Marian golfers finish second
Marian's Josh Green blasts out of a sandtrap during the District 11 Class AA team championships on Wednesday at the Willowbrook Golf Course.
CATASAUQUA - Marian's golf team knew it wasn't going to be easy in its first trip ever to the District 11 Team Golf Championships.
Adverse morning weather didn't dampen their spirits however as they set out to play the par-70 Willowbrook Golf Course with Notre Dame of Green Pond, Central Catholic and Moravian Academy with sight on the Class 2A title.
Notre Dame wound up the eventual champion shooting a four-player score of 307, but the Colts weren't too disappointed to finish second with a 326 score since they never played the course before.
"The biggest mistake I made was when we won the championship on Wednesday, we should have come down here on Saturday for a practice round," said Marian head coach Len Brylewski. "That was a big mistake I made because most of the shots these guys were making were either short or long.
"We finished with a 13-1 record this year and I'm happy for the boys. Let me tell you something. It's never been done in our area before by a small school. The only team who has ever qualified for this before was Blue Mountain. So for us it was good."
Notre Dame's Eamon Marone had the best score among the four teams with a one-under par 69.
Marian's Mike Gottstein, the Schuylkill League champ who has earned a spot in the District 11 tournament on Monday at Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, finished with a 72 to lead the Colts.
"I struck the ball up and down all day," said Gottstein. "I putted pretty well and my wedge game was on, but my short game was off because the greens played a little different than what I'm used to."
Gottstein's round included five birdies and seven bogeys. On more than one hole, he had to ask where to hit the ball because he had no clue where the green was.
"I had a couple of good holes where I hit a good tee shot and a good wedge shot," he said. "Then I had a good putt for a birdie. That's where most of my birdies came from.
"The first couple of holes I didn't miss the green by much, but my chip shots were pretty impossible. The rough was pretty high and wet and was tough to play out of."
Nick Kwedar came in with a 82, Mark Postupack added a 85 and Josh Green a 87 to round out Marian's scoring. The Colts' fifth golfer, Eric Mason, wasn't far back with a 90.
Chris Postupack, Kwedar and Green will join Gottstein at Shawnee for individual districts.
Central Catholic finished third with a 220 and Moravian Academy was fourth with a 340.
Notre Dame moves on to next week's PIAA regionals along with the Northampton boys and Central Catholic girls.
In 3A, Northampton edged Emmaus by one stroke, 292-293, to take the championship and move on to next week's regional round.
The Vikettes had to shoot lower than a 400 round to advance and came in with a 352.
District 11 2A Boys Team Golf Championship Scores
NO. DAME (GP) (307)
Eamon Marone 69, Kyle Buchman 76, Dan McDonald 78, Paul Roth 84
Mike Gottstein 72, Nick Kwedar 82, Mark Postupack 85, Josh Green 87
CENTRAL CATHOLIC (330)
Erik Ridley 76, Ryan Gutshall 81, Greg Davis 86, Eric Stinner 87
MORAVIAN ACADEMY (340)
Tim Wolak 82, Dan Lessig 84, Jack Reilly 85, Chris Haldeman 89
District 11 3A Boys Team Golf Championship Scores
Evan Notaro 68, Tyler Smith 70, Kevin Kunkle 73, Derek Kressler 81
Grant Schumaker 70, Kyle Wambold 71, Carlos Fullerton 75, Michael Lessel 77
BETHLEHEM CATHOLIC (328)
Nick Maff 81, Jason Matuczinski 81, J.T. Barker 83, Zach Surovcy 83
Evan Choi 76, Eric Balcik 79, Jarrod Choi 85, Nolan Schutzer 89
District 11 2A Girls Team Golf Championship Scores
CENTRAL CATHOLIC (352)
Franca Hurtado 78, Emily Rodgers 89, Chloe Sipp 89, Annika Dahlgren 96
Played at par 70 Wedgewood Golf, Course, Catasauqua