Remmey Lohr had a groundbreaking season, Jake Caldwell broke through in the county championship, and Adena Rugola had a strong sophomore golf season.
The trio of local golfers were steady through the regular season into the postseason, and are rewarded with Player of the Year honors.
Belle Vernon’s Melvin Gouker repeats as the Big School Coach of the Year. His Leopards won the Section 2-AAA and county crowns.
Carmichaels’ Dave Briggs and Elizabeth Forward’s Chris Weibl repeat as Small School Coaches of the Year after their squads were perfect in section play and advanced to the WPIAL Class AA team playoffs.
Geibel Catholic’s Brian Konieczny nearly led the Lady Gators to the WPIAL Class AA Team Championship in the program’s first season and is recognized as the Girls Coach of the Year.
Remmey Lohr had an intriguing junior season. She advanced to another state championship, but did so through the boys side in the 2019 season because of a standing rule that permits only one girl to participate in the individual championship if her school does not field a girls team.
Lohr won the Section 8-AA qualifier at Nemacolin Country Club, survived a couple tough finishing holes to place 13th in the WPIAL Class AA final at Allegheny Country Club, and won silver at the PIAA Western Regional played at Tom’s Run.
Lohr tied for 30th with two rounds of 85 in the PIAA final.
She was also an instrumental player in the Mikes’ undefeated Section 8-AA title.
Rugola attempted to qualify through the boys’ sectional last year with her older sister Danae finishing out her senior year in the girls tournament. Rugola had a successful run through her first year in the girls tournaments.
The sophomore was tied for fourth in the FCCA Championship and won the girls county title. Rugola placed fourth in the WPIAL Class AAA championship and tied for third in the PIAA Western Regional.
Rugola rebounded from an 85 in the first round of the PIAA Championship to shoot 77 on the final day and finish 11th in her first state final.
Caldwell capped his final season by winning his first county golf title and leading the Leopards to FCCA and section team titles. He placed third in the Class AAA semifinals at Hannastown Golf Club and placed 26th in the WPIAL Class AAA Championship.
Belle Vernon teammates Patrick Bush and Tyler Mocello join Caldwell on the all-area first team. Bush, a freshman, was second and Mocello, a sophomore, third in the county tournament. Bush was the medalist in the Section 2-AAA qualifier.
Mount Pleasant Tim Pisula was right on the target score to advance out of the Section 2-AA qualifier, but made the most of the opportunity to place ninth in the WPIAL Class AA championship. He fell short of qualifying out of the PIAA Western Regional by a couple strokes.
He also helped the Vikings advance to the WPIAL Class AA team tournament.
Jefferson-Morgan junior Kyle Clayton had an anxious moment or two on the final hole of the Section 2-AA qualifier, but survived to advance to the district final. He was in the first group out and just missed a playoff for the opportunity to advance to the PIAA Western Regional.
Rounding out the starting six is Laurel Highlands senior Jeff Golembiewski. He tied for fourth in the county championship and was a steady player on the young Mustangs squad.
Frazier senior Tyler Hoffman, Uniontown freshman Gage Brugger and sophomore Michael Mercadante, Albert Gallatin freshman Matt Karpeal, Carmicahaels senior Taggart Shea, Ringgold senior Seth Callaway and Elizabeth Forward senior Mike Swart are a solid group of golfers on the second team that complement the first team. Brugger and Hoffman earned FCCA All-County honors.
Brownsville junior Lindsay Sethman returned to her second Class AA state championship, finishing tied for ninth with a two-day score of 169 (87-82). Sethman tied for third in the WPIAL Class AA Championship at Diamond Run Golf Club.
Laurel Highlands sophomore Megan Joyce won the Section 2-AAA individual qualifier at Pleasant Valley Golf Club and tied for 14th in the WPIAL Class AAA final. She also played her way to All-County honors (both overall and girls) for the second year in a row.
Geibel Catholic freshman Claire Konieczny rounds out the first team. She earned girls All-County honors and placed ninth in the WPIAL Class AA final. The younger Konieczny placed 19th in the PIAA Western Regional.
The second-team is filled with an accomplished female golfers.
Carmichaels senior Delaney Lohr placed seventh in the Class AA district championship and finished 15th in the PIAA Western Regional.
Belle Vernon sophomore Adreana Scaramucci earned dual All-County honors. Geibel Catholic junior Caroline Konieczny made girls All-County squad and advanced to her second WPIAL Class AA final.
Belle Vernon junior Maria Kruppa earned girls honors in the FCCA Championship and advanced to her first WPIAL Class AAA Championship. Uniontown junior Maddie Myers made the girls All-County team and was a solid player in the Red Raiders’ section play.
Rounding out the second team is Frazier senior Isabella Kudyba.
Special recognition goes to Greensburg C.C. sophomores Meghan and Ella Zambruno. The twin sisters led the Lady Centurions to their fifth consecutive WPIAL Class AA title and second-straight PIAA crown.
Meghan Zambruno placed second in the state tournament and was third in the WPIAL. Ella Zambruno took silver in the WPIAL championship.