Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A possible local sweep at WPIAL team golf

The WPIAL Division I and II boys golf team championships will be determined Thursday at spacious Cedarbrook Golf Course outside Belle Vernon. Not surprisingly, the area will be well represented and the possibility for a local sweep strongly exists.

Steady-as-ever Peters Township, which sends three individuals to Monday's PIAA Western Regional, won its semifinal Tuesday at Norvelt Golf Course. The Indians beat Fox Chapel by seven strokes (383-390) while defending WPIAL Division I champion Greater Latrobe placed third.

Sophomore Tommy Nettles paced Peters Township with a round of 70. Nettles was followed by Hunter Stanchak (75), Trent McPherson (75), Jeremy Merich (80) and Connor Crane (84). The group gives Peters Township an outstanding chance at winning its third team championship under the direction of head coach David Kuhn.

South Fayette, which won four consecutive Division II team titles earlier in the millennium, cruised to an eight-stroke victory at its semifinal held at Fort Cherry Golf Course. The Lions (388) will be joined at Cedarbrook by Bentworth (399), which placed third at Fort Cherry. Perennial contender Burgettstown took second at its semifinal, which was held at River Forest Country Club in Freeport.

At Fort Cherry, no golfer was closer than six strokes to Evan Lestini's round of 69. Kyle Kubovcik shot a 76 for Bentworth and Garrett Damich, one of only three Division II golfers to advance to the PIAA Western Regional, carded a 78.

Burgettstown, a program that put together one of the more dominating runs in WPIAL golf history during the late 1990s, finished 15 strokes behind Neshannock (404-419) at River Forest CC. Owen Miller and Michael Callas each finished with a round of 81.

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