BENTLEYVILLE — Waynesburg Central won the small school team title at the annual TriCADA golf tournament last Friday at Chippewa Golf Course and Carmichaels junior Remmey Lohr was second among female competitors with a 79.
Uniontown sophomore Adena Rugola earned top honors among girls and was fourth overall with a 6-over 76.
Waynesburg’s team score of 438 bested Uniontown which placed second with a 447.
“Absolutely,” Waynesburg Central coach Jeff Coss said in response when asked if winning the title was important. “We have four seniors starting and they worked hard for us.
“This sets the tone. We have a lot of competition (in Section 8-AA) with Carmichaels and Uniontown.”
Rugola started on No. 14 in the shotgun start, playing the front nine in 36 and closing on the back with 40.
The sophomore had a very basic approach to the first golf action of the high school season.
“I wanted to come out and do my best. My goal was to win it, but my goal is always to win it,” said Rugola, who had hoped to shoot 74.
Rugola said she was sharp off the tee, but not so much on the greens.
“My driver was incredible. I drove three greens on the front nine,” said Rugola, who played from the women’s tees. “My putting absolutely killed me. I’d leave them super short, and then be aggressive and run them by.”
Although the field had a solid percentage of females playing, the girls were still playing against the boys.
“Playing against the boys, I was slightly intimidated. But, I was relaxed,” explained Rugola.
With teams jumping right into section play this week, Rugola, who played in the boys Class AA sectional last year, outlined her goals for her second season of high school golf.
“My goal primarily is to go to states and potentially win it,” said Rugola, who will compete in the girls championship this year.
The cut for a top-10 finish was 8-over 78, but Jefferson-Morgan’s Kyle Clayton missed out on the medal stand on a card tiebreaker.
Still, Clayton was pleased with his round.
“I played pretty good. I hit two bad drives out of play (for double bogeys) and I missed two short birdie putts,” said Clayton. “I struck the ball really well. I just didn’t make putts.”
Clayton, too, laid out his approach for a hopeful run for a berth into the WPIAL Class AA championship.
“I try to focus on playing my game. As long as I can do what I do, I’ll put down a good score,” said Clayton. “I’m hitting the ball so much better (this year), and my wedge game is so much better.”
Lohr finished one stroke from the medal stand with a 79 (38-41).
“I wanted to shoot under 80 and I did that, so I’m pretty proud of myself,” said a smiling Lohr, who started on No. 5. “I wanted to play consistent and I felt I did.
“I hit my drivers well and my irons well, too. I was doing pretty good (on the greens) until No. 2 and I four-putted. But, I had one birdie on the last hole.”
Lohr advanced to the state finals last year, but, unless things change, the plan is to allow her older sister Delaney to play in the girls tournament with the younger sister trying to navigate through boys Class AA qualifier.
“I feel it’s a little harder to play against boys, but it makes me work harder,” said the younger Lohr.
Jeff Golembiewski had the low round for Laurel Highlands with a 12-over 82 (41-41) with sophomore Megan Joyce finishing with an 88.
“I’ve been playing in tournaments all summer, so I wasn’t nervous. It’s just another tournament,” said Joyce. “I couldn’t get it going on the back nine (her first nine). I had bogey after bogey.
“But, I was happy with how I played on the front nine.”
The Mustangs lost Steven Ross, Gregory Hensh and Cain Basinger to graduation, so Joyce will need to step up into the void.
“I have to be positive. I have to have good vibes and not be hard on myself. I don’t want to transfer that on (her teammates),” said Joyce.
Seth Callaway was the low man for Ringgold with an 11-over 81 (40-41). The junior looks to advance in the WPIAL Class AAA individual tournament after falling short of a berth into the semifinals by two shots and to lead the Rams by example.
“I want to be a leader, even if we have a bad day. I’m helping out anyone I can,” said Callaway. “I missed (advancing) by two shots at Duck Hollow (Golf Club). I fell apart on the back nine.
“I had a kind of steady round. Everything was all around decent, though I left five or six shots out there.”
Peters Township had two teams in the big school tournament and finished 1-2 in the team standings. Ellian Asencio led his squad of six to the team title with 387 after taking medalist honors with a 3-over 73.
“I was driving the ball pretty well. I was hitting my wedges pretty good. My putting could’ve been better,” said Asencio. “I wanted to shoot even par. I had one birdie and a double bogey on No. 9.”
The top-10 finishers were Asencio, Chartiers-Houston’s Jack Hritsko (74), South Fayette’s Luke Lestini (75), Rugola, Canon-McMillan’s Colin McKinney (77), Peters Township’s Will Burkhardt (77), Nick Luniewski (78), Mason Takacs (78), and Christian Schreiber (78), and Trinity’s Milan Molinari (78).