BRADFORD — The area had a big day at the District 9 Golf Championships on Monday at the Pennhills Club in Bradford, with seven golfers remaining in the hunt for Saturday’s championship round.
DuBois’ Nick Cotter is the lone golfer in Class AAA still in the hunt and stands alone in second place heading into Saturday after shooting an 87.
In Class AA, Clarion-Limestone’s Hayden Siegel (82), Elk County Catholic’s Ryan Newton (83), Ridgway’s Zack Zameroski (85), Brookville’s Dane Lyle (89), Elk County Catholic’s Brady Schneider (90) and St. Marys’ Ryan Bressler (91) advanced to Saturday.
Siegel is tied for second place after Monday’s round, while Newton is in fifth. Zameroski is tied for sixth, Lyle is tied for 12th, Schneider is tied for 14th, and Bressler just made the cut and finished the day in 16th place.
The team championships were decided on Monday, with Punxsutawney taking the Class AA race. The Chucks finished with a 341 team total, besting Elk County Catholic (359) for second place by 18 shots.
Drama unfolded in the Class AAA team standings, with host Bradford and Somerset being the only two teams in AAA. Both schools finished Monday with a team total of 382, forcing the two teams to have a one-hole playoff between all four golfers of each team.
In the end, the Chucks won the one-hole playoff, 21-24. The playoff was done on the first hole at Pennhills.
Somerset is the only school in Class AAA in District 5 that offers golf. The PIAA lumped in Somerset to play a District 5-9 Tournament starting last year. The trip from Somerset to Pennhills is a 174-mile one-way trip, or nearly four hours.
Class AAA had 13 players, with five moving on to Saturday. Bradford’s Brice Whelan is the lone golfer ahead of Cotter in the AAA individual results, coming into the clubhouse with a 79 on his home course.
Cotter’s 87 also featured a tough shot with a punch out of the trees on the 17th hole. After Cotter got it out of the thick woods, he chipped the ball onto the green for a putt of only a couple feet away and still earned a bogey.
Clearfield’s Alec Graham and Somerset’s Jacob Vanlenton are tied for third with both shooting an 88 on the day, while Somerset’s Hunter Stoy rounded out the Top 5 with a 94.
Also for DuBois, Kaleb Hand finished tied for sixth place with a 96, missing the cut by two strokes. Dayne Bauman was the only other Beaver golfer to play in the district tournament, coming in 13th place with a 107.
In Class AA, Punxsutawney’s Willie Hoover had the lowest round of anybody that took the course on Monday, helping his team to the team total with a round of 78.
Hoover leads Siegel, Kane’s Christo Park and Moniteau’s Weston Kimmey by four shots heading into Saturday.
Newton’s 83 put him in fifth place, and is two shots ahead of Karns City’s Logan Pistorius, Punxsutawney’s Ryan Roberts and Zameroski, which are all tied for sixth place.
Karns City’s Hunter Gifford and Smethport’s Connor Alfieri are tied for ninth with an 86, while Punxsy’s Easton Rend is in 11th with an 88.
Lyle and Moniteau’s Nate Tack are knotted in 12th place with an 89, while Schneider and Punxsy’s Zack VanLeer are tied for 14th with a 90. Bressler’s 91 was good for 16th place, making the cut by one stroke.
Also from the area, Clarion’s Josh Craig, Elk County Catholic’s Mark Kraus, and Ridgway’s Greg Simon all missed the cut by a shot, tying for 17th place with a 92.
C-L’s Ian Callen and ECC’s Will Uberti tied for 20th with a 94 with Moniteau’s Logan Inverso, while St. Marys teammates Brendon Rolley and Matt Bellina tied for 23rd place with both shooting a 95.
Clarion’s Cam Craig tied for 25th place with a 96 with St. Marys’ Nate Beimel and two others.
DuBois Central Catholic’s Max Forcey came in 32nd with an even 100, while teammate Tyler McIntosh tied for 34th with a 102.
Brookville’s David Cable and St. Marys’ Nick Wendel tied for 39th with a 105, while Curwensville’s Garrett Hryn shot a 106, which tied for 42nd place.
Curwensville’s Victor Rohrbacher and Elk County Catholic’s Tyler Wehler tied for 45th with a 108 to round out area participants.
Saturday’s championship round will begin at 9 a.m. at Pennhills. The Top 2 in Class AAA and Top 6 in Class AA will advance to the PIAA West Regional at Tom’s Run Golf Course in Blairsville on Oct. 16.