The District 10 championship season opens today as the top golfers from the district meet at The Country Club. Things get started with the girls’ individual first round and team championships today. The boys’ first round and team championships take place on Friday and the individual final round for both boys and girls will tee-off on Saturday.
Today’s and Friday’s action commences at 10 a.m. while the final rounds on Saturday will begin at 9:30 a.m.
In the Girls’ Class 3A final, McDowell and Meadville etch another chapter in their rivalry. In 2018, McDowell beat Meadville 259-326 to win the team title. The Trojans are led once again by Zoey McClain and Natalie Brosig. McClain won last year’s individual title with a 151 overall. Brosig took silver with a 159.
For Meadville, Lauren DeArment, Gianna Petrarca and Bella McEnroe all look to improve on their performances last season. DeArment placed fourth with a 208 while Petrarca had a 223 and McEnroe shot a 229.
Phoebe Templin and Krysta Germanoski hope to make their marks as they compete in the district finals for the first time.
In Class 2A, Hickory and Villa Maria battle for the team finals while North East’s Lydia Swan hopes to defend her title.
Meanwhile four golfers from Conneaut Area are vying to move on to regionals in the individual tournament.
Maggie Battles, Bella Vennare and Julianna Jacobs return to districts while Allison Simonetta makes her first appearance in the tournament.
Battles (165), Vennare (169) and Jacobs (140) all missed the cut last year and hope for some improvements this time around.
On Friday, the boys tournament opens up with a pair of Bulldogs competing in the Class 3A group. Ryan Ferry finished as the runner-up after a two-round final of 145. He was beaten by Cathedral Prep’s Patrick Kelly, who’s since graduated. Ferry made it all the way to a 16th place finish at states last year.
Joining Ferry in the tournament is fellow Bulldog Michael Mahoney, who’s making his first appearance at districts.
Cathedral Prep and McDowell will battle for the team title.
In Class 2A, both Lakeview and Saegertown will compete for the team title with Grove City, Corry and Fairview.
Lakeview, which placed third last year, is led by Brett Beith along with Nate McIntire, Cameron McFeely, Anthony Grim and Cody Miller.
Beith finished with a 166 overall last season and moved on to regionals via playoff. McIntire missed the cut a year ago after a round of 93.
Saegertown hopes to improve on a fourth place finish and matches up with Dylan Flinchbaugh, Nick Archacki, Andy Hasychak, Carson Jones and Max Fuller.
The Panthers are without last season’s runner-up Will Phelan. Flinchbaugh missed the cut in 2018 with a 93.
There are also five more local players hoping to make some noise in the individual competition. Conneaut’s Alex Wiles placed 11th last season with a 169, just three back of the final spots for regionals. He’s joined from the Eagles by Jordan Vaughn, who missed the cut with a 99 a year ago.
Union City also sends a pair of golfers with Tyler Parkhurst and Josh James. Both are making their districts debuts.
Lance Welker of Cambridge Springs also will compete at districts for the first time.
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