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Saegertown’s Chris Schlosser lines up a putt during Tuesday’s District 10 championship tournament at Grove City Country Club. Schlosser was the lone golfer from the area to earn a trip the PIAA West Regional. He shot a 3-over-par 75.

GROVE CITY — With 76 total golfers and 20 of those from The Meadville Tribune coverage area, the chances of advancing at least a couple to the new Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Western Regional were looking pretty good.

But when the final foursome handed in their scorecards at the conclusion of the District 10 Tournament on Tuesday, only one of those 20 golfers was left standing.

Saegertown’s Chris Schlosser shot a 75 at Grove City Country Club’s gorgeous 6,672-yard, par-72 golf course to finish in a tie for sixth place.

With his finish, Schlosser also earned one of the district’s eight berths to the PIAA Western Regional to be held Monday at Tom’s Run Golf Course in Blairsville. The top 22 golfers there advance to the state championships Oct. 23 at Heritage Hills Golf Course in York.

“Before the day started, I picked out 75 for the number I felt I had to shoot,” said Schlosser, who finished seven strokes back of the winner, Cathedral Prep’s Gregor Orlando. “I came in at 75. I’m pretty happy to see I made it.”

Schlosser’s good fortune, though, didn’t come without some tense moments as his group was one of the first to check in. In fact, it came down to the final two groups before Schlosser knew his score was good enough.

“I was pretty nervous,” Schlosser said. “But then they started putting 80s up there, and I was breathing a sigh of relief.”

“Eight out of 76 is a great accomplishment,” Saegertown coach Brian Hanley said. “Chris deserves it. He’s a hardworking boy. He’s put his time in.”

Schlosser was one of four golfers representing Saegertown, the two-time Region 4 co-champions. Teammate Rich Trypus finished tied for 15th with a 77. Robbie Trypus fired an 87 with Jake Peiffley carding a 102.

Also locally, Maplewood’s Jared Schmader missed the cutoff by one stroke. Schmader shot a 76 to cap his outstanding high school career, which included a tie for first place during the first day at the state tournament in 2004.

For Lakeview, Darin Hovis fired a 78, followed by Dylan Bertin’s 82 and Jarrett Engstrom’s 84.

Matt Pondel led Titusville with a 78, while teammates Ross Pringle and Kevin Aultz shot 80 and 85, respectively.

Cambridge Springs’ Chris Young shot an 82. Austin Kulig-Kort fired an 86 and Corey Hobson shot a 93 for the Blue Devils.

Mike Licsinski paced Meadville with an 81 with fellow Bulldogs J.D. Hanaway shooting an 88 and Derek Cowan an 89.

Union City’s Adam Williams (86), Linesville’s Garrett Kimple (91) and General McLane’s Jessie Yates (84) rounded out the local finishers.

Joining Schlosser and Orlando at regionals will be Grove City’s Cameron Peterson (70) and Derek Forese (72), Kennedy Catholic’s Pat Mastrian (74) and Matt Rossi (74), Corry’s Greg Gurdak (75) and Kennedy Catholic’s Dave Hutchinson (75). Of those golfers, six played on the course Saturday for the District 10 team championships. In fact, nine of the top 13 finishers played on the course just three days prior.



Lisa Byers can be reached at 724-6370, ext. 277 or by e-mail at lbyers@meadvilletribune.com.

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