Lehman finishes second at D-9 Golf Championships|
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
By Bryan Swan For The Progress
BROOKVILLE - The stakes were high during Monday's District 9 Girls Golf Championship at Pinecrest Country Club with only a handful of participants earning a spot into the PIAA Western Regional Tournament.
Although neither Curwensville nor Clearfield placed a qualifier, each was well represented by its golfers.
Clearfield's Jordan Lehman finished as the runner-up in Class AAA. The junior carded a 93, nine strokes behind Bradford's Kate Colella, who won the title by posting the day's lowest round with an 84.
Colella went 6-over on both the front and back nine. The Bradford junior started on No. 2 where she took a 7 on the par-3. However, she was able to recover, making par on nine of the next 13 holes, including a run of three straight beginning on No. 10 and five of six during the back nine.
Meanwhile, Curwensville's Heather Thorp and Julia Test each enjoyed steady rounds in the AA Tournament.
Thorp tied Brookville's Elaina Powell for sixth with a 115, while Test was right behind with a 117, which tied her with Brockway's Hailey Adams and Cranberry's Haley Whitman for eighth.
Keystone freshman Amber Hess led all AA competitors with an 85 to beat out last year's runner-up, Elk County Catholic's Kristy Hanes by three strokes. Kane's Kyla Hoag took third with a 92 and Oswayo Valley's Bailey Kemp claimed the final spot to regionals with a 98.
The top four Class AA finishers as well as the Class AAA champion advanced to the PIAA Western Regional Tournament scheduled for Oct. 15 at Toms Run Golf Course in Blairsville.
For Lehman, she improved on last year's performance when she finished 10th overall in the district, shooting a 110 at Kane Country Club as a sophomore.
Lehman started the morning with a par on No. 18. The front nine included just two more pars on Nos. 3 and 5, but a 10 on the par-5 at No. 7 gave her an 11-over 48. On the back nine, Lehman did three better, ending with a 10-over 45.
Also representing Clearfield in the individual tournament was Dorothy Celli who was eighth overall (156).
"Jordan's always been a little snake bit when it came to districts, and she played very well today," Clearfield head coach Chad Gearhart said "This is probably her best 18 holes in a big tournament, so I'm happy for her and we're going to look forward to next year."
Curwensville head coach Mike Bookhamer had similar praise for his two golfers.
"Heather tied for sixth and Julia tied for eighth, so they were both just out of the running. They shot good scores. I'm very happy. Hopefully next year we'll get back and do a little bit better. Now we know what to expect. A year's experience will do them a world of good."
Both were making their first appearance in the district tournament and each had some ups and downs along the way. Thorp and Test each turned in a 62 on the front. Thorp had a 53 on the back nine and Test posted a 55.
Among two individuals participating from one school, only Cameron County's tandem of Brooke Dunsmore (104) and Delaney Lewis (122) had a better combined score compared to the Lady Tide's 232 from Thorp and Test.
Dunsmore's 104 put her in fifth place overall. She and Lewis teamed with Abby Etchepare (135) and Capri Clark (140) in the team competition, but the Lady Raiders finished second to Brookville, which totaled a 494.
Cameron Country was seven shots behind for second, while Kane took third with a 502 and A-C Valley was fourth with a 510.
In the AAA Team championship, Punxsutawney won its third team title in five years.
Lauren Giavedoni led the Lady Chucks with a 99, good for third-best among the eight Class AAA competitors. Rounding out the scoring was Caroline Dunkel (104), Audrianna Delacour (118) and Sarah London (145), who combined to total a 466 to beat Bradford, the only other team that was eligible for the team championship.
Results Class AA
AC - A-C Valley, BW - Brockway, BV - Brookville, CC - Cameron County, C - Clarion, CR - Cranberry, CU - Curwensville, ECC - Elk County Catholic, K - Kane, KE - Keystone, M - Moniteau, OV - Oswayo Valley, PA - Port Allegany, RBV - Redbank Valley, R - Ridgway, S - Smethport.
1. Brookville 494; 2. Cameron County 501; 3. Kane 502; 4. A-C Valley 510.
1. Amber Hess, KE, 85; 2. Kristy Hanes, ECC, 88; 3. Kyla Hoag, K, 92 4. Bailey Kemp, OV, 98.
Missed the Cut
5. Brooke Dunsmore, CC, 104; 6(t). Elaina Powell, BV,115; 6(t). Heather Thorp, CU, 115; 8(t). Hailey Adams, BW, 117; 8(t). Julia Test, CU , 117; 8(t). Haley Whitman, CR , 117; 11(t). Claire Saylor, C,121; 11(t). Laura Alfieri, S, 121; 3(t). Lexis Twentier, AC, 122; 13(t). Delaney Lewis, CC, 122;15. Aleisha Fowler, M,124; 16. Anna Dukovich, RBV,126;17. Debbie Andrus, PA,131;18(t). Taylor Cappetta, BW, 132; 18(t). Carina Burns, C,132; 20. Kelsey Heinrich, BV,135; 21. Logan Feronti, R, 139; 22. Lydia Thompson, AC, 141; 23. Ellie Tunall, K,145; 24. Samantha Caroline, R, 226.
B - Bradford, C - Clearfield, D - DuBois, P - Punxsutawney.
1. Punxsutawney 466; 2. Bradford 477.
1. Kate Colella, B, 84.
Missed the Cut
2. Jordan Lehman, C, 93; 3. Lauren Giavedoni, P, 99; 4. Katie DeAngelo, D,115; 5. Audrianna Delacour, P, 118; 6. Erin Pecora, B, 137; 7. Carleen Long, D, 141; 8. Dorothy Celli, C, 156.