P-O boys finish second at Mountain League Championships|
Thursday, October 04, 2012
By Andy Stine Sports Writer
ROARING SPRING - The difference between the Clearfield and Philipsburg-Osceola boys golf teams are like night and day.
The Mounties have a senior-laden group with plenty of experience, while the Bison have several new members to the team that are playing their first season of competitive golf. It's easy to see why their respective coaches are happy with their performance at the 6th annual Mountain League Championships.
P-O shot a 261 on the day and came in second place, while Clearfield carded a 290 and finished in fifth place. Central, the defending league champions, claimed the title again with a 239 on Wednesday afternoon at Iron Masters Country Club.
"That was probably our best showing at this league meet," said Mountie head coach Tracy Vipond. "That's some really good scores."
"I'm really happy with that score for these guys because three of them have never played this course before," said Clearfield head coach Chad Gearhart. "Overall, that's the kind of consistency that I like to see, especially to start to build for next year."
P-O's Andrew Reifer provided the lowest round of the day from area players. Reifer shot a round of 85, which was good for the fifth best individual score in the meet. Reifer also qualified for the district tournament yesterday at the sectional tournament.
"He played in some tough conditions yesterday at districts and shot an 89 and made it," said Vipond. "His 85 today was pretty solid, too."
Jon Sauber produced a stellar round with an 87. The Mountie senior had five pars and two birdies on back-to-back holes. His first came on hole No. 3, a 153-yard par-3, while the other came on the par-4 from 424 yards out on the fourth hole.
Eric Nartatez (89) and Ben Sinclair (133) rounded out the action for the Mounties.
Several of the Clearfield golfers also put up impressive rounds. Kerry Maines provided the low score for the Bison with a 94, despite only earning two pars. Ricky Clark, Brandon Orsich and Shae Bishop all shot a 98. Orsich had the only birdie out of the group on a par-3 from 149 yards out on hole No. 13.
"I'm trying to stress to the kids to go out and stay away from the big numbers," said Gearhart. "Try to get your pars and see if your birdies fall. If they come, that's great. If they don't, get that solid par and keep moving on."
Clearfield has no events scheduled for the rest of the season, but will do an inter-squad Ryder Cup match. The competition is similar to the popular United States-Europe match that takes place every two years.
"Overall for the year, as inexperienced as we were, we gained a lot of experience and I'm really looking forward to next year with these guys," said Gearhart.
The Mounties are also finished for the season.
Tyrone's Gregory Ferguson had the low round of the day with a 74. He was followed by Central's Jarrett Ritchey (75) in second place. Ritchey's teammates Preston Gregg and Ben Brumbaugh tied for third place with an 82.
Bellefonte came in third place with a team score of 265. Tyrone (280) claimed fourth place, while Penns Valley (322) and Huntingdon (347) rounded out the team scores.
Jarrett Ritchey 75, Preston Gregg 82, Ben Brumbaugh 82. Other: Matt Dillon 92.
Andrew Reifer 85, Jon Sauber 87, Eric Nartatez 89. Other: Ben Sinclair 133.
Ethan White 86, Tom Urban 89, Darren Heeman 90. Other: Lyons Hinton 98.
Gregory Ferguson 74, Elijah DeHaven 97, Sean McGovern 109. Other: Steven Lucas 121.
Kerry Maines 94, Ricky Clark 98, Brandon Orsich 98. Other: Shae Bishop 98.
Jared Taylor 98, Jared Mothersbaugh 108, Andy Pisano 116. Other: Tyler Boob 120.
Kayla Handy 103, Hannah Thompson 122, Lane Wilson 122. Other: Matt Bair 129.