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COLUMN By STEVE HEISER

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The life blood of any sport is attracting new participants.

The failure to lure the next generation of players will eventually doom any game.

The organizers of the York County Junior Golf Association know that better than anyone.

That’s why, each summer, the YCJGA offers area kids of all ability levels an opportunity to learn and appreciate the sport.

The new YCJGA season will begin on June 17 with an event at Cool Creek Golf Club. That will be the first of six regular-season tour stops.

That will be followed by the George Barton Match Play Championship at Grandview Golf Club on July 29-30.

The season will close with the annual War of the Roses contest on Aug. 8 at Meadia Heights in Lancaster, which will pit York County’s top junior golfers against Lancaster County’s best in a Ryder Cup-style event.

The YCJGA annually attracts more than 100 youngsters. That’s a good number, but the organization would like to see it grow.

“We’d like to get more girls into the program and we also would like to strengthen the boys’ side,” said Dave Childress, the new president of the YCJGA board.

Childress, who is also the Spring Grove High School coach, believes that golf offers some lessons that other sports do not.

“When I went to my first high school match as a coach I was absolutely stunned at how these kids walked down the fairway encouraging each other to play well. You don’t see that in a lot of sports. Most sports are focused on win, win, win. Our program is casual, but very competitive. That’s the way golf is meant to be played. I think the sport offers a lot of life lessons.”

Some of the golfers on the YCJGA Tour are simply outstanding, regularly posting scores in the 60s. But the tour caters to all levels of players. There’s a nine-hole division for beginners, a girls’ division, a boys’ 14-and-under division and two boys’ 18-and-under divisions, one of which plays from the white tees and one of which plays from the championship blue tees.

At the end of the season, the YCJGA Cup will be awarded to the outstanding player in each division. Those winners will be determined using a point system based on finishes in YCJGA events. The top three finishers in the 15-18 Boys’ Blue Division will earn an entry into the prestigious York County Men’s Amateur Championship. Isaiah Logue earned an entry in this manner in 2013 and ended up winning the Amateur in impressive fashion.

The YCJGA also has a new tournament director this season in Sydney Gasche, an assistant pro from Royal Manchester Golf Links. He also has some plans to improve the tour.

“We’re trying to make it more enticing for players,” he said. “A lot of the really good players want to play in more exclusive events. We’re offering more incentives to play in the YCJGA, such as better awards. We’re improving the trophies and changing the point system. Junior golfers are the future of the game. If we don’t get juniors involved we don’t have an industry anymore.”

The YCJGA organizers, with the financial help of tour sponsor Eggland’s Best and many area courses, have made it fairly cheap to compete. The cost for the 18-hole program is $60 to play, plus $15 per event. The nine-hole program costs $40, plus $8 per event. Anyone who plays golf knows those rates are inexpensive.

It’s definitely a program that’s worth checking out.

Golf is a lifetime sport that offers a large number of long-term benefits for its participants. But it’s sometimes viewed as an old man’s sport. The YCJGA is trying to change that perspective.

And it starts with getting more youngsters involved in the game.

Steve Heiser is sports editor of The York Dispatch. He can be reached at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com. For more information on the YCJGA, email ycjgatour@gmail.com.

York Dispatch Staff Report

York’s Evan Greenplate captured the boys’ 12-13-year-old division in the Plantation Junior Golf Tour’s Fairfax County Junior Tournament at Herndon Centennial Golf Club in Herndon, Va., over the weekend.

He shot rounds of 82 and 77 to win by nine strokes.

York Dispatch Staff Report

West York High School’s Josh Rinehart has committed to play golf at Penn State University.

“Josh is a tremendous athlete with solid fundamentals and a high ceiling in the game,” PSU head coach Greg Nye said.

A former competitive volleyball student-athlete for Yorktowne, Rinehart has gotten somewhat of a late start to competitive golf. In national competition, he finished within the top-25 in each of the three American Junior Golf Association events he played in during the 2013 season, highlighted by a 15th-place finish at the AJGA Annapolis Junior. He captured the title at the District 3-AAA Championship in October, before advancing to play in the regional and PIAA state championship.

“We feel that Josh’s best golf is ahead of him and we are very much looking forward to overseeing and enhancing his development here in Happy Valley,” Nye said.

Rinehart was a three-time York-Adams League champion.

York Dispatch Staff Report

Fairfield’s Isaiah Logue has done it again.

The 2013 York County Amateur champion captured his second-straight PIAA Class AA golf championship on Tuesday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York.

The senior standout fired a 2-under-par 69 on Tuesday on the 6,525-yard track, to go with the 70 he shot on Monday. That gave him a two-day total of 3-under-par 139. That was good for a two-shot victory over Northwestern Lehigh’s Cole Miller.

Miller led after a first-round 69, but settled for a 72 on Tuesday.

Logue, who is committed to play golf for NCAA Division I Liberty University next year, found himself 1-over par on the day after making a double bogey on the par-4 10th hole. He finished in style, however, going 3 under over his final eight holes, including birdies on No. 16 and No. 18.

Miller and Logue were tied heading into No. 18, a treacherous 471-yard par 4 that is rated the No. 1 handicap hole on the course. Logue’s birdie and Miller’s bogey provided the margin of victory.

The only other York-Adams golfer in the AA boys’ field was York Catholic’s Nick Geiman, who had rounds of 84 on Monday and 76 on Tuesday to finish with a 160 total. Geiman tied for 16th in the 36-player field.

In the AAA boys’ event, West York junior Axel Hartman finished tied for 24th after shooting 79 on Monday and an 82 on Tuesday for a 161 total. His teammate, senior Josh Rinehart, had scores of 79 on Monday and 84 on Tuesday to finish at 163, good for a tie for 27th in the 36-player field.

Upper St. Clair’s Grant Engel won the AAA boys’ crown with a 147 total on rounds of 74 and 73. That was eight shots behind the score that Logue posted en route to the AA crown. Engel finished two shots ahead of second-place Andrew Willner of Conestoga. First-round leader Ryan Dornes of Manheim Township struggled to a 79 Tuesday after a 72 on Monday. Dornes was still the top District 3 finisher in fourth place.

York Catholic junior Lauren Parrini finished tied for 15th in the 18-player AA girls’ field with a 185 total after rounds of 88 on Monday and 97 on Tuesday on the 5,700-yard par-72 girls’ layout. Central Valley’s Macky Fouse won the AA girls’ crown with a 152 total on scores of 75 and 77. She finished eight shots clear of second-place Joey Walz of Seton LaSalle. Kutztown’s Shannon Weber was District 3′s top finisher in fifth with a 166 total.

Mount St. Joseph’s Isabella Dillisio won the AAA girls’ championship at 148 on scores of 75 and 73. She finished two shots ahead of Pennsbury’s Jackie Rogowicz. Central Dauphin’s Allison Cooper was District 3′s top performer at 161, good for a seventh-place finish.

York Dispatch Staff Report 

Fairfield’s Isaiah Logue is in solid position in his attempt to win a second-straight PIAA Class AA state boys’ golf championship.

The Green Knight senior fired a 1-under-par 70 on Monday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York.

That puts Logue just one shot off the lead heading into Tuesday’s second-and-final round.

Northwestern Lehigh’s Cole Miller leads after the first round with a 69 on the 6,525-yard layout.

Logue is three shots ahead of two golfers who are tied for third place.

Another York-Adams golfer didn’t fare as well in Monday’s AA boys’ action. York Catholic junior Nick Geiman fired an 84 at Heritage Hills and is in 26th place in the 36-player field.

In Class AAA boys’ action, two West York golfers — senior Josh Rinehart and junior Axel Hartman — shot identical 79s on Monday. That left them seven shots behind the leader, Manheim Township’s Ryan Dornes. Rinehart and Hartman are tied for 16th in the 36-player field.

In Class AA girls’ action, York Catholic junior Lauren Parrini fired a 16-over-par 88 and is tied for 11th in the 18-player field. Central Valley’s Macky Fouse leads the AA girls’ field after shooting a 75, which is 13 shots ahead of Parrini.

Lauren Waller leads in AAA girls after shooting a 73.

OTHER GOLF

YORKER WINS JUNIOR EVENT: York’s Joe Parrini shot rounds of 81 and 80 to win the 14-and-under division in the International Junior Golf Tour event at Penn State’s Blue Course.

Parrini won the tournament by two strokes. It was Parrini’s fourth IJGT victory of the season.

York Dispatch Staff Report

Five York-Adams League golfers have advanced to the PIAA State Championships.

York Catholic’s Nick Geiman led the local players at Tuesday’s East Regional Qualifying Tournament at Royal Oaks Golf Club in Fleetwood.

Geiman fired a 2-under-par 70 to finish tied for second in Class AA. Northwestern Lehigh’s Cole Miller is the only golfer to finish ahead of Geiman. Miller fired a 68.

Fairfield’s Isaiah Logue, the defending state AA champion, also moved on by finishing sixth with a 73.

The top 16 players in the 30-player AA field moved on the PIAA tournament.

In AAA, West York’s Axel Hartman and Josh Rinehart each fired 74s to tie for 14th, which also qualified them for the state tournament.

The top 24 players in the 50-player AAA field advanced. Central York’s Gus Minkin fired a 79 to tie for 38th. He did not make the cut.

Bishop Shanahan’s Kevin Connors led the AAA golfers at Royal Oaks with a 67. Manheim Township’s Ryan Dornes was second at 69.

In girls’ action, York Catholic’s Lauren Parrini shot an 88 to tie for seventh in the AA event in Fleetwood. That score was just good enough to advance Parrini to the state tournament. The top eight players in the 14-player AA field moved on. Kutztown’s Shannon Weber finished first in AA with a 76.

Spring Grove’s Victoria Ross also shot an 88, but that wasn’t good enough to advance in AAA. She finished tied for 17th in the 25-player AAA field. The top 12 advanced to the PIAA event. Council Rock North’s Erica Herr finished first in AAA at 71.

 

The PIAA Individual Championships are set for Monday and Tuesday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort and Conference Center in York.

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT 854-1575 x455 / @YAIAAscores

Nick Geiman watches his tee shot en route to winning the York County Junior Golf Association Match Play Championship. (BILL KALINA — bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)

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For the West York golf team, Tuesday’s District 3 Team Championships at Briarwood East was likely its last, and best, shot at winning a coveted district crown.

For the York Catholic contingent, it may have been just the first act in what looks to be a bright future.

Ultimately, however, the day had a bittersweet ending for both teams.

The Bulldogs, who lost the District 3-AAA title to Manheim Township two years ago on a tiebreaker, again came agonizingly close. Despite an outstanding round of 3-under 69 from senior Josh Rinehart, West York failed to take down the two-time defending champion Blue Streaks.

Manheim Township earned its third-straight district title with a team score of 304. Chambersburg finished second with a 305, while the Bulldogs were just three strokes behind at 307.

The drama was even greater in Class AA. The Fighting Irish were in a heated battle with defending champion Wyomissing. Even with Nick Geiman’s incredible 5-under 67 and Matt McKim’s 1-under 71, the York-Adams Division III champions were edged by a stroke. The Spartans finished at 304 against York Catholic’s 305.

While neither York County squad will compete in the PIAA State Team Championships, several golfers, such as Rinehart and Geiman, will still compete at this weekend’s District 3 Individual Championships, again at Briarwood East.

That wasn’t much consolation to West York coach Bill Ackerman.

“This was our time,” said Ackerman, who ironically is a graduate of Manheim Township. “That’s what is disappointing. It’s frustrating that this is the second time in three years that we’ve come within a couple of strokes.”

Ackerman pointed to last week’s York-Adams League Team Championship event, where his Bulldogs shot a team score of 302 in comparison. A repeat of that would have netted the veteran West York coach a triumph over his alma mater.

“We didn’t play as well as we did last week,” he said. “But that’s golf. Josh played like he’s supposed to play — like a No. 1 man. He played very well. It was just a couple strokes here and there, but that’s the nature of the beast.”

Despite the agony of defeat fresh in his mind, Ackerman was quick to point out the accomplishments of his senior-laden quintet — Rinehart, Axel Hartman, Chris Stolakis, Brady Lucas and Kevin Rice.

“I’m proud of the kids,” he said. “Winning the county title three out of four years and coming this close, twice, to winning a district title. I don’t take any solace in it, but I’m definitely very proud of the kids.”

The Irish, on the other hand, are a much younger bunch. Only McKim and Clint Bohn are seniors. York Catholic coach Bill Brander figures his squad will only get better next year.

Still, even a slight improvement would have been critical on Tuesday for Brander and his team.

“(Wyomissing’s) other three guys were better than our other three guys,” Brander said. “That’s all that there is to it. One stroke, it’s just one stroke.”

The Irish, who finished second to West York at the league event with a team score of 318, improved that by 13 strokes on Tuesday. The biggest reason was the play of Geiman.

“Nick shot a 69 last week at counties and a 67 today, and I just hope that carries over into districts on Friday and Saturday,” Brander said. “And I think it will. His maturity level has really grown. I think he’s become much more mature and I think he’s handling everything that’s happening to him well. He’s staying level.”

Geiman got off to a fast start with back-to-back birdies. His highlight moment, however, came on No. 17, where he carded a eagle.

“I had about 170 yards left and I hit a beautiful shot,” Geiman said. “I hit it right at (the pin) and left it about 20 feet. Then I hit my putt, and I hit it exactly like I wanted to, and I said ‘that can’t be short.’ And it stopped on the lip and dropped in.”

While Geiman’s 67 was the best round on the day, perhaps more important was the 71 carded by McKim.

“Matt McKim shot his best score ever today,” Brander said. “I asked him if he shot his best round ever and he said ‘yes’ and I just said ‘well you gave it your best.’ And that’s all that you can do.”

While Brander was hoping his team could bring home the first District 3 golf title to the area since York High won the last of four district titles back in 1955, he still feels good about his team’s future.

“I don’t want anybody to beat themselves up over this,” he said. “I want them to come back here next year and maybe win it. Because we’re going to have a really good team. Nick’s back, we’ve got Andrew (Forjan), who’s a freshman this year, and he’s going to get better.

“And we have a kid named Joey Parrini, who’s averaging a 75 on the junior tour right now. And we have his sister, Lauren, and even Jake Krevetski, who didn’t finish up the year with us for one reason or another, and he’s going to be back after averaging an 84. So we have a very promising future.”

– Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

DISTRICT III BOYS’ TEAM GOLF CHAMPI ONSHIPS

At Briarwood East Golf Course

(Top four scores out of five count)

Class AAA

1. Manheim Township (304); 2. Chambersburg (306); 3. West York (307), Rinehart, 69; Hartman, 76; Stolakis, 79; Rice, 83; Lucas, 94. 4. Conrad Weiser (324).

Class AA

1. Wyomissing (304); 2. York Catholic (305), Geiman, 67; McKim, 71; Forjan, 83; DePorter, 84; Stewart, 84. 3. Lancaster Catholic (320); 4. Boiling Springs (341); 5. Veritas Academy (370); 6. Newport (372).

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT 854-1575 x455 / @YAIAAscores

Nick Geiman of York Catholic won his first York-Adams league title on Thursday. (BIL BOWDEN — For The York Dispatch)
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There’s little doubt that a single day can make a tremendous difference.

York Catholic golfer Nick Geiman proved that point on Thursday afternoon.

The Fighting Irish junior learned a lot about the Briarwood East Golf Course during Wednesday’s York-Adams League Team Golf Championship, when he shot a 3-over-par 75.

Geiman used his experience from the day before to his advantage in Thursday’s York-Adams League Individual Golf Championship at the same site. Geiman improved by six strokes to finish tied for first with Red Lion’s Dylan Reichard at 3-under 69 after 18 holes.

The lefty then needed just two holes to get the better of Reichard during a playoff. Geiman drained a 20-foot birdie putt to best the Lion standout by a stroke en route to his first York-Adams League title.

Both golfers were part of a group of 23 that qualified for next week’s District 3 Tournament. Geiman is the first of six York-Adams golfers in Class AA, while Reichard heads a 17-man local contingent in Class AAA.

On the girls’ side, Spring Grove’s Victoria Ross earned her second league title after shooting a 2-over 72 at Briarwood West. York Catholic’s Lauren Parrini finished second with an 81, while Northeastern’s Alyssa Demangone was third with an 85.

Having the advantage of playing the same course two straight days was a big key for Geiman.

“I think it was huge, because the pins were exactly the same,” he said. “I really knew how the greens were going to hold, because they didn’t hold too well. They were really firm and we had to run a lot of shots up there today. So, yeah, it was a huge advantage.”

Geiman couldn’t, however, give all of the credit for his championship-clinching putt to his skill. He did allow for a little luck.

“I didn’t hit a bad putt, but as soon as I hit it I thought it was low,” said Geiman, who can add this championship to the one he won at Out Door Country Club this summer. “But it straightened out at the end. It’s a good thing it hit the hole, because it was a bit (hard).”

Victoria Ross of Spring Grove won the girl’s title with a 2-over 72. (BIL BOWDEN — For The York Dispatch)
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While Reichard had to settle for second, it was nevertheless a breakthrough performance for the Red Lion junior. Reichard failed to qualify for districts a year ago and will now head there atop the league field after matching a personal-best 3-under.

“I wasn’t expecting it,” Reichard said. “Maybe a couple over, but I was just making a lot of putts.”

West York’s Josh Rinehart finished third after shooting a 2-under 70 for the second day in a row. The three-time league champion was one of three Bulldogs to finish within the top eight. Chris Stolakis, 74, and Axel Hartman, 73, were the others.

Dallastown’s Byron Markle took fourth at 1-under 71, while Fairfield’s Isaiah Logue finished fifth at even-par 72. Logue is the defending PIAA Class AA state champion.

While Reichard and Geiman needed a playoff to decide a victor, Ross made such an event unnecessary, besting Parrini by nine strokes.

“My confidence level was a lot better,” said Ross, who improved her score by 10 strokes after shooting an 82 in last year’s event. “And I played with Alyssa and Lauren, so I knew who I had to beat.”

Ross nearly carded an eagle on the par-4 16th hole. The Rocket standout nearly holed out after a chip from 20 yards, but settled for a one-foot birdie instead.

“It was an easy birdie putt,” she said. “So that was definitely my best hole.”

Perhaps the only sad note from Thursday’s event came with the failure of the Northeastern girls’ team to once again qualify for districts. The Bobcats missed the cut by 13 strokes, shooting a combined 413.

Despite that fact, Coach Wayne Jacobs will still guide Demangone and Emily Gross (102) into the district field next week.

Jacobs, however, was clearly disappointed that he couldn’t bring the rest of his group because of what he feels is an overly strict entry requirement.

“To qualify for districts (in girls) you have to shoot a 104 or better,” Jacobs said. “For a team, you take your four best scores and to qualify you have to shoot 400, which is the same (criteria) as to make states. So I could have had every girl on my team make districts, but not as a team. So c’mon now, you have to go one way or the other.”

– Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT 854-1575 x455 / @YAIAAscores

West York’s Josh Rinehart fired a 2-under-par 70 at Briarwood East Golf Course on Wednesday to lead West York to its third York-Adams League Team Golf Championship in the past four years. (JOHN PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)

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It started about three years ago, just before the York-Adams League Golf Championship.

That’s when former West York golf standout Aislynn Merling came up with the idea to put the word “now” on the Bulldogs’ golf balls.

It was an attempt to keep her teammates in the moment and to forget about the previous hole, regardless of the result.

Merling’s idea has become a tradition for the Bulldogs during play at the league event.

And it seems to work.

The West York team of Josh Rinehart, Chris Stolakis, Axel Hartman, Brady Lucas and Kevin Rice didn’t let the highs and lows of a golf round take them out of the moment. As a result, the Division II champion Bulldogs earned themselves a third league tournament title over the past four years at Wednesday’s championship against Division I champion Dallastown and Division III winner York Catholic.

Rinehart led all golfers from the three squads with a 2-under-par 70 at Briarwood East Golf Course to highlight a West York team that posted a team score of 302. The Irish finished second at 318, while the Wildcats finished at 324.

“A lot of these guys have played over the past four years and this is their third time in four years winning the county championship,” West York coach Bill Ackerman said. “That’s pretty impressive. You throw in Josh, with his three individual championships, and that’s six out of seven so far for him. So that’s pretty darn good for Josh, and he led us today. It was certainly appropriate.”

The difference — which at times was just five or six shots — grew over the final five holes. Rinehart helped the cause by shooting four under par over his final four holes, while Stolakis and Hartman finished strong as well.

“Josh going four under those last four holes certainly helped,” Ackerman said. “He eagled No. 2, which was his third-to-last hole. But that’s Josh for you. And Kevin Rice stepped up and shot an 80, which was huge. You know we had to throw away Brady’s 82 … so I’m very happy with the results.”

Nick Geiman of York Catholic blasts the ball out of the sand on the eighth hole Wednesday. (JOHN PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)
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Rinehart’s eagle on the par-5 No. 2 was without a doubt the highlight of the day.

“On No. 2 I hit a great 4-iron to make eagle,” he said. “I hit a great drive … I was 202 yards for my second shot into the green. I put it to about 10 feet and then made the putt for eagle.”

It wasn’t until after the final scores were tabulated and the Bulldogs were crowned champions again that they could finally look ahead. They celebrated by taking pictures with the league championship banner on the platform just outside the driving range.

Then, to cap it off, they doused Hartman with the remaining water and ice that was in their cooler.

Rinehart, however, knows that his team will have to live in the now again for Thursday’s York-Adams League Individual Championship and next week’s District 3 event to remain successful.

And Merling’s reminder won’t be too far away.

“She had us put the word ‘now’ on our golf balls just to remind us to stay in the moment,” Rinehart said. “And don’t get ahead of ourselves. That was the motto today and I guess it obviously paid off today.”

Notes: In addition to claiming the league title, the Bulldogs also earned the league’s berth into the Class AAA field for next week’s District 3 Championship. West York tied with Manheim Township two years ago but was denied the crown by virtue of the tie-breaker (fifth-man’s score). … York Catholic already earned the league’s Class AA berth into that same event next week. … Nick Geiman led the Irish with a 75, while Byron Markle paced Dallastown with a 78.

YORK-ADAMS LEAGUE TEAM GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS

At Par-72 Briarwood East Golf Course

Top four scores out of five count

West York (302): Rinehart (70); Hartman (74); Stolakis (78); Rice (80); Lucas (82).

York Catholic (318): Geiman (75); Forjan (78); McKim (82); DePorter (83); Bohn (91).

Dallastown (324): Markle (78); Bagnall (81); Sebring (82); Williams (83); Greenplate (84)

#YAIAA Team Golf Championship Info

Posted: September 25, 2013 in Golf

YAIAA Team Golf Championship

The three teams that will be playing on Wednesday 9/25 for the YAIAA Team Tournament Championship are Dallastown, West York and York Catholic, with a shotgun start at 1:30 PM at Briarwood East.

York Catholic has already qualified for the District 3 tournament on Oct. 1 as the league AA representative – our AAA representative will be decided on Wednesday between Dallastown and West York.

Don’t forget to follow the @YAIAAScores twitter feed for updates starting around 4 pm tonight.


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