BLAIRSILLE — Carmichaels’ Remmey Lohr continued to break historic new ground, while Uniontown’s Adena Rugola kept a family tradition alive.
The two golfers, along with Greensburg Central Catholic’s Meghan Zambruno and Brownsville’s Lindsay Sethman, all continued their golf seasons by one more week Tuesday afternoon after qualifying out of the PIAA Western Regional held at Tom’s Run Golf Course.
The regional was delayed by frost with the original tee time of 9 a.m. pushed back to 10:45.
While Zambruno, Sethman and Rugola advance to the girls state championship, Lohr did so in the Class AA boys. Not only did she qualify, but the junior did so with an even-par 72, the second-lowest score in Class AA and the lowest score of any girl in the regional.
The tournament was played in shotgun format, so Lohr opened on No. 17, a par-4.
Lohr hit a rough patch midway through her round with a triple bogey-8 on No. 5.
“I hit one club too short into the high grass,” said Lohr. “I had my one three-putt.”
Lohr compensated for the tough hole late in the round, though.
“I eagled No. 13 (another par-5). I chipped in for eagle,” said Lohr.
Lohr returns to the PIAA Championship at Heritage Hills in York on Monday and Tuesday, but this time around in the boys tournament.
“It felt the same (as any other round of golf) only because they (her playing partners) didn’t treat me bad,” explained Lohr. “But, I didn’t think I’d be this high on the scoreboard. I only made it by one stroke last year.
“My goal was to shoot 3-over (75). I knew that was a solid number and I’d advance.”
Lohr had hoped to have her older sister Delaney playing in the girls state championship, but the elder Lohr finished in 18th place in the girls Class AA qualifier with 18-over 90, missing the playoff at 11th place by two strokes.
Rugola’s older sister Danae had the tendency to have one poor hole lead to anxious moments as the scores were totaled to see if one of the five (out of 10 golfers) spots would be hers.
Adena Rugola, too, had an anxious moment or two, but managed to survive the the anxiety to earn a berth into her first Class AAA state final tied for third with a 7-over 79.
“I can’t make it easy,” Rugola said with a smile. “Every hole I felt like I was scrambling.”
Rugola opened on No. 10 and hit her rough spot late in the round.
“No. 3,” Rugola said when asked about bad holes. “I had a triple. I rolled my tee shot into the weeds. I didn’t have a drop, so I re-teed. I hit a good shot. I hit a decent shot on the green. I told myself a two-putt and I’d be fine, but I three-putted.”
Rugola had it rolling early, though.
“The first few holes were beautiful. It made me believe I would score very good today,” said Rugola. “I started with a birdie. But, I had bogey on Nos. 14, 15 and 16. I told myself I need to stop this streak. I made par on Nos. 17 and 18.
“After the third hole (playing her back nine), I had par. From that point on I played the rest of the holes 1-over.”
Rugola wanted to advance to states, but still wants to accomplish big things.
“It’s not changing. My goal was to make states and my goal is always to win,” added Rugola.
Meghan Zambruno finished alone in second place in Class AA with a 7-over 79.
“I had a lot of good holes, but I had a triple (bogey) and two doubles that ruined the good holes,” said Zambruno, who also had a couple birdies.
Zambruno had a simple approach to the regional tournament, saying, “I just want to move on and get to states again.”
Zambruno had hoped her twin sister Ella would be joining her, but she lost in a playoff for the 11th and final berth after shooting 16-over 88.
However, the sisters will have one last opportunity to golf together with Greensburg Central Catholic playing in the Class AA team championship.
Sethman positioned herself front and center of the Class AA leaderboard after her score of 8-over 80 was posted. The junior’s score not only stood against the field, but was good enough to finish in a three-way tie for third place for her first trip to the state final.
“I had some unlucky shots, but no specifically bad holes,” said Sethman. “I didn’t know right on No. 18 was out of bounds. It shouldn’t be. My ball kick five feet out of bounds.
“It was all about the same, steady. The whole time I didn’t feel I was playing good, but I was. I’m surprised I shot 80.”
Sethman said she didn’t feel any pressure to advance through the regional after coming close last year.
“No, I didn’t think about it. I played my round like it’s Sunday,” said a smiling Sethman.
Mount Pleasant’s Tim Pisula had a rough start to his round when his tee shot on No. 16, a par-3 to an elevated green, bounced off the cart path out of bounds. He finished with a 9-over 81 to miss the Class AA cut by two strokes.
“My first tee shot went OB. Not a good start, to say the least,” said Pisula. “I was focused on getting pars. I had an eagle on No. 4, then went bogey-par-bogey.”
Geibel Catholic freshman Claire Konieczny finished tied for 19th place in Class AA with a 23-over 95.