There was no dominant golfer or golf team in the Lancaster-Lebanon League this fall.
There is an opportunity to make this season special for a handful of LL golfers at next week’s PIAA Championship, which will be held Monday and Tuesday at the Heritage Hills Resort in York.
“I don’t know of any kid who are super big favorites,” District Three Class AA champion Jack Novis of Lancaster Catholic said on Monday. “I just think, play my game, play well, and I should be able to position myself.”
Novis won Districts last week in Briarwood, also in York County, with a total of 153, including 72 in the first round. His 81 in the final round came in colder, windier conditions on a day when only one AA player won 80, and that round was a 79.
Novis Crusader teammate Gavin Badger also qualified for the States, finishing eighth in Districts with a total of 169.
In the AAA boys, at Honey Run in York County, Logan Wagner, a junior at Solanco, and Matt Wilson senior of Lampeter-Strasburg tied for fourth at 150.
Wagner secured a berth in the United States Golf Association‘s junior championship in North Carolina last summer. Wilson led an LS team that won LL Section Three and won the overall league title.
Matt’s brother Ben shot 151 to tie for 10th. Ben Feeman of Cedar Crest, the first round leader in the Districts, was 12th with a total of 151. Senior Warwick Tyson Mitchell shot a pair of 77 for a total of 154, good for a tie for 18th.
On the girls’ side, Cedar Crest senior Jill Fidler continued her strong playoffs, finishing second in the districts to champion Makensy Knaub of Dallastown. Fiddler’s final round of 75 was the best women’s score of the day by four shots.
Penn Manor’s Kenan Diggs, who shot 163, and Warwick freshmen Elle Overly, who shot 168, also advanced to the AAA category.
Savannah Miller, of Lancaster Catholic, was the only girl qualified for State AA, who shot 188.
LS finished second behind Dallastown for the AAA tag team title. In AA, Lancaster Catholic was a finalist in Boiling Springs.
If you’re looking for favorites for the state title, on the girls’ side there’s Camp Hill‘s Page Richter, who won her third district title (and COVID-19 likely cost a fourth here), shooting 69- 73-142 to win AA by 19 strokes.
Her total was lowest in either male or female districts (girls play shorter tees).
On the boys’ side, Downingtown sophomore Nick Gross is a nationally ranked junior who finished third in the AAA States last year in freshman. Gross was named the American Junior Golf Association All-American on Tuesday.
District three men’s champion Brady Davidson of Cumberland Valley finished eighth in the AAA standings a year ago.
Heritage Hills is a par-71 that is played approximately 6,700 yards from the championship tees.
Novis said he plans to play a practice round there on Wednesday.
âI played it in a two-day event a few years ago,â he said. âI’ve heard mixed reviews about it, but I think it’s doable if you play well. “
The state tournament is one round only, AA Monday, AAA Tuesday.
The State Tag Team Championships, for which no LL teams are qualified, will be played on October 25, also at Heritage Hills.