When Meadville golf coach Fred Garvey received a fist pump from junior Kyle Luben after the sixth hole, the Bulldogs’ mentor had an inkling it was going to be a ‘Dog day.
Led by Luben’s 75, all four Bulldog golfers (Zack Ford, Charlie Holt and Matt Burchard are the others) qualified for today’s second-round of the District 10 Class AAA individual tournament at The Country Club.
The second round of the individual tournament coincides with the team tournament today. Both competitions start at 10 a.m.
The Bulldogs have half of the individual Class AAA qualifiers as only eight golfers advanced to today’s competition. Only the top two golfers will advance to the PIAA Western Regional.
Obviously, Garvey is ecstatic with all four of his golfers advancing.
“Having four of the eight qualifiers is great,” he said. “The conditions were tough ... the wind, the rain. All we wanted was a chance and we have a four chances.”
Surprisingly, Garvey’s top two golfers (Ford and Holt) didn’t shoot their normal scores as Holt carded an 80 and Ford finished with an 83. Burchard shot an 82.
“Both Zack and Charlie aren’t happy right now and I expect them to bounce back (today),” said Garvey. “As I said, the conditions were tough out there, and I think that is why Zack and Charlie didn’t play as well as they are capable of.”
Luben didn’t allow the conditions to effect his play.
“I wasn’t with Kyle, but I heard he played extremely well,” said Garvey. “He is a such a grinder. He has that wrestling mentality. When he gave me that fist pump, I knew he was on his game.”
Luben’s 75 was second to Cathedral Prep Ryan Podufal’s 74.
Palutro leads way in Class AA
Lakeview’s Chris Palutro was on top after the first round of the District 10 Class AA Individual Tournament.
Palutro fired an 81 and was one stroke ahead of Hickory’s Bill Colbert.
Nick Yaple was the only golfer to qualify for the individual tournament from Union City, but the junior did not advance to the second day. Yaple fired a first round 100, missing the cut by 11 strokes.
Sada, Peters advance
“Thank God, we have a couple mudders,” said Saegertown coach Brian Hanley after finding out his players Jake Sada and Ryan Peters advanced to the second round in the District 10 Class AA individual tournament.
Sada and Peters shot 87 and 88, respectively.
Hanley also addressed the weather conditions.
“Today’s conditions are why we practice in the rain a lot,” he said. “A lot of golfers don’t like to play in the rain, but I make our players do it.”
Sada and Peters will be competing against 13 other qualifiers.
“Jake and Ryan know the course and the greens, which is an added advantage,” said Hanley. “The forecast appears to be the same on Saturday, and honestly, I like our mudders’ chances.”
Rockets’ ‘M&M’ make cut
Titusville coach Tim McCord’s expectations rang true: Matt McCord and Eric Maginnis made the District 10 Class AA individual cut.
McCord shot an 84 and Maginnis advanced with an 86.
“I expected both kids to advance,” said McCord.
He also touched on the tough playing conditions: “This is such an exceptionally tough golf course and then you add the wind ... add the rain ... it was tough for these golfers.
“But, hey, we’re from Titusville and we are used to these conditions. Both Matt and Eric are mentally tough.”
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