Back-to-back for Em­maus

Palmer­ton takes 2A ti­tle; 3 first-time cham­pi­ons crowned

The Morning Call - - SPORTS - By Mark Wo­gen­rich

Park­land se­nior Trevor Grimm thought his 2018 golf sea­son ended too abruptly, which prompted him to set an im­me­di­ate goal: to win a Dis­trict 11 ti­tle. Hav­ing pushed him­self for a year, Grimm ac­com­plished it Mon­day.

Grimm shot an even-par 72, mak­ing nearly every putt un­der 10 feet, to win his first Class 3A boys cham­pi­onship at Steel Club in Heller­town. Grimm also ad­vanced to next week’s PIAA East Re­gion tour­na­ment, which he missed by one shot last year.

“I’ve been play­ing well the whole sea­son, but this is def­i­nitely at the top,” Grimm said. “Com­ing in, my goal was to win, so it was awe­some to be able to do that.”

Dis­trict 11 crowned three first-time champs, in­clud­ing Em­maus’ Michelle Cox, who won the 3A girls ti­tle with a 1-over 73. Schuylkill Haven se­nior Albe Evans birdied the first play­off hole to win the Class 2A boys ti­tle.

And Cen­tral Catholic’s Em­i­lie Wright, who won the Class 2A girls ti­tle as a sopho­more, re­turned to shoot 87 and win her sec­ond as a se­nior.

“I knew com­ing in that I had the op­por­tu­nity to win, so hav­ing a strong day is al­ways a good thing,” Wright said. “I was ec­static.”

Palmer­ton, which fell to Mo­ra­vian Acad­emy at the Colo­nial League tour­na­ment af­ter an un­beaten reg­u­lar sea­son, re­bounded to win the Class 2A team ti­tle. Mo­ra­vian Acad­emy had won the past five tour­na­ments.

Em­maus, the un­beaten East­ern Pa. Con­fer­ence champ, con­tin­ued its dom­i­nance by win­ning a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive 3A team ti­tle. Palmer­ton and Em­maus both ad­vance to team states.

Grimm made putting the pri­or­ity of his round Mon­day, when Steel Club’s greens rolled at a pace that made him com­fort­able. As a re­sult, Grimm was con­sis­tent on them, miss­ing just one putt in­side 10 feet.

Grimm played well out­side the high-school sea­son as well, win­ning the Pres­i­den­tial Flight at the Le­high Val­ley Am­a­teur last month. Grimm plans to at­tend Lib­erty Univer­sity, where he hopes to walk-on with the school’s na­tion­ally ranked golf team.

“I’ve been play­ing hard, fo­cus­ing on every shot in prac­tice rounds and tour­na­ment rounds, mak­ing sure every shot counted,” he said.

Cox has played plenty of tour­na­ment golf the past two weeks, from the high-school post­sea­son to the Le­high Val­ley Am­a­teur, where she won two matches in the ju­nior bracket. The most sat­is­fy­ing round came Sept. 26, when she and play­ing part­ner Ha­ley Quickel of Delaware won a qual­i­fier at Brook­side Coun­try Club to make the field for the 2020 U.S. Women’s Am­a­teur Four-Ball.

The tour­na­ment fea­tures some of the na­tion’s top am­a­teur play­ers com­pet­ing in a two-player for­mat. Cox said she was thrilled to qual­ify for her first USGA event, es­pe­cially since it gives her a rea­son to stay sharp over the win­ter.

At dis­tricts, de­spite shoot­ing 73, Cox thought she could have played bet­ter, par­tic­u­larly in the short game. It’s some­thing to work on for re­gion­als.

“My is­sue is hit­ting it all over the prop­erty the first few holes,” she said. “I need a lit­tle men­tal re­set on that.”

Wright was thrilled with her day and sea­son, dur­ing which she av­er­age 81 with a sea­sonbest score of 78. Af­ter win­ning the dis­trict ti­tle in 2017, Wright didn’t ad­vance to re­gion­als last sea­son. Now, she has her sights set on states.

“That would be amaz­ing,” she said. “It’s been my goal since my fresh­man year to get to states. If I can get there, it would be like a high school golf dream come true in my eyes.”

Ben Ortwein, who shot 82 made the Class 2A boys play­off, ad­vanced to the PIAA East Re­gion tour­na­ment with Palmer­ton’s Lo­gan Kresge (84) and Tyler Hager (85). In Class 3A, Em­maus’ Matt Zer­fass (73) ad­vanced with Lib­erty’s Matt Vi­tal (74) and Jimmy Barker (75), Blue Moun­tain’s Connor Ghergel and Northamp­ton’s Nate Wheeler (76).

Mo­ra­vian Acad­emy’s Grace San­born (94) ad­vanced in 2A girls. Pleas­ant Val­ley’s Mary Scully and Sau­con Val­ley’s Emma Shelby shot 90 to qual­ify in 3A girls.

Morn­ing Call re­porter Mark Wo­gen­rich can be reached at 610-820-6588 or at mwogen­[email protected]

MON­ICA CABR­ERA PHO­TOS/THE MORN­ING CALL

Trevor Grimm of Park­land won the Dis­trict 11 3A golf cham­pi­onships at Steel Club in Heller­town on Mon­day.

Cen­tral Catholic se­nior Em­i­lie Wright won the Class 2A girls ti­tle at the Dis­trict 11 golf cham­pi­onships. It was her sec­ond ti­tle.

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