, who nabbed the last PIAA spot by edging out Hoover.

By Chris Heisey, The Catholic Witness

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