Altoona junior golfer takes 28th at states
YORK — Altoona Area High School junior Trent Meyers shot a 7-over-par 78 on Tuesday in the PIAA Class 3A Individual Boys Golf Championships at Heritage Hills Golf Resort.
Meyers was in a tie for first place at 2-under par after eight holes and stayed in medal contention (top 10) for most of the afternoon. However, he lost four strokes with an 8 on the par-4 18th hole and finished in a tie for 28th overall in a field of 72 golfers.
Meyers was the first Altoona golfer to qualify for states in 25 years.
Downingtown West’s Nick Gross won the title by winning a playoff over North Pocono’s Billy Pabst after both shot minus-2 69s. Lower Merion’s Sydney Yermish won the Class 3A girls’ title with a 4-under-par 68.
CLASS 3A BOYS
1, Gross, Downingtown West, 69; 2, Pabst, North Pocono, 69; 3, Sanderson, Holy Ghost Prep, 70; 4, (tie), Feeney, West Chester Rustin; Eli Yofan, Fox Chapel; Nick Turowski, Penn Trafford; Logan Paczewski, Dallas, 72. Others: 28, Meyers, Altoona, 78; 28, Olsen, State College, 78.
CLASS 3A GIRLS
1, Yermish, Lower Merion, 68; 2, Evelyn Wong, Emmaus, 71; 3, Kim, West Chester East, 75; 4, (tie), O’Sullivan, Downingtown East; Lundquist, Central Bucks East, 76. Others: 36, Clute, Bellefonte, 102.
PSU Altoona wins title
BUTLER — After holding a six-shot lead going into the second and final round of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Championships at Butler Country Club, the Penn State Altoona men’s golf team widened the gap on Tuesday to win its sixth AMCC championship in program history by a comfortable margin.
Penn State Altoona shot 321 as a team, a three-shot improvement over the previous day’s score to finish with a two-day team score of 645, besting second place Penn State Behrend by 22 strokes.
The championship win is the program’s first since its victory in 2010, and it is the first Penn State Altoona team of any sport to win an AMCC title since 2017 men’s volleyball.
“It’s been a long 11 years since our last AMCC championship, and this group is proud to regain a gold trophy for our college,” Penn State Altoona coach Tom Koehle said. “It was a tough two days, but we were able to play solid when we needed to and build a comfortable lead down the stretch.”
With its championship title, Penn State Altoona men’s golf earns the automatic bid to compete in the NCAA Division III Golf Championship. The Lions will travel to Mission Inn Resort and Club at Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. to compete in the event on May 10-13.
HOLLIDAYSBURG — The team of Harry Murphy, Carol Laich, Joan Conway and Danene Litz won the Jack & Jill Scramble held at the Sylvan Hills Golf Club.
Finishing second was the team of Gary Zimmerman, Lisa Michelone, Sue Mielnik and Yvonne Gentry. Third-place honors went to Dave Biseli, Sandy Murphy, Denny Madden and Tom Shea. The team of Dave McCoy, Paul Conway, Linda Wise and Karen Duffet was fourth.
The winner of the Butch Focht Senior League event was the team of Dave Biseli, Zimmerman and Tom Shea, who finished ahead of Pat Dunn, Jim Brown, Rob Gray and Carl Lear. Third-place honors were earned by Sen Thach, Lynn Perry, Steve Downing and Bill Clampet.
LORETTO — The team of Roger Walkovich, Ed Carmel, Tom Gach and Jerry Conrad won the 2021 Immergrun Golf Club Closing Scramble with a 60.
Finishing second was the team of Sam Quinn, Patrick Quinn, Joe Kos and T.J. Delic, followed by Jim Gority, Bill Olewiler, Richard Olewiler and Dave Lloyd. The fourth-place team was made up of Richard Kochinsky, Darrell Benz, George Boyles and Rich Buchanan.