Raiders’ Schoener tops local golf qualifiers
Five golfers from the Times News area qualified Monday for the PIAA District 11 tournament.
Olde Homestead Golf Club, home course to the Northwestern Tigers, held the qualifier on their 18-hole course.
The scheduled 9 a.m. start was delayed 40 minutes due to frost, but conditions quickly improved on what turned out to be a 71-degree day.
Four of the five local 2A golfers qualified for the District tournament.
Carson Schoener (81) of Tamaqua, Nick Kurcinsky (83) and Jacob Artz (91) of Marian, and Logan Kresge (91) of Palmerton all made the cut.
The Raiders’ Schoener held the low score of the day for 2A in what he called “One of the most interesting rounds of his life.”
The previous three-time District qualifier had an eagle on hole number one and followed it up with an eight on number two.
“It was a roller coaster, but I used a little bit of everything and kept my head in it and am excited for my fourth district appearance,” said Schoener, who also had had three three-putts on the day.
Using a conservative strategy, the Bombers’ Kresge tied the cut line and just moved on.
“I tried to minimize lost balls by using my 3-wood more often than my driver to keep the ball in the fairway,” said Kresge. “I also made a 25-foot birdie which proved to be the shot that got me through.”
The cut line for 3A was calculated to an 87, and of the five athletes from the Times News Area, only one made the cut.
Mason Vogwill of Northwestern shot an 86 on his home course and was the only player from the area to qualify for the 3A championship.
Gabby Smalley of Northern Lehigh, Emily Remean of Marian Catholic and Mary Scully of Pleasant valley all played in the girls’ qualifier but none of them made the cut.
THE NUMBERS ... The boys field included 16 Class 2A golfers and 39 Class 3A golfers. In order to move on and qualify, the boys had to score better than half of the field. Once all golfers completed play, an average, or cut line, was announced and any golfer with an equal to or lower score than the cut moved on to the championship. As for the girls, they had to shoot a score of 110 or lower to qualify.
QUALIFIER BYES ... A total of 18 golfers — none from the Times News area — were exempt from the qualifier based on their finish in their respective league tournaments.
AN INCH OR A MILE ... Monday’s tournament goal was solely to qualify. It didn’t matter if it was by 10 strokes or one as Palmerton’s Kresge and Marian’s Artz both proved with their scores that finished right on the cut line.
District 11 Qualifiers
Carson Schoener (Tamaqua) 81, Andrew Benner (Palisades) 82, Nick Kurcinsky (Marian) 83, Will Mckay (Moravian Academy) 88, Peter Chiaradia (Moravian Academy) 88, Chris Omick (Notre Dame-GP) 90, Tyler McCole (Mahanoy Area) 90, Logan Kresge (Palmerton) 91, Jacob Artz (Marian) 91.
Cole Eberling (Southern Lehigh) 76, Tom Gaudette (PM West) 76, Collin Seip (Nazareth) 78, Jordan Barker (Liberty) 79, Luke Lanzone (Emmaus) 79, Joey Altemose (Liberty) 80, Tom Smith (Southern Lehigh) 83, Sean Costello (Bethlehem Catholic) 83, Evan Cartwright (Liberty) 83, Jake Nimeh (Parkland) 84, Austin Stella (Liberty) 84, Connor Wambold (Emmaus) 86, Mason Vogwill (Northwestern) 86, Thomas Munshower (Central Catholic) 87, Mason Wickman (Nazareth) 87, Roman Lisicky (Southern Lehigh) 87, Sean Jaeger (Emmaus) 87, Anthony Sawarynski (Northampton) 87.