The recent strange weather conditions in the central Pennsylvania area certainly affected the schedule for the Elizabethtown Area High School golf team. A high heat index shortened one Section Two match, while rain postponed another entirely. To the Bears’ credit, however, they did not let that affect them. In fact, they posted their best result in over three years.
The high heat index on Wednesday, Sept. 5, forced the Lancaster-Lebanon League to constrict the scheduled Section Two match at Foxchase Golf Club in Stevens, Ephrata’s home course, from the normal 18 holes to nine. Elizabethtown took advantage,finishing second with a team score of 163, just 9 strokes behind first-place Warwick. It’s the team’s best placement since the second match of 2015. The result also bumped the Bears’ record to 12-8 on the year, third in Section Two.
Sophomore Alex Williams once again had the top score for Elizabethtown, hitting under par with a final score of 33, the first time a Bears player has gone under par in a nine-hole stretch this season. He had just one bogey on the day, finishing with 3 birdies and 5 pars otherwise, and tied with Brock Fassnacht of Warwick for the best overall score of any golfer in the match.
The rest of the team had solid outings as well. Senior Connor Krisko was second with a 42, while junior Eric Gilbert and senior Matt Pottgeiser both finished with a 44. It was Pottgeiser’s best nine hole stretch of the season. Sophomore Westin Kolaric and junior Alex O’Shea added a 50 and a 52, respectively, to round out the team.
Rainy conditions forced the Conestoga Valley hosted match at Meadia Heights Golf Club in Lancaster scheduled for Monday, Sept. 10, to be postponed indefinitely. The next match on the docket for the Bears is at Tanglewood Manor Golf Club in Quarryville, Solanco’s home course, on Tuesday, Sept. 18.