DELAWARE WATER GAP – Staring down his second shot on the second playoff hole in Thursday's Mountain Valley Conference golf championships, Stroudsburg's Evan Choy was faced with an uphill approach that had to either go over or under a tree roughly 15 yards in front of him.
After some internal deliberation, and watching his opponent and teammate Cormac Salmon leave his second shot short and in a tough location, Choy decided to grab his gap wedge and fly it over the bare tree.
"It was a gamble," Choy admitted afterward. "After seeing (Salmon's) shot, I had to take the risk."
Choy cleared the tree, landed to the right of the green and had his ball kick to the left and onto the putting surface. The ball would roll off the front of the green, but Choy was able to get up and down for par while Salmon flubbed his third shot and then missed a chip for par.
"It feels really good to win today," said Choy, who fired a two-over 74 on the day. "I had to beat my teammate, which really sucks, but I had a lot of run overall today. I had a few little mistakes but that happens to everybody.
"It's awesome. I come from a great school and it's just fun. We have a lot of good players so I am just glad to be apart of it."
The two helped lead the Mounties to their seventh consecutive MVC golf crown. All eight Stroudsburg golfers finished with a score of 88 or below.
Pleasant Valley's Ryan Adamonis was the only local in the championship flight and finished fourth overall with an 81. He also recorded the highest place out of any TIMES NEWS golfer.
"Overall, I thought I did fine," said Adamonis. "My driving wasn't on today, so I used my four iron a lot and it worked out perfectly for me.
"It was pretty foggy in the morning, but then it got very nice and has been nice for a while now."
Lehighton's Jordan Knappenberger posted the second best local score with an 84. As it turns out he won the second flight with that round and was the only Indian to break 100 on the day.
"The first couple of holes were okay," Knappenberger said. "Luckily I got progressively better and better as the round went on. This was only my second time playing this course. It is a really nice course and I like it a lot.
"I'm going to work on the swing a little more over the week. Hopefully I can hit the ball straighter when it comes to districts."
The District 11 qualifier with be held at Woodstone Country Club in Danielsville on Oct. 1. The championships will then be on Oct. 8 at Shawnee.
1. Stroudsburg 475, 2. PM East 556, 3. ES South 559, 4. Pleasant Valley 576, 5. PM West 600, 6. Lehighton 628, 7. ES North 679
1. Evan Choy (S) 74, 2. Cormac Salmon (S) 74, 3. Eric Balcik (S) 78, T4. Ryan Adamonis (PV) 81.
1. Zach Ryan (ESS) 87, 2. Ryan O'Malley (PME) 88, 3. Tom Dixon (PV) 96, T4. Logan Beck (PV) 97, T10. Craig Roberts (PV) 99, T10. Elliot Custred (PV) 99, T12. Alden Everett (L) 100, T14. Kasey Gould (PV) 104, T16. Jeff Olah (PV) 105.
1. Jordan Knappenberger (L) 84, 2. Alfred Masker (PMW) 96, 3. Jesse Sabol (L) 101, 5. Zach Bowman (L) 110, 6. Cody Scully (PV) 111, 8. Jeff Horwith (L) 115, 9. Tyler Ritter (L) 118, 10. Nick McGeehan (L) 119, 15. Devon Gilbert (L) 123.
Played at Delaware Water Gap Country Club, par 72