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Mounties top scramble field with 54

Operation Our Town Golf

Philipsburg-Osceola won its first District 6 title since 1983 in 2016 with solid play from golfers like Carter Fischer and Payton Guelich.

Those players have moved on, but the Mounties may be on the verge of another district title with much less of a wait than the last time.

Philipsburg-Osceola topped 34 other boys teams and shot a 54 in a scramble format to win Monday’s Operation Our Town golf outing at Park Hills Golf Club.

“The biggest thing was the experience and offseason preparation,” Philipsburg-Osceola coach Jordan Albright said. “These guys really put in a lot of time this summer practicing and working on their swings and short game. These guys all have a really good short game.”

The Mounties have gotten solid play from Brandon Singer, a freshman on that 2016 team, and veterans Ky Bender and Keegan Soltis, among others.

“There’s such a competitive will,” Albright said. “From No. 1 to No. 10 on the team, every single one of those kids has a competitive drive to get better, and they work their tails off.”

Philipsburg-Osceola has lost just once this fall, and it was missing a starter during that competition.

Though Monday’s format of a scramble tends to unravel into more of a fun event than a competitive environment, P-O’s players took winning it seriously.

“I told the guys, we’re going to go out and have fun, but the goal is to do the best we can and try to win,” Albright said. “There’s going to be some good teams there, but regardless of what the format is, we want to come out and play well.”

For their victory, the Mounties earned $2,500 to run a drug prevention program that is approved by Operation Our Town.

The State College girls also won $2,500, edging the Penn Cambria girls by one stroke.

Rockwood finished as the boys runner-up, four strokes behind Philipsburg.

Altoona, Hollidaysburg and Kiski tied for third after carding a 59 apiece.

“When we first started, we had maybe 10 or 12 teams,” Operation Our Town President Michael Fiore said. “It keeps growing. Once we got the word out and worked with teams on their schedules, it’s now a scheduled event for more teams. We wanted to get all of Central Pennsylvania and get the word out to the kids. The first line of defense is our children. That’s where we put our emphasis. If you can get the word out to the youth, you can prevent them from starting before it becomes an addiction.”

Albright is pleased with his team’s progress but stressed the Mounties still have work to do before districts as they attempt to lock up a Mountain League title in the coming weeks.

“We have to work on on-course situations,” Albright said. “We have to be better on courses we’re unfamiliar with. There can be shots we’re unfamiliar with that we usually don’t see. That’s what we want to work on.”

GIRLS

1, State College 69; 2, Penn Cambria 70; 3, Central Cambria 71; 4, Hollidaysburg 72

BOYS

1, Philipsburg-Osceola 54; 2, Rockwood 58; T-3, Altoona 1 59; T-3, Hollidaysburg 59; T-3, Kiski 1 59; 6, Kiski 2 60; T-7, Mount Union 62; T-7, Penn Cambria 62; T-9, Central Cambria 63; T-9, Bishop McCort 63; T-11, Tyrone 64; T-11, Bedford 1 64; T-11, Somerset 64; T-14, Huntingdon 66; T-14, Forest Hills 1 66; 16, Westmont Hilltop 67; T-17, Conemaugh Township 68; T-17, Central 68; T-19, Bishop Guilfoyle 1 69; T-19, Everett 69; T-19, Chestnut Ridge 69; T-22, Altoona 2 70; T-22, Portage 70; T-22, Conemaugh Valley 70; T-22, Richland 70; T-22, Bishop Guilfoyle 2 70; 27, Bedford 2 72; 28, Bishop McCort 2 73; T-29 Rockwood 2 77; T-29, Forest Hills 2 77; 31, Conemaugh Township 2 80; T-32, Bellwood-Antis 1 82; T-32, Bishop Carroll 82; 34, Bellwood-Antis 2 84; 35, Ferndale 85

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