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Despite three bogeys and a double-bogey, Chris Schlosser posted a 2-over-par 74 at the par-72 Country Club on Monday to win the Region 4 District 10 qualifier.

Get it close, then get it in. That’s how Saegertown’s Chris Schlosser bagged a 2-over-par 74 to lead the rest of the pack at the Region 4 District 10 qualifying round, held Monday at the Meadville Country Club.

“I wasn’t putting real well,” said Schlosser. “Nothing fell all day. The greens were aerated, they were kind of bumpy. It was slow, too. I didn’t make anything, really, outside of 10 feet.”

That still didn’t stop Schlosser from posting three birdies during the round. However, three bogeys on the back nine and a four-putt double-bogey on No. 4 left him at two-over. Schlosser nearly got his score down to 71, lipping out a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 18.

“It was a fun day,” said Schlosser. “I got to play with a teammate and another kid I knew pretty well. We had fun out there.”

The top 14 golfers at the tournament advance to District 10 Boys Individual Tournament, which will be held on Oct. 10 at the Grove City Country Club.

Schlosser will be joined at that tournament by three other Panther teammates that made the cut at yesterday’s qualifier.

Robbie Trypus took third at the event, scoring an 81. Rich Trypus finished with an 82, tied for fifth with Cambridge Springs’ Corey Hobson. Finally, the Panthers’ Jake Peiffley shot an 83 to tie for seventh place with Fairview’s Matt Slezak.

“I was pleased,” said Saegertown coach Brian Hanley. “We had four qualify, that’s what I was expecting, at least that many.

“I always like to guess what they score, I write it down. And I pretty much guessed it, score for score. The only one I was really off on was I picked on kid to shoot and 80 and he shot an 82.”

Taking second at yesterday’s tournament was Cambridge Springs’ Chris Young, who fired a 6-over 78 after scoring par through his final seven holes.

“I played better on the back nine than I did on the front,” said Young. “On the front I missed a couple putts I needed to make. But on the back I turned it around.”

As a team, Cambridge advanced three to the tournament, including Young, Hobson and Austin Kulig-Kort, who tied for 12th with a score of 85.

“Not too bad,” said Cambridge Springs coach Larry Shreffler. “We had a few guys qualify. (Young) has been playing well all along this season. Our No. 5 guy (Hobson) that was a pleasant surprise. He kept the ball in play. He didn’t get in trouble, which is what you have to do out here.”

Three other locals advanced to the district tournament after finishing tied for ninth place with rounds of 84. They include Jamestown’s Steven Brown, Linesville’s Garrett Kimple and Fairview’s Lucas Sauer.

The 14-man cutoff ended at 86, where three were tied, including Girard’s Matt Droll, Fairview’s Alex Zeigler and Linesville’s Josh Loutzenhiser.

All three parred the No. 1 hole to begin the playoff round. On Hole No. 2, Loutzenhiser went out of bounds and then lost his fourth shot in the high grass, which led him to concede the hole. Droll and Zeigler each finished No. 2 at par, taking the playoff to a third hole. There, Zeigler lost his third shot in the high grass and had to take a drop. That allowed Droll to sink a bogey putt to take the 14th spot and move onto districts.



Pete Chiodo can be reached at 724-6370 ext. 275 or by e-mail at pchiodo@meadvilletribune.com.

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