Meghan Zambruno was unable to match her opening round score in Tuesday’s final day of the PIAA Class AA Individual Golf Championship and the Greensburg Central Catholic sophomore slipped to fourth place on the leaderboard.
Brownsville junior Lindsay Sethman moved into the top-10 on the Class AA leaderboard, while Uniontown sophomore Adena Rugola sliced eight strokes off her opening day score and Carmichaels junior Remmey Lohr matched her first-round score.
The second round was played in a shotgun format due to the forecast of poor weather conditions.
Zambruno shot 3-over 75 in the first round and held a one-stroke lead over North East’s Lydia Swan and Rockwood’s Vileska Gelpi heading into the final 18 holes at Heritage Hills Golf Resort & Conference Center in York. But, Zambruno finished with an 80, opening the door for Swan and Gelpi to pull ahead into a tie for first place after both golfers shot 75 for a two-day total of 151.
Swan won the playoff for the gold medal.
Zambruno was alone in fourth place with a two-round total of 11-over 155. She joins twin sister Ella and her Lady Centurion teammates today to defend their state team championship.
“I had a double bogey on my 16th hole (No. 4),” said Zambruno, who started on No. 7. “I flew the green and couldn’t see the flag coming back.
“I didn’t have any holes to recover. I ran out of holes.”
Zambruno said she expects to be ready to help her teammates win another state title.
“I need to put this round behind me. I want to shoot another round in the 70s,” added Zambruno.
Sethman, playing in her second state final, improved by five strokes for a 10-over 82 in the second round and a two-day total of 169.
“I had more good ones (holes) today,” said Sethman, who started on the ninth hole. “I had a good nine holes, the back nine, and a bad nine holes, the front nine.
“All of the holes on the back nine were either pars or bogeys.”
Sethman shot 38 on the back nine, eight strokes better than Monday’s round. She played the front nine (her back nine) in 44, three strokes higher than in the first round.
“My driver was slicing. I kept trying to get rid of (the slice), but it wouldn’t go,” explained Sethman. “My irons were not that great and my putting was okay. I left a couple out there.”
Sethman was pleased with her finish, adding, “I am technically the ninth-best player in the state.”
Lohr had an issue with her driver in the first round, but made amends with the club Tuesday to finish with her second round of 85 to tie for 30th place in the boys Class AA championship.
“I’m friends with my driver. We worked on the range,” said Lohr, who started on No. 17. “My driver was not good and my putter was good in the first round, and my driver was good and my putter was not good in the second round.
“(Her putter) had its moments, but the whole time it was not good.”
She birdied No. 1 again, but had issues with the eighth hole by taking an eight on the par-3, including a four-putt and lost ball.
Lohr had no expectations of playing her way onto the medal stand, so she just went out and looked to play a solid round.
“It was just awesome to be here. I just went out and played. I had no expectations,” said Lohr. “Actually, the was my favorite group of boys. They talked to me. I felt like I was one of the boys.”
While Sethman will kick back for a bit, Lohr remains busy with cheerleading, playing trombone in the concert band, the upcoming musical and dance.
Rugola had a better round Tuesday with a 5-over 77 for a two-day score of 18-over 162. She finished alone in 11th place.
Rugola managed to stay away from big numbers in the final round.
“I eliminated doubles (bogeys) and others. My biggest score was a bogey,” said Rugola. “I had one birdie on No. 5, a drop down par-3. My tee shot was great and I made the 3-foot putt.”
Rugola said of the turnaround in her score, “I could hit the ball today. My approach shots were more solid and closer. I only had two 3-putts versus six yesterday.
“My goal was to score in the 70s. I didn’t want to make any big scores. I had 11 pars today.”
Rugola feels the 77 after shooting 85 in the first round will have some carryover.
“This makes a lot of pressure come off of me, instead of vice versa,” said Rugola.
Riverside’s Skyler Fox won the boys Class AA title with an even-par 144. Central York’s Carson Bacha dominated Heritage Hills, shooting 67 on both days for a two-round score of 10-under 134 to take the boys Class AAA gold medal.
Wissahickon’s Elizabeth Beek and Lower Merion’s Sydney Yermish both had a two-round total of 146 in girls Class AAA, but Beek won the playoff for the state title.