Zerfass, Liberty win EPC golf gold
The Liberty golf team won Monday’s East Penn Conference Golf Championships, beating second-place Emmaus by 10 strokes behind Matthew Vital’s runner-up finish at Olde Homestead Golf Course.
The Hurricanes had three players in the 70s with Vital’s even-par 72, followed by Matt Ronca (77) and Jase Barker (79), who took third and fourth place overall, respectively. Michael Vital rounded out Liberty’s five-man team score of 311 with an 83.
Matt Zerfass won the boys individual title, shooting even-par 72 and beating Matthew Vital on the first playoff hole. The Hornets finished at 321, followed by Central Catholic (339) and Nazareth (345).
Matthew Vital and Zerfass were part of the first group out in the event and had a back-and-forth match going throughout the day.
A birdie on the first hole put the Hurricane ahead when Zerfass made three straight bogeys on holes 3-5, Vital was in command. A triple bogey on number 6 closed the gap and eventually Zerfass got the lead.
Vital birdied the 16th to get one stroke back, and both players birdied the 17th and parred the 18th.
Parkland, which took seventh place in the team standings, had six players in the league tournament.
Parkland’s Chloe Chase shot 93 for third place in the girls tournament with teammates Sydni Sundstrom (95, fourth place) and Danielle Crenshaw (101, sixth place) not far behind.
Emmaus senior Evelyn Wong, the defending District 11 girls champ, won this year’s EPC girls title with an 83, beating second place Madison Salter (Northampton) by even strokes.
The Trojans’ Jimmy Kelly was the top boys finisher with an 85 for 12th place. Teammates Bo Barthol (93), Drew Cole (98) and Mujtaba Jaffer (104) also competed in the league championship tournament.
1. Liberty 311, 2. Emmaus 321, 3. Central Catholic 339, 4. Nazareth 345, 5. Northampton 357, 6. Stroudsburg 361, 7. Parkland 371, 8. Pocono Mountain East 377.
1. Matt Zerfass (Emmaus) 72* (won on first playoff hole), 2. Matthew Vital (Liberty) 72, 3. Matt Ronca (Liberty) 77, 4. Jase Barker (Liberty) 79, 5. Charlie Long (Central Catholic) 80, 6. Aiden LeBlanc (Emmaus) 81, 7. Michael Vital (Liberty) 83, 8. Chase Skrapits (Nazareth) 83, 9. Jimmy Barker (Liberty) 84, 10. Nathan Myers (Central Catholic) 84, 112. Aiden Greenberg (Nazareth) 85, 12. Jimmy Kelly (Parkland) 85.
1. Evelyn Wong (Emmaus) 83, 2. Madison Salter (Northampton) 90, 3. Chloe Chase (Parkland) 93, 4. Sydni Sundstrom (Parkland) 95.