ORWIGSBURG - Less than perfect weather conditions Monday morning didn't stop area golfers from trying to qualify for the 2011 District 11 Golf Tournament. Marian, Northwestern, Tamaqua, and Pleasant Valley all had golfers make it to the qualifying event that was held at the Schuylkill County Country Club.
Marian had two of their four golfers qualify for the tournament which will be held at the Blue Ridge Country Club Monday October 10th at eight a.m. The two Colts that played their way into the field were Josh Green and Mike Gottstein. Green shot an 83, while Gottstein a junior, shot the lowest round of all the TIMES NEWS area participants with an 81.
"I went into today just trying to shoot par for every hole," said Gottstein. "I had a rough start to the morning with back-to-back double bogeys but I gathered myself and I started to par holes, but I could of played better today. Next week I want to get off to a good start so I don't have to play from behind from the start."
Josh Green who is also a junior expressed his excitement of making it to the tournament, missing last year's event by just a couple strokes.
"I missed Districts by a couple strokes last year and I wanted to come out and play well," said Green. "I just have to stay consistent the whole way. I knew the ball wasn't going to fly around today, so I didn't want to play too aggressive.
Northwestern Lehigh also had two golfers qualify for the event. Cole Miller who did not have to play because of winning the Colonial League title and Nick Vecellio. The sophomore Vecellio shot an 83 for the day and will go back to the tournament for the second straight season.
"I practiced a lot during this off-season to get ready to perform at higher level of play this season," said Vecellio. "This is big for me to qualify for Districts and really helps my confidence going into Monday. The last half of the year was rough so I'm glad I got into the tournament."
Palmerton's Ben Andrews also qualified for the event and like Miller did not have to play. Andrews, who has been tearing up the links this year was a state tournament qualifier in 2010 so he automatically qualified for the event at Blue Ridge this upcoming Monday.
District 11 Golf Qualifier
74 - James Bromwell, Blue Mountain 7
76 - Tyler Marcotte, Blue Mountain
77 - Eamon Marone, Notre Dame GP
78 - Kyle Wambold, Emmaus; James Lobb, Bangor
79 - Alex Colton, Bangor
80 - Bret Howey, Nazareth; Gian Turco, Becahi; Matt Yanek, Northampton; Kevin Kunkle, Northampton; Eric Perez, Southern Lehigh; Anthony Cavallo, Northampton
81 - John Rittle, North Schuylkill; Michael Gottstein, Marian; Collin Berger, Parkland
82 - Evan Notaro, Northampton; Chad Hess, Parkland; Tyler Smith, Northampton; Grant Schumaker, Emmaus
83 - A.J. Isodoro, Nazareth; Troy Heffelfinger, Saucon Valley; Nick Vecellio, Northwestern; Anthony Beltrami, Bethlehem Catholic; Josh Green, Marian; Adam Bear, Blue Mountain
84 - James Shaheen, Southern Lehigh; Mitch Racosky, Liberty; Ken Dixon, East Stroudsburg North; Colin Pratt, Parkland; Nick Tanacredi, Pocono Mountain West; Ryan McMahon, Liberty
85 - Nick Shoup, Parkland; Colin Hagenbuch, Wilson; Ben Lentine, Bangor; Dan Lessig, Moravian Academy
86 - Jay Young, Pen Argyl; Eric Balcik, Stroudsburg; Matt Guro, Southern Lehigh; Griffin Frank, Whitehall
87 - Dave Olexson, Wilson; Andrew Reeves, East Stroudsburg South; Sam Diacount, Nazareth; Carlos Fullerton, Emmaus; Joe Margle, Notre Dame GP; Mark Roth, Whitehall; John Brinich, Mahanoy Area
88 - Evan Choy, Stroudsburg; Michael Schultz, Allen; Logan Shively, Liberty; Nick Diecidue, Stroudsburg; Ryan Kreikel, Notre Dame E.S.
89 - Joe Drasdis, Pottsville; Nick Haddad, Southern Lehigh
90 - Jason Matuczinski, Bethlehem Catholic; Brandon Kemmerer, Palisades; Joe Ayers, Pocono Mountain East; Dom Violi, Stroudsburg; Dan McDonald, Notre Dame GP; Mike Weinert, Tamaqua
91 - Riley Hogan, Stroudsburg; Bob Deutsch, Notre Dame GP; Colin Winders, Easton; Stephen Reitz, Northwestern
92 - Kevin Zakszeski, Liberty; Reggie James, East Stroudsburg South
93 - Rich Trapp, Notre Dame GP; Mike Perkins, Parkland; Mark Postupack, Marian
94 - Kyle Buchman, Notre Dame GP; Teddy Cosgrove, Parkland
95 - Alex Tretheway, Stroudsburg; Eric Mason, Marian
96 - Brian Kern, Saucon Valley; Joey Schmidt, Bethlehem Catholic
97 - Mike Hartzell, Bangor
98 - Josh Lex, North Schuylkill; Kyle Adamonis, Pleasant Valley; Matt Clay, Nativity
99 - Jaheen Maru, Dieruff; Gary Diegert, Williams Valley
100 - Will Tighe, Bethlehem Catholic; Tommy Archer, Freedom
101 - Yianni Koronesis, Stroudsburg
102 - Conner Forsyth, Salisbury
103 - Mitch Carl, Williams Valley
105 - Nevin Brosius, Pine Grove
107 - Alec Ajhar, Pocono Mountain East
110 - Joe Gensoli, Easton
113 - Ian Glanzmann, Schuylkill Haven