It was a cool and breezy fall day Monday at the Bavarian Hills Golf Course, but for the Elk County Catholic Crusader golf team, the weather and everything else was just about perfect as the Crusaders edged the Ridgway Elkers 335-336 to claim the District 9 Class AA team title.
Elk Catholic's foursome consisted of Elliott Struble, Mitchell Struble, Drew Meyer, and Jess Jaynes. The D9 team title is the first for second-year Crusader head coach George Schneider.
"I'm proud of the kids. They've been playing well all year, and I'm glad they can get a District title," Schneider said. "Hopefully we can go on to the next round and do some damage there too."
For the Crusaders, Elliott Struble shot a 75, Mitchell Struble had an 82, Drew Meyer carded an 85, and Jess Jaynes finished with a 93 for a team score of 335.
For the Elkers, Josh Roselli had a 75, T.J. Schlimm recorded an 81, Jake Klawuhn shot an 89, and Jesse Reynolds carded a 91 for a team score of 336.
"Good competition today again, obviously, from Ridgway. We've been neck-and-neck all year. We've been coming out ahead on that one. We've got to polish up before the next round and make sure we can advance to States," Schneider said.
Coming in third in team points was Clarion with 358, followed by Brookville and Keystone with 359, Cranberry 368, Johnsonburg 391, and A-C Valley 392.
Punxsutawney and Bradford were the only two teams in the AAA competition, and Punxsutawney ended up taking the title with a score of 338 to Bradford's 358.
The Elk Catholic and Punxsutawney teams will each compete in sub-regional qualifiers to advance to the PIAA state team championships at Heritage Hills. The Elk Catholic will compete in a sub-regional with the District 10 champion, while Punxsutawney will compete in a sub-regional with teams from District 5, 6, 8, and 10.
Co-medalists for the day among the individual AA golfers were Elk Catholic's Elliott Struble and Ridgway's Josh Roselli with four-over-par rounds of 75. Struble and Roselli will lead the field of 14 AA and 7 AAA golfers who will compete again on Saturday in an additional 18 holes at Bavarian Hills to determine this year's 8 AA and 2 AAA regional qualifiers.
Other AA golfers who will advance to Saturday's competition are Johnsonburg's Cameron Grumley with a 77; Curwensville's Jason Thorp with a 78; Cameron County's Paul Etchepare and Coudersport's Cameron Kockler with 80s; Austin's Kal Logue, Brookville's Jack Huggins, and Ridgway's T.J. Schlimm with 81s; Elk Catholic's Mitchell Struble and Keystone's Andrew Turk with 82s; DuBois Central Catholic's Mark Walker with an 83; and Cranberry's Decklan Burkhart, Forest Area's Gary Fye, and St. Marys Area's Owen Schreiber with 84s.
Other area golfers who competed individually but did not qualify to advance were St. Marys Area's Rudy Gleixner, who finished with a 107, and Kane's Jamie Rook and Dan Park, who carded 104 and 107, respectively.
The medalist for the day in AAA was Bradford freshman Mitch Faulkner with an eight-over-par round of 79. Other individual AAA golfers who will advance to Saturday's competition are Punxsutawney's Brandon Mancuso with an 80, Bradford's Ryan Strauss and Punxsutawney's Mike Blose with 84s, Clearfield's Ricky Clark and Kerry Maines with 96s, and DuBois Area's Steve Jacobson with a 97.
The AA team results are as follows:
Elk County Catholic (335) – Elliott Struble 75, Mitchell Struble 82, Drew Meyer 85, Jess Jaynes 93.
Ridgway (336) – Josh Roselli 75, T.J. Schlimm 81, Jake Klawuhn 89, Jesse Reynolds 91.
Clarion (358) – Jon Kenneson 83, Thomas Sarvey 88, Tanner Steiner 93, Jared Bish 94.
Brookville (359) – Jack Huggins 81, Jordan Tosh 86, Jacob McLaughlin 91, Tate Canavan 101.
Keystone (359) – Andrew Turk 82, Breau Schettler 85, Ryan Wolbert 95, Cameron Henry 97.
Cranberry (368) – Decklan Burkhart 84, Cameron Hoover 92, Ty Rex 96, Jacob Creighton 96.
Johnsonburg (391) – Cameron Grumley 77, Nathan Burgeson 89, C.J. Herbstritt 110, David Sallack 115.
A-C Valley (392) – Landon DeLisio 91, Noah Morgan 91, Justice Seeker 105, Jackson Shook 105.
The AAA team results are as follows:
Punxsutawney (338) – Brandon Mancuso 80, Mike Blose 84, Logan Reed 84, Eli Thompson 90.
Bradford (358) – Mitch Faulkner 79, Ryan Strauss 84, Brandon Whelan 94, Brayden Snyder 101.