The fall sports season is officially underway for Elizabethtown Area High School, as the golf team had the honor of kicking things off with its lone home match of the season against the rest of its Section Two rivals in the Lancaster- Lebanon League at Par Line Golf Course near Elizabethtown on Tuesday, Aug. 21.
Much of the day was hampered by rainy weather, though not enough to cancel the event outright. The format was tweaked slightly, with all the golfers playing the front nine of the course first in case the weather grew worse later on. The rain eventually lightened, however, so the back nine was played as well.
The Bears fought tooth and nail but were ultimately stranded in fourth place for total team score at 387, just barely behind second-place Garden Spot (379) and Ephrata (385). However, there’s plenty to be happy about; Elizabethtown failed to finish better than fifth in a match last season, so the team has already outdid its previous efforts.
Warwick far outpaced the rest of the field, finishing first at 333, while fifth-place Solanco had a total of 418. Conestoga Valley had just three golfers in attendance, finishing last as a result.
Sophomore Alex Williams had the top score for the Bears, finishing 19 strokes over par at 91. He was the lone golfer for Elizabethtown to break 50 on the front nine, tallying a score of 47. He thenfinished with a 44 on the back nine. While Williams had no birdies on the day, he did finish with 5 pars.
Junior Eric Gilbert finished second among Elizabethtown’s golfers with a score of 95. His front nine was up-and-down at 52, but he did finish strong, getting the highest nine-hole score on the team at 43. He also had 5 pars.
Senior Connor Krisko was just behind Gilbert in third with a 96. Like Williams, he also hit a 44 on the back nine. However, like Gilbert, he was less consistent on the front, hitting a 52. He did have a team-high 6 pars.
Amongst Elizabethtown’s remaining golfers, senior Matt Pottgeiser and junior Alex O’Shea each finished with a 105, while senior Frank Miele scored a 130. By finishing in fourth, Elizabethtown begins the season with a 2-3 record.
Warwick was dominant despite the poor conditions. All six Warriors golfers finished at 90 or below. Senior Brock Fassnacht, the reigning boys champion for the L-L League, had a match-high 78, while sophomore Zach Stoyer and senior Kathryn Pelensky finished at 82 and 85, respectively. Ephrata was carried by freshman Jeet Patel (85), while junior Adam Hershey (86) did the same for Garden Spot.
Section Two is scheduled to have its next match at Warwick’s home course, Overlook Golf Course in Lancaster, on Friday, Aug. 24. Garden Spot will host the next match on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Honeybrook Golf Club in Honey Brook.