STEADY AS SHE GOES

Con­estoga’s Yao fires even-par round, with 16 pars, to win Dis­trict 1 ti­tle

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Thomas Nash tnash@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Thomas_Nash10 on Twitter

Con­estoga’s Sa­man­tha Yao watches her drive on the 18th tee Tues­day dur­ing the sec­ond day of the Dis­trict 1 Golf Championships at Tur­tle Creek Golf Club in Lim­er­ick. She would par No. 18, just like she parred 15 other holes on the day for a fairly com­fort­able four-shot win.

LIM­ER­ICK >> Sa­man­tha Yao could be called the model of con­sis­tency.

The Con­estoga sopho­more posted 16 pars on her way to cap­tur­ing the two-day Dis­trict 1 girls golf Cham­pi­onship on Tues­day af­ter­noon at Tur­tle Creek Golf Course.

“I guess stay­ing con­sis­tent was the key,” said Yao with a laugh af­ter­ward, “I never re­ally tried to do too much. I stayed out of trou­ble for the most part and stuck to my game.”

Yao shot an 8-over 151 for the two-day tour­na­ment. She shot an even-par 72 on the sec­ond round, a day after post­ing an 8-over 79 at Gil­bertsville Golf Course.

“After yes­ter­day, I didn’t re­ally know what to ex­pect to­day,” she said of the sec­ond round. “There were a lot of things I knew I needed to work on, needed to fix for this round. Luck­ily I was able to put it to­gether.”

Yao stuck one close on No. 7, then sunk a putt to move to 1-un­der for the round (7-un­der over­all). Four holes later, she three-

putted to fin­ish with her lone bo­gey for the round on the par 3 No. 11.

“I would love a chance to play that hole again,” she said, “but it’s still re­ally cool to know that I won this.”

Two other Ch­ester County golfers fin­ished in the top eight to reach next Mon­day’s Re­gional Tour­na­ment at Golden Oaks Golf Club.

West Ch­ester East’s Sofia Amoroso and Down­ing­town East’s Lid­die McCook each made the cut at 165.

Rad­nor’s Gabby Kim fol­lowed close be­hind Yao with a 155 while her sis­ter, June Kim, fin­ished up at 161 for sec­ond and third, re­spec­tively. Hat­boro-Hor­sham se­nior Cas­sa­day Gav­aghan shot an 81 on both days to take fourth place at 162 while Cen­tral Bucks East’s Sophia Man­cuso shot a 163. Wis­sahickon’s Cris­tea Park fin­ished up at 164, just ahead of Amoroso and McCook.

GENE WALSH — DIG­I­TAL FIRST MEDIA

GENE WALSH — DIG­I­TAL FIRST MEDIA

Con­estoga’s Sa­man­tha Yao smiles with her Dis­trict 1 golf medal after win­ning the ti­tle Tues­day at Tur­tle Creek Golf Club in Lim­er­ick.

GENE WALSH — DIG­I­TAL FIRST MEDIA

Down­ing­town East’s Lid­die McCook swings on the 18th tee dur­ing Day 2 of the Dis­trict 1 Golf Cham­pi­onship at Tur­tle Creek Golf Club in Lim­er­ick.

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