BEALLSVILLE — Carmichaels’ Remmey Lohr advanced to the WPIAL and PIAA girls golf championships last year, while her older sister Delaney just missed the cut in the boys’ section qualifier.
The two reversed places this time around with Delaney Lohr, a senior, playing in the girls section qualifier Wednesday and Remmey, a junior, seeking a berth out of the boys’ Section 8-AA qualifier.
Remmey Lohr sliced out a piece of history when she not only earned a berth into next week’s Class AA championship, but did so as medalist at Nemacolin Country Club with a 6-over 78.
Jefferson-Morgan’s Kyle Clayton needed to one-putt the final green to hit the target score of 81, and the junior did just that to join Lohr in the WPIAL Class AA Boys Individual Golf Championship at Allegheny Country Club on Thursday, Sept. 25.
“It’s more of a big deal. No girl has qualified in the boys qualifier before,” said Lohr of this year’s qualifier.
Lohr went out in 1-under after closing the front nine with a bogey and par save. She had three birdies and two bogeys.
Lohr kept rolling on the back nine until she reached No. 15.
“I took an eight on No. 15. I was hitting my driver so straight and I hit into the woods,” said Lohr.
Lohr recovered to finish with a 7-over 41 on the back.
Lohr was third in WPIAL Class AA Championship last year and 14th in the state. Lohr entered the qualifier as just a round of golf at Nemacolin Country Club.
“I had no expectations,” said Lohr. “I made states last year.
“I think (the WPIAL championship) is just gravy for me. From then on, whatever I do, I do.”
Clayton was in great position after 14 holes, sitting at 3-over after back-to-back birdies on Nos. 12 and 13. But, things went astray on No. 15.
“It was a collection of shots,” Clayton said of his bogey.
The junior then started adding up the numbers.
“I was doing the math in my head and that was not a good thing,” explained Clayton. “I was thinking too much. I was a little worried after No. 15.”
Things continued to turn for the worse for Clayton when he took a double bogey on No. 16.
“I had a double bogey. I had three strokes and two holes to play,” said Clayton.
Clayton really pushed the math on the finishing hole when he hit his tee shot out-of-bounds.
“I pulled my hybrid out-of-bounds and had to retee,” said Clayton. “I hit a tree (on his approach shot) and got a break.”
Clayton chipped down hill across the green for an uphill putt.
“Below the hole gives you a chance,” said Clayton.
Clayton had an idea of what he wanted to accomplish in the qualifier, especially knowing what he had to shoot.
“I wanted to get into the top five,” said Clayton. “(The target score) makes it a little more difficult. I was thinking too much on what I had to shoot.”
Now, his next individual round of golf will be for a WPIAL championship.
“My coach (John Curtis) said (Allegheny Country Club) is nice. I’ve never played it.”
Waynesburg Central’s Ray Behm missed the target score by one stroke, finishing with an 82 (41-41). He had a couple of unfortunate putts not fall, including one on the seventh green that dipped into the cup, but horseshoed out.
Charleroi’s Zach Summers and Carmichaels’ Bradley Walker both shot 85 on the par-72 course. The Raiders’ MaCottie Denjen finished with 86.
Uniontown’s Clay Dean had the best turn-around of the day, going out in 60, but finishing the back in 40. The Cougars’ Sam Leonetti also had a better back nine, opening with a 53 and finishing with a 38 on the final nine holes.
In other boys section qualifiers:
Section 2-AAA — Three Belle Vernon golfers advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals out of the qualifier held at Victory Hills Golf Course.
The Leopards’ Patrick Bush was the medalist with a 73. Teammate Jake Caldwell, who advanced to the Class AAA finals last year, shot 74. Tyler Mocello was right on the target score of 80 for a berth into the semifinals.
Seth Callaway, from host Ringgold, shot a 77 for his first trip to the semifinals. Thomas Jefferson’s Noah Pierce (75) and Ed Pazo (79) also qualified.
Section 2-AA — Mount Pleasant’s Tim Pisula advanced to the Class AA final after meeting the target score of 80 at The Madison Club. Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ben Ritenour was medalist with a 74. Derry’s Aidan Bushey shot 80.
Section 7-AA — Elizabeth Forward’s Grae Grossman and Mike Swart both secured a spot in the Class AA championship in the qualifier held at Youghiogheny Country Club. Swart shot 74 and Grossman finished with 80. The target score was 81.