Consistency is one of the most important things to focus on when it comes to golf. Unfortunately for the Elizabethtown Area High School golf team, that’s something that’s been lacking thus far in 2019. As a result, the Bears are in danger of slipping down the standings in Section Two of the Lancaster-Lebanon League.
The team went to Warwick’s home course, Overlook, on Thursday, Aug. 29, grinding to a third-place finish with a team score of 367, just four strokes ahead of fourth-place Ephrata (371). Warwick (332) was able to stay unbeaten, while Garden Spot (344) took second. Solanco (392) and Conestoga Valley (453) rounded out the field.
Junior Alex Williams led Elizabethtown in scoring for the second straight match, finishing with an 81, tying for third among all golfers with Solanco freshman Logan Wagner. Williams shot a 41 on the front nine, comprised of a birdie, a par and seven bogies. He had a 40 on the back nine, starting with a birdie and three pars before tallying two bogeys and two doubles during the last five holes.
Junior Tyler Souders did well in his first varsity match, shooting an 88. Elizabethtown’s other qualifying golfers were junior Westin Kolaric (98) and senior Alex O’Shea (100). Seniors Andrew Telenko (101) and Will Schaffer (110) competed as well.
The team had another match on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Meadia Heights, the home course for Conestoga Valley. Most of the field struggled, with only Wagner (79) shooting below an 80. As such, the scores were a lot lower than usual. Warwick stayed undefeated by taking first with a team score of 349. Ephrata managed second with a 367, while Garden Spot was third with a 378.
The Bears were unable to handle the course’s difficulty, limping to fourth place with a 395, just 10 strokes ahead of fifth-place Solanco (405). The loss knocked them down to fourth in Section Two as well. Conestoga Valley was once again last with a 478.
Williams played better than most, tying for second in the field with an 85, matched with Warwick senior Ethan Minnich. He started well, tallying four pars and three bogies before hitting a double on the eighth and a quadruple (his first of the season) on the ninth, dropping him to a 44. Williams finished strong though, finishing with four pars and five bogies on the back for a 41.
Kolaric was the only other Bear to finish below 100, hitting a 95. He had the only birdie for the team on the day but was marred by a triple and a quadruple. Souders (104) and Schaffer (111) made up the remaining team points for Elizabethtown, while Telenko (120) and sophomore Jolene Markley (127) filled out the other two spots in the lineup.
Elizabethtown (11-9) will have a week off before returning to action at Honeybrook, Garden Spot’s home course, on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The Bears will then conclude the regular season at Fox Chase, Ephrata’s home course, on Monday, Sept. 16.