Big Red swings past North Penn

Barr, Keiser card 40s, Soud­er­ton im­proves to 3-0 in Con­ti­nen­tal

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - SPORTS - By Kev Hunter khunter@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @khunter10 on Twit­ter

It’s usu­ally the one big sand trap in their schedule, the course that keeps them sec­ond guess­ing.

Wed­nes­day was no pic­nic, but Soud­er­ton still got enough good swings in and sank enough puts to pull out a 208-215 vic­tory over ri­val North Penn, as Big Red im­proved to a per­fect 3-0 in Sub­ur­ban One League Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence play.

“The course is tough as al­ways here. I never play well here,” said Big Red se­nior An­thony Barr, who helped lead the way Wed­nes­day at PineCrest Coun­try Club. “My fresh­man year, I had six birdies and still shot a 42 some­how on nine holes. It’s just not a course that fits well for my eye.”

Nev­er­the­less, Barr per­se­vered and shot a 40, tied with team­mate Evan Keiser and the Knights’ Shane Herb for low­est round hon­ors.

“The tee shots,” Barr said of what has made it a chal­leng­ing venue for Big Red over the years. “The sight­lines and ev­ery­thing and how nar­row the trees are around the tee boxes.

“As a team, we didn’t play very solid but we still shot a rea­son­able score and came out with a win.”

James O’Mal­ley shot a 41, Justin Panned had a 43 and Thomas But­ler mus­tered a 44 for Big Red (4-0), who al­ready have a school record for stroke play, by virtue of the 185 they com­bined for at Raven’s Claw Golf Club in a win over Perkiomen Val­ley.

“We def­i­nitely wanna win our con­fer­ence and see where it goes from there,” Barr said.

Tak­ing lessons from pros and play­ing in high-level tour­na­ments, Soud­er­ton kept plenty

plenty busy over the sum­mer. Their top five usu­ally in­cludes three se­niors in Barr, Kreiser and Joshua Smith, who was out Wed­nes­day, tak­ing an SAT course.

“I’m re­ally happy and proud of the kids. They pre­pared,” said coach Fred Ci­cacci.

On Thurs­day, Big Red hosts Cen­tral Bucks East and its im­pres­sive No. 1, Pa­trick Shee­han. Soud­er­ton was glad to come away with the win Wed­nes­day at PineCrest.

“Soud­er­ton Area does not play well on this course,” Ci­cacci said. “I don’t know if it psy­ches them out. They told me again to­day that — even our top guys — had scores that were worse than they nor­mally play.

“We got away with a win but the guys were not happy with the way they

played.”

North Penn, a young team with just one se­nior (Min Kim, who fired a 41), could not over­come 13 dou­ble bo­geys and four triple bo­geys.

“Play­ing at your home course, you would hope that you could come out on top, but we have one se­nior, mostly 11th graders and two ninth graders so I think for their ex­pe­ri­ence, I think they’re shoot­ing well,” said Knights coach Dave DiValentino. “They’re play­ing more con­sis­tently. It’s just we have to avoid the big blow-up holes.

“They’re learn­ing, learn­ing how to play dif­fer­ent shots. It’s gonna be a year­long process here.”

North Penn (1-3 con­fer­ence) trav­els to Cen­tral Bucks East Tues­day.

Soud­er­ton 208, North Penn 215 At PineCrest Coun­try Club Front Nine, par 35 Soud­er­ton: An­thony Barr 40, Thomas But­ler 44, Evan Keiser 40, James O’Mal­ley 41, Justin Panned 43. North Penn: Shane Herb 40, Tyler Schulze 46, Min Kim 41, David Gi­vand 43, Jack

Har­ri­gan 45.

BOB RAINES — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Soud­er­ton’s James O’Mal­ley chips onto the sec­ond green dur­ing the Indians’ match with North Penn Wed­nes­day.

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