Bucks County Herald

Golf:

Seven from Central Bucks, two from Pennridge qualify for districts

STEVE SHERMAN

Central Bucks East senior Patrick Sheehan captured the Suburban One League (SOL) championship last year with a 4-under par 67 at the 6,672-yard, par 71 Five Ponds Golf Course. Central Bucks West senior Luca Jezzeny was right behind Sheehan with a 3-under par 68.

Along with Thomas Butler of Souderton, this year, the two were tied at the end of the tournament, which took place Oct. 1 at Five Ponds.

While CB West captured the SOL Continental Conference title after going 11-1 in league play, Big Red totaled 315 shots for the team victory at SOLs. Butler combined with his brother, Stephen Butler (77), Justin Panner (79) and James O’Malley (85) to capture the trophy.

There were five players from Central Bucks including Jezzeny and Sheehan who qualified for the upcoming District 1-AAA Tournament set for Oct. 8-9 at Turtle Creek Golf Course.

CB East sophomore Jack Dunsmore tied for ninth place with two other players with an 8-over par 79. Senior Jack Cenci qualified for Central Bucks South after carding 11-over-par 82, which tied him for 15th place with four others.

Kevin Lydon, of CB West, tied four others for 25th place after carding 13-over par 84.

On the girls side, CB East’s Sarah Scarpill shot an 80 at SOLs to take runner-up honors and qualify for districts. CB South’s Lizzie Palmieri also qualified with an 87.

Central Bucks East
The Patriots finished the regular season strong, recording wins over North Penn at Pine Crest, and CB South and William Tennent at Five Ponds. CB East went 8-6 overall, 7-5 against Continental Conference foes.

Patriots head coach Matt Wolf said East’s most significant outing of the season was when his team went 4-2 in September at the Patriot Continental match held at Lookaway Golf Club.

Sheehan led the way with a score of 1-over par 37. The Patriots also got clutch performances from Jack Williamson and Leo Masterson, who each shot 45 in challenging, rainy conditions. With a team score of 213, East defeated North Penn (216), CB South (219), Pennridge (227) and Quakertown (245), while falling just short of CB West (204) and Souderton (208).

Additionally, on Aug. 25, the Patriots placed fourth overall in the Central Dauphin Invitational where Sheehan tied for the overall championship with a 2-under par 70. Sheehan led the SOL in score differential (0.34) throughout the season.

As a team, East had five players including Sheehan, Dunsmore, juniors Jack Herbine and Williamson, and senior Jack Haggerty, who qualified to compete at the SOL Championships.

CB East’s most significant personnel loss from last year was recent graduate Matt Becker, who is currently attending the University of South Carolina. Becker is playing on the club team at USC.

Central Bucks South
CB South finished the season at 10-5 overall, 7-5 in league play, placing the Titans around the middle of the pack in the Continental Conference.

While the Titans lost eight seniors from last year, head coach Tom Hill said his team still has a solid core of players.

Cenci is one. He qualified for districts a second straight season and led a senior class that included Dan Beach, Collin Pallante and Lorenzo Marin.

Palmieri, who advanced to the Pennsylvania East Regionals last year, led the junior class along with Jack Neumann, Ryan Zakrzewski and Matt Resnick. Will Locovare was the lone sophomore on the team.

In just his second year on varsity, Neumann and Marin, a newcomer to the team, have been key components to the Titans’ victories on the links.

South finished the season with strong showings against both CB East and conference champion CB West.
On Sept. 28 at Five Ponds, the Titans, with 200 strokes, came up just short of the Patriots, who carded 195.

Neumann (39), Pallante (39) Cenci (40), Zakraewski (41) and Marin (41) posted scores for CB South.

East posted its lowest round of the season that day, however. Sheehan led the way with a 33 on the front nine, and he had help from Dunsmore (37), Herbine (40), Haggerty (42) and Masterson (43).

Central Bucks West
The Bucks were strong all season long, going 11-1 in league play with CB West clinching the Continental Conference championship with a 190-200 triumph over CB South Sept. 28 at Limekiln Golf Club.

Jezzeny led West with a 34 and he had help from Milo Jezzeny (37), Lydon (39), Danny Walsh (40) and Colin Kear (40). While those were the cards that counted, the Bucks also got some good scores from Tyler Dalzell (41) and Alex Feraco (44). Zakrzewski (36) and Cenci (38) both broke 40 for CB South.

Souderton was the only team to top CB West this season in league play and Big Red pulled it off Sept. 26 at Lederach Golf Club. Thomas Butler (37), O’Malley (39), Panner (40), Stephen Butler (42) and Jack Graboski (42) were the cards that counted for Souderton.

Luca Jezzeny (34), Milo Jezzeny (38), Walsh (42), John Lee (45) and Lydon (46) came through for the Bucks while Dalzell (46) and Colin Kear (47) also carded some pretty nice numbers.

Luca Jezzeny and Lydon both qualified for districts for the Bucks.

Pennridge
While the Rams (4-8) may have been young this year, they are vast. Head coach Steve Yurchak had 31 players come out to golf this season. Leading Pennridge this year was sophomore Brendan Bauer, who tied for fifth place at SOLs with a 6-over 77.

Sophomores Connor Frisch and Blake Stewart also qualified for SOLs along with junior Christian Guldin.

Sophomore Ashley Ea took third place after carding 10-over par 81 at the SOL girls golf tournament Oct. 2 at Five Ponds. That qualifies her for the upcoming District 1-AAA girls tournament Oct. 8 at Gilbertsville Golf Club along with senior Caroline McFadden, who scored 95 at SOLs.

The Rams recorded Continental Conference wins this season against CB East, Quakertown (twice) and North Penn. They defeated Bensalem and William Tennant in non-league action.

“Our program is growing and we’re on the move,” said Yurchak. “No more automatic wins at Pennridge.”

The Rams’ biggest win of the season came Sept. 20 at Indian Valley Country Club. Stewart (37) and Frisch (39) led the effort for Pennridge. The Rams gained an edge this season, said Yurchak, thanks to the assistance lent by Indian Valley golf pro Tom Link.

Quakertown
After going winless in the Continental Conference this season, the Panthers came up with a non-league victory over SOL National Conference foe Bensalem Sept. 28 at Locust Valley.

Nolan Byrnes led the way with 43 strokes and he had help from Madilyn Siuta (45), Corey Cope (46), Seth Lowande (47), Jake Williams (48), Cole Mehrman (49) and Dan Carroll (49), all of whom broke 50 that day on the front nine. Alan Bergey rounded out the card for Quakertown.

Siuta qualified for districts with a score of 85 at SOLs. Williams qualified for SOLs after dropping his handicap by four strokes.

New Hope-Solebury
New Hope (8-2) played strong all season long, finishing just behind unbeaten Holy Ghost Prep (10-0) in the Bicentennial Athletic League (BAL) standings.

Four New Hope players qualified for the BAL Championships, which took place Sept. 26 at Makefield Highlands Golf Club, including four-year starter Jake Menz, a senior, sophomore Liam Griffith (his first appearance), and classmates Evan Menz and Kyle Sullivan (first appearance).

Two of those BAL qualifiers have earned berths in the upcoming District 1-AA meet set for Oct. 8-9 at Turtle Creek. Sullivan was low man for the Lions, carding 86 strokes to take fourth place overall. Griffith took fifth with an 88 after carding two key birdies on the back nine.

A highlight for the Lions this year was a tri-match win over Delco Christian and Lower Moreland. New Hope outpaced Delco, 220-240 and Lower Moreland 220-249. The top scorers for New Hope were Griffith (39), Evan Menz (43), Sullivan (45), Jack Buckard (46) and Jake Menz (47).

Head coach Mike Menz guides the Lions along with Will Griffith.

“Coach Will and I are pleased with the solid team we have here at New Hope-Solebury,” coach Menz said. “Lions golf is composed of a solid nucleus and this has translated into strong results thus far.”

While this is the last season for senior Jake Menz and classmate Matt Bracco, sophomores Liam Griffith, Evan Menz and Kyle Sullivan will only get better.

All three have improved since freshman year, said the coach.

“They’re all consistent players who will develop even more the next two years,” said coach Menz.

“Patrick Reidy and Jack Buckard have shown significant improvement from last season and will be poised for more success next year.

Every player on the team has been among the top five scorers in matches, so everyone has contributed to the Lions success.




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