The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 3, 2012

High school golf: New site, format for district tournament

By The Daily Item
The Daily Item

WILLIAMSPORT — New site, new format, same contenders.

The District 4 Golf Championships begin two days of competition this morning at the Williamsport Country Club, a first-time host of the event. Seventy-eight players (17 girls and 61 boys) are scheduled to tee off today beginning at 10. The team champion will be determined today with the best four scores for each team added together and the lowest score winning the team title. In addition, the top individual scorers advance to Saturday’s final round, where individual champs will be crowned.

A dozen golfers will qualify for the East Regional on Oct. 16 at Golden Oaks Golf Club in Fleetwood. The top three girls in Class AA, the top AAA female finisher, the top six AA boys and the top two AAA boys all advance to the regional, a change from the past where classifications did not matter. Golfers must then advance through regionals to the state meet later in the month.

Several Valley teams will be in contention for the team title today and a handful of Valley players will be in the mix on Saturday for the individual crown.

A year ago Central Columbia, which finished second to Danville in the Heartland Athletic Conference Division II race, upset both the Ironmen and HAC-I champion Selinsgrove to win the team title. This year the Ironmen are once again one of the favorites after going 29-1 in the HAC-II, finishing six games ahead of Lewisburg. Other Valley teams expected to be in the mix today for the team title will be HAC-I champion Shikellamy and runner-up Midd-West, which finished four matches behind the Braves.

In the individual race, Shikellamy’s C.J. Tyler won his first career individual title a year ago after edging Central’s Derek Duttry by a single stroke. Tyler returns to defend his title and is looking to go one step farther after missing the state championship event by one stroke at regionals. Expected to be right on Tyler’s heels are Danville teammates Austin Renz and Robbie Seebold, as well as Central Columbia’s C.J. Hollister and Duttry, Selinsgrove’s Colin Rice and Tyler’s teammate Dakota Portzline. Tyler, Duttry and Renz finished 1-2-3 a year ago with Tyler and Renz both finishing one stroke out of qualifying for states.

On the girls’ side, four-time champ Danielle Griffin of Jersey Shore has graduated, opening the door for Loyalsock’s Taylor Krout, last year’s runner-up. Krout has the district’s best score entering this week’s event and is trying to return to regionals, as is Lewisburg’s Casssidy Smith.