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Trojan trio plays in D-11 golf

Three Parkland golfers competed in postseason play last week.

With the East Penn Conference not holding postseason events among league schools, District 11 tournaments were the only postseason opportunity for the league’s golfers this season.

Parkland’s Jimmy Kelly finished second in the District 11 Class 3A qualifying tournament at Olde Homestead Golf Course.

Kelly made three bogeys and a birdie to finish his round at 2-over par 74, two shots out of first place and in a two-way tie for second with TJ Bohl of Nazareth. Kelly parred every hole on the back nine.

The top half of the 32-player boys field advanced to the District 11 Championship, held last Wednesday at the Steel Club in Hellertown.

Parkland’s Sydni Sundstrom and Danielle Crenshaw played in the girls district qualifier at Olde Homestead and both earned a spot in the district championship field. Sundstrom shot 103 for sixth place in the 15-player girls field, while Crenshaw was two shots behind in seventh place at the qualifier.

Crenshaw was the highest Trojan finisher in the championship tournament. She shot 94 at the Steel Club to earn fifth place and a district medal.

Sundstrom carded a 100 at the district championship for eighth place overall.

Kelly tied for 19th in the boys tournament with an 87. After shooting 46 on the front nine with six bogeys and two doubles bogeys, Kelly regrouped and played the back in 6-over par 41, making one birdie, four bogeys and one double bogey on his inward nine.

Liberty senior Jordan Barker won the boys Class 3A individual title. After carding a double bogey on the first hole, Barker played the rest of the round at 3-under par to finish at 1-under par 71. He beat his brother Jase, a Liberty freshman, by one stroke.

The Barkers led Liberty to the Class 3A team title.

Emmaus junior Evelyn Wong took first place in the girls tournament in a playoff. She tied Hornet teammate and defending district champ Michelle Cox at 76 then won the title on the first hole of a playoff.

In Class 2A, Ben Ortwein of Notre Dame (Green Pond) won the boys title with a 75, one stroke better than Nathan Meyers (Central Catholic) in second place. Palmerton won the boys 2A team title.

Moravian Academy’s Grace Sanborn cruised to victory in the girls Class 2A tournament. Sanborn shot 76, which was 28 strokes clear of the second-place finisher, Brooke Powis of North Schuylkill.

The top five boys and top three girls finishers in Class 3A will move on to next week’s PIAA Championships at Heritage Hills Golf Course in York.

District 11 Golf


Played at par 72 Steel Club

Class 3A Boys

(Top 5 qualify for state championship)

1. Jordan Barker (Liberty) 71, 2. Jase Barker (Liberty) 72, 3. Chase Skrapits (Nazareth) 74, 4. (tie) Jake Haberstumpf (Freedom), Matt Zerfass (Emmaus) 76, 5, 6. Jimmy Barker (Liberty) 77, 7. (tie) Jack Lorenz (Lehighton), Matt Ronca (Freedom), Matt Vital (Liberty) 78, 10. Michael Vital (Liberty) 79.

Class 3A Girls

(Top 3 qualify for state championship)

1. Evelyn Wong (Emmaus) 76*, 2. Michelle Cox 76, 3. Emma Shelby (Saucon Valley) 86, 4. Madison Salter (Northampton) 88, 5. Danielle Crenshaw (Parkland) 94.

* - won on first hole of playoff

Class 2A Boys

(Top 3 qualify for state championship)

1. Ben Ortwein (Notre Dame Green Pond) 75, 2. Nathan Meyers (Central Catholic) 76, Joe Smith (Moravian Academy) 79, 4. (tie) Tyler Hager (Palmerton), Charlie Long (Central Catholic) 81, 6. Derek Rae (Palmerton) 83, 7. (tie) Connor Reinhard (Palmerton), Josh Suto (Palmerton) 84, 9. Evan Eichenlaub (Moravian Academy) 85, 10. Jeffrey Markosky (North Schuylkill) 86.

Class 2A Girls

(Top 2 qualify for state championship)

1. Grace Sanborn (Moravian Academy) 76, 2. Brooke Powis (North Schuylkill) 104, 3. Layna Warner (Nativity) 121, 4. Maddie Von Frisch (Weatherly) 128.

PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Parkland's Danielle Crenshaw putts during the District 11 Championships at Steel Club. She placed fifth in the tournament and earned a district medal.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Parkland's James Kelly took second place at the District 11 qualifier to earn a place in last week's district championship field.