Past win­ners found in cham­pi­onship bracket

The Morning Call - - SPORTS - By Mark Wo­gen­rich

Four past win­ners are in the cham­pi­onship bracket of the 83rd Le­high Val­ley Ama­teur golf tour­na­ment, which be­gins the first round of match play Thurs­day at Green Pond County Club.

Join­ing de­fend­ing champ Ja­son Wil­son in the field are two-time win­ner Brian John­son (2008, 2011), 2016 champ Tony Sarko and 2009 win­ner Phil Ries.

John­son, Sarko and Ries are on the same side of the bracket as qual­i­fy­ing medal­ist Zach Juhasz, who shot a 3-un­der 68 at Green Pond on Sunday. Wil­son opens match play against Freddy Car­mona, who ad­vanced from a seven-player play­off Tues­day morn­ing.

Northamp­ton High se­nior Nate Wheeler and Em­maus ju­nior Michelle Cox will com­pete in the 16-player ju­nior bracket, which be­gins match play Satur­day. Wheeler and Cox won Eastern Penn­syl­va­nia Con­fer­ence in­di­vid­ual ti­tles Mon­day at Olde Home­stead.

Cham­pi­ons will be crowned in 12 brack­ets and flights Sunday at Green Pond.

CHRIS SHIP­LEY/SPE­CIAL TO THE MORN­ING CALL

De­fend­ing champ Ja­son Wil­son be­gins match play Thurs­day at the 83rd Le­high Val­ley Ama­teur at Green Pond Coun­try Club.

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