Several locals will have impact on college teams

The following is a roundup of local students who will be competing on their respective college golf teams during the upcoming year.

Jimmy Ferguson: Ferguson will be competing as a junior for the St. Francis Red Flash this year.

The Tyrone Area High School graduate tied for first place in last year’s MAC Invitational after shooting a 73. He also took second place in the PSU Altoona Invitational with a score of 74. Ferguson will help lead the St. Francis squad when they open their season at the Blue Devils Fall Invitational in New Britain, Ct. on Sept. 7.

Gregory Ferguson: He will be joining his older brother as a freshman on coach Derek Tyson’s St Francis golf team. Ferguson graduated in the spring from Tyrone as a three-time Mirror first-team all-star. Last year he shot a career-low 67 in a four-team high school match at Iron Masters. Ferguson’s high school highlights also include a playoff victory last fall in the Wildcat Invitational at Tom’s Run in Blairsville and a win at the Mountain League Individual Championship with a score of 74.

Connor Garrity: A Hollidaysburg Area graduate, Garrity completed a successful sophomore season as St. Joseph University’s top golfer with an average score of 76.5. His best finish last year was a tie for 20th at the annual Navy Fall Invitational in Annapolis. Garrity will begin his season on Sept. 7 as the Hawks open up again at the Navy Invitational.

Jordan Kirsch: Kirsch capped off a successful senior year at Hollidaysburg Area High School as the golf team’s leading scorer. He continued his great play over the summer by winning six Tri-State PGA Junior events and earning Player of the Year honors for this highly rated junior series.

Kirsch will be attending Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania this fall where he’ll be a member of the school’s golf squad. Messiah competes in the Middle Atlantic Conference and will open their season at the Messiah Fall Classic held at the Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton.

Dylan Link: The former Bishop Carroll student and Summit Country Club member is entering his junior year at Mount Aloysius College. Link finished his sophomore season in style by finishing first in the Thiel College Invitational in April. Last October he was named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Week after top finishes in the Westminster Invitational and D’Youville Spartan Shootout.

Meghan Love: Love will be entering her junior year for Grove City College as a member of the women’s Wolverine golf team. She helped Grove City capture the President’s Athletic Conference championship in April and finished the competition at Cedarbrook Golf Club in Belle Vernon in 13th place. Grove City will open its golf season against Houghton College on Sept. 7.

Michael Macionsky: The Hollidaysburg alum will be finishing his college career as a senior this year at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Last year Macionsky led the Mountain Cats with a 36-hole total of 148 at the WVIAC Central Regional tournament. He also finished tied for eighth place at the season ending WVIAC Conference Championship at Glade Springs Resort in Daniels, W.Va.

Penn State Altoona: Head coach Greg Ferguson will lead his Penn State Altoona golf team into play in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference on Sept. 8 at the Mount Aloysius College Invitational in Ebensburg.

Among 11 hopefuls competing for a spot on the team are local high school students: Ethan DeVore (Juniata Valley), Brock Dillon (Central), Matt Dillon (Central) and Brad Swindell (Everett ).

PSU Altoona has captured five Allegheny Mountain Conference championships in the past 10 years.