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PATRICK STROHECKER, 505-5402/@P_StroheckerYAIAA Golf

In the program’s history, the Central York golf team had never even made it to the PIAA Boys’ Class 3-A State Championship until this year.

That, in itself, was a feat.

Still, head coach Sean Guerin and the players felt they had as good a chance as any to capture the state title. So, when the Panthers wound up taking third place overall with a four-player team score of 307 at Heritage Hills Golf Resort on Wednesday, there was reason to be disappointed.

“It’s a little disappointing to come up a little bit short at the end,” Guerin said. “But, like you said, the third-best team in the state, man, that’s quite an accomplishment for these young kids.”

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In an individual golf tournament, each player acts as his or her own team.

Without others to rely on, the player is left to find any and every advantage possible. That can manifest itself in actions such as upgrading equipment and taking lessons.

One of the real advantages to the sport is often referred to as “local knowledge.”

With Tuesday’s PIAA individual state golf championships being held at York’s Heritage Hills Golf Resort, Central York junior Julianne Lee carried that edge in her bag.

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Dallastown senior Blake Sebring has 18 holes left in his high school golf career.

He didn’t give any attention to that thought until he was asked about it after the first round of the PIAA Class 3-A Boys’ Golf Championship on Monday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort.

Of course, after battling windy and chilly conditions in the state tournament, he has more pressing thoughts to worry. Chief among those is the fact that he’s right in the thick of the individual state tournament after posting a 3-over-par 74, putting him just five strokes out of the lead and in a tie for eighth with one round to play.

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Over the past two months, York County sports fans have been witnesses to an historic high school season, and many of them probably aren’t even aware of it.

Why is that?

Because the sport is golf.

Golf is often considered a niché activity, reserved mostly for upper-income folks who can afford the expensive equipment and greens fees.

Spectators are usually minimal, limited mostly to friends, family and coaches, even for York-Adams League, District 3 or PIAA events. There are no bands, no cheerleaders, no packed stands and certainly no Friday night lights.

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Central York golf coach Sean Guerin said the PIAA East Regional Golf Tournament is all about surviving and advancing.

Of the four stages of postseason high school golf — league, districts, regionals and states — only the league and regional tournaments are a single round. So, in order to advance to the sport’s highest stage on the high school circuit, it all comes down to 18 holes in regional competition.

On Monday, seven York County golfers advanced past the regional stage, held at Golden Oaks Golf Club in Berks County, and will now move on to next week’s PIAA state tournament, held at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York County.

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Spend just 10 minutes with Susquehannock junior Kendel Abrams and you’ll quickly understand what the game of golf truly means to her.

Abrams is a student of the game, not just a player of it. She looks for any sort of connection from the game’s past to relate to her own life. She also knows that it’s her duty, not just as a 16-year-old girl, but also an African-American, to help promote the sport to those from her own background.

It’s a sport that’s helped her travel around the country and compete against players from all over the world.

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In golf, a round can ultimately be determined by how well a course suits a player’s style.

It’s safe to say that Briarwood Golf Club’s East Course suits Central York junior Joe Parrini’s style just fine.

After being the low man during the Panthers’ York-Adams League team championship match last Wednesday at Briarwood, Parrini continued to dominate the course on Monday in the league individual championships. A hot stretch of four straight birdies late in his round took a good round and turned it into a great one. Parrini finished with a 3-under par 69, six strokes better than the nearest competitor.

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