After a whirlwind season, Elizabethtown Area High School juniors Alex Williams and Westin Kolaric showed out at the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships on Monday, Sept. 23, with each tying for 18th to earn their way to the District 3 Championships. However, that’d be the furthest they’d get.
Williams and Kolaric competed amongst the Class 3A boys at Briarwood Golf Club in York on Friday, Oct. 4. Both teed off from hole 9, beginning very differently; Williams shot a par, while Kolaric turned in a triple-bogey. That set the tone for the rest of the day.
Kolaric struggled over the next few holes, shooting two bogeys, a double-bogey and a triple-bogey to start at eight-over par through his first five holes. He did settle in for the rest of the back nine, parring holes 14 (par 3) and 16 (par 4), bogeying holes 15 and 18 (both par 4) and hitting a birdie on hole 17, a par 5. Kolaric finished the back nine with a 43, right in line with the rest of the field.
However, the front nine didn’t go as smoothly. Kolaric’s last eight holes consisted of 3 bogeys and 5 double-bogeys, combining with the triple-bogey on hole 9 for a 53. His final score was a 96, tying for 66th among all golfers and missing the cutdown to 36 players for day 2 by 11 strokes.
Meanwhile, Williams was generally solid for the rest of the back nine; he had a pair of pars to go along with 5 bogeys. However, a triple-bogey on hole 17 set him back somewhat, putting him at a 43, the same as Kolaric.
Williams recovered to start the front nine, hitting 3 pars and 2 bogeys on the first five holes before a double-bogey on the par-4 hole 6. Dangerously close to the cut line, he parred his final two holes to finish with a 41 on the front and an 84 overall, tying for 32nd in the field and advancing to the second day of the competition. He was one of just nine L-L players to move on.
There was more work to do in order to qualify for regionals though; only 18 Class 3A golfers would get that chance, and Williams started five strokes behind that mark. He was part of the first group to tee off on Saturday, Oct. 5, hitting a double-bogey on hole 1 (par 4). The rest of the front nine went much better; Williams birdied on holes 5 and 9 (both par 5), hitting 4 pars and 2 bogeys to finish with a 39.
After parring hole 10 and birdying hole 11 (both par 4), Williams did slip up a bit, shooting just one par on the final eight holes. He finished the day with a double-bogey on hole 18 and bogied the remaining holes for a 40 on the back nine and a 79 for the day. Alas, it wasn’t enough to get to regionals; Williams finished alone at 27th overall. On the plus side, he upped his placement from 35th in 2018; his two-day total of 163 was the same as last time. It also ranked as his second-best round of the year.
Just three L-L golfers made it to regionals, all of them from Manheim Township (senior Hamilton McNaughton, sophomore Graham Calhoun and junior league champion Connor Strine). Central York senior Carson Bacha finished 10-under par to win his second straight title.