---- — By The Daily Item
YORK -- The nerves might have got the best of Danville golfers Robbie Seebold and Austin Renz early in Monday's opening round of the PIAA Golf Championships, but the Danville duo played themselves back into contention on the back nine.
Seebold fired a 78 and Renz was one shot back at 79 after the first round of the Class AA state meet at Heritage Hills Country Club in York. Seebold, a senior, is tied for ninth entering today's final round, while Renz is tied for 15th. Yough senior Alex Patricio and Northwestern Lehigh junior Cole Miller are tied for first after shooting opening-round 72s.
Both Seebold, the 15th place finisher at the East Regional last week, and Renz, the District 4 champion who was third at Regionals, are making their first appearance at states and they each got out of the gates slowly.
Seebold sandwiched a birdie around double-bogies on his first three holes and went out in 40. He came back strong, finishing in 38 thanks to a birdie on the 16th hole. He is tied with five other players at 78, just six shots off the lead.
Renz also had a rough start, shooting 43 on the front nine, but he kept his round together as well. The junior did not have a birdie on the front nine, then birdied No. 10 to start the back nine in style. He also birdied No. 16 and came back in 36, just one over par on the back nine.
Only Patricio, who shot 34 on the back nine, had a better final nine holes than Renz. Renz is tied with three other players, including Central Columbia's C.J. Hollister for 15th.
The individual championships will be decided today with a second round. The lowest score over the two rounds wins the title.
Seebold will tee off at 9:40 this morning while Renz starts 10 minutes later on the back nine.