By Brian Holtzapple
For The Daily Item
FLEETWOOD -- Shikellamy senior C.J. Tyler has had more than his share of close calls when it came time to qualify for the PIAA Golf Championships, but not this year.
After just barely missing out on a trip to the PIAA Class AAA championship match in each of his first three seasons with the Braves, Tyler finally got that elusive berth as he fired a 1-under-par 71 to finish tied for third overall at the East Individual Regional held Monday at Golden Oaks Golf Course.
The other golfers from the Valley who will join Tyler at states -- held this Monday and Tuesday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York -- are teammate Raven Fatool, herself a senior, plus Danville senior Austin Renz and Milton junior Katie Behnert.
"It's about time. The course got me three years in a row and I was finally able to put in a good round and get in under par," said Tyler, whose previous best on the course was an 80 he shot twice. He also shot an 81.
"At states I'm going to just try to keep hitting the ball the way I am now and try to put in two solid rounds and see what happens."
The big key for Tyler on the day was his short game, especially in the back nine where he carded a 34. He had a 37 on the front nine.
The Brave eagled the 13th and 15th holes and he also had a birdie on 17. It helped to erase a bogey he had on 16.
"I was able to make some key putts towards the end, and I hit the ball very well throughout the day -- obviously that's always good," said Tyler.
"The only thing different on the course (than in previous years) was that today was one of the nicest days of the year. There was no wind and it was gorgeous compared to other years when it was wet and windy."