CONNEAUT LAKE — It was a sweltering day on the links as Region 3 reconvened for its fourth mega match this season. Last time out, Saegertown took hold of the region. The Panthers were frustrated a bit on the course this time around, but still managed to take another mega match and expand on their lead.
Saegertown posted a team score of 344, just seven strokes less than Conneaut, to secure the mega match win Wednesday afternoon at Oakland Beach Golf Course in Conneaut Lake.
“Tough pins, hot day and we were only 11 over what we shot at our home course and I thought that we played well there,” said Saegertown head coach Brian Hanley. “So I’m very pleased with the outcome.”
The Panthers battled through their frustrations en route to another winning performance. Dylan Flinchbaugh led the Panthers with a 78. Nick Archacki and Andy Hasychak tallied an 88 and 89 respectively. Max Fuller posted a 90.
“They practice when they don’t have to practice. That’s what you want from your team, you want them to put the extra time in when they don’t have to,” Hanley said. “That’s what seperates us from a lot of teams. That they’re willing to play.”
Conneaut followed just seven strokes back with a 351. Alex Wiles shot an 81. Cooper Baum notched an 87 and Jordan Vaughn hit an 89. Andrew McKalip and Jake Welcheck each had 94s.
“We’ll take that especially beating a good team like CASH on their home course,” Hanley said.
Union City extended its lead for third place with a round of 353. Tyler Parkhurst led the Bears with an 87. Josh James and Keegan Hornaman each shot 88s. Cole DeSimone rounded out the top four with a 90.
Seneca was led by Joey Petrarca with a 90. The Bobcats as a team fired a 391.
Maplewood finished sixth with a 471 team score. Chase Halsaver posted a 95 to pace the Tigers.
Saegertown (22) now holds a two-point lead over Conneaut (20) in the overall standings with two matches to play. Union City is third with 17. Cambridge has 13, Seneca 8 and Maplewood 4.
“We got to keep the pedal down and keep doing what we do,” Hanley added.
The next mega match is Thursday September 19 at Riverside Golf Course, home course for the Cambridge Springs Blue Devils. Tee-off is set for 10 a.m.
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