Golf tournament enters 27th year supporting education in region

Golf tournament enters 27th year supporting education in region

The 27th Annual Ed Steffey Memorial Education Open golf tournament is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 28, at the Goodyear Golf Course with a 1 p.m. tee time. Lunch will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m.

In its 27th year, the tournament has raised more than $300,000 in support of educational projects in Danville and Pittsylvania County.

The winners of the tournament will receive a set of Goodyear tires for each player on the winning team. Golfers will have opportunities to win hole-in-one and closest-to-the-pin prizes. Plus, there will be goodie bags for all of our golfers. However, the real winner will be education as all of the proceeds from the annual tournament support education in Danville and Pittsylvania County.

There are several sponsorship levels for the tournament for businesses which can accommodate golfers and non-golfers.

» Eagle Club $1,000: ludes cart fees and lunch for a team of four players, first priority for tee time, corporate recognition and https://www.asia7poker.com/ signage at the tournament, company recognition in promotional materials, and advertising recognition following the tournament. Eagle Club sponsors will also receive a complimentary round of golf for four with carts, to be used at your convenience at the Goodyear Golf Club.

In Class 3A, Dallas, formerly in Division 2, now is in Division 1 to take the Warriors’ place and joins with Tunkhannock, Pittston Area and Coughlin. The Trojans take the Mountaineers’ place in Division 2 joining Crestwood, Hazleton Area and Wyoming Valley West.

Over in Class 2A, Wyoming Area moves to Division 3 and will be competing twice against Holy Redeemer, Meyers and GAR.

Also in Class 2A, Wyoming Seminary moves from Division 3 to D4 and will play against Berwick, MMI, Hanover Area and Lake-Lehman.

Top returning golfers

Crestwood’s Evie Williams claimed the District 2 Class 3A title last season and returns for her senior season. MMI Prep’s Jessica McClellan became the first golfer in school history to reach the state tournament and also returns for her senior season.

A pair of seniors in Dallas’ Ethan Zawatski and Holy Redeemer’s Derek Answini both were first-time regional qualifiers last year in Class 3A and Class 2A, respectively.

Junior Bobby Lugiano from Lake-Lehman claimed a win in the Class 2A Pre-district Tournament as a sophomore and followed that by finishing third at districts to advance to regionals. Fellow junior Jeremy Callahan from Wyoming Seminary also reached regionals for the first time last year.

Tyler Faux, a senior from Tunkhannock, was one of the most consistent golfers last year, shooting higher than 79 in an 18-hole event just once.

Key dates

Sept. 24: Pre-district Tournament at Fox Hill Country Club; Sept. 26: WVC Team Playoffs at Fox Hill Country Club; Oct. 1: District 2 Individual Tournament at Elmhurst Country Club; Oct. 5: District 2 Team Championships at Fox Hill Country Club; Oct. 11: Subregional Team Qualifier D2 champions vs. D4 champions at Fox Hill Country Club; Oct. 15: PIAA East Regional Tournament at Golden Oaks Golf Club, Fleetwood; Oct. 22-24: PIAA Individual and Team Championships at Heritage Hills Golf Resort, York.

» President’s Club $500: ludes cart fees and lunch for a team of four players, corporate recognition and signage at the tournament, company recognition in promotional materials, and advertising recognition following the tournament.

» Team fee $400: ludes cart fees and lunch for a team of four players.

» Hole sponsor $250: ludes hole sponsor signage and recognition at the tournament, company recognition in promotional materials, and advertising recognition following the tournament.

» Dean’s list $100: ludes sponsor recognition at the tournament.

» Honor Roll $50: ludes recognition at the tournament.

This year’s tournament format will be captain’s choice, with every player’s drive being used at least twice

 

WVC golf season tees off Monday with annual Tryba Tournament

WVC golf season tees off Monday with annual Tryba Tournament

The Tryba Golf Tournament is always a good way to see how the high school golf teams are going to fare for the upcoming season.

More times than not, the winning team and golfer go on to have solid seasons.

Last year, Crestwood swept the event, winning the team title as Joe Golden claimed the lowest score. The Comets went on a historic run by advancing to the state tournament for the first time, while Golden ended up qualifying for the District 2 Class 3A Tournament.

Crestwood may not be favored in the 17th annual Tryba, which will be held on Monday at Fox Hill Country Club. Golden and Times Leader Golf MVP Shane Angle have graduated and C.J. Bono has transferred to the Philadelphia area.

“I have expectations for me and for the players, and this group is just going to take a little bit longer,” Crestwood coach https://www.indo7poker.com/ Mark Jarolen said. “The problem is that the season is so short, but we’ll be all right. We’ll be competitive. But I think Dallas will be the team to beat.”

Approximately 80 athletes from the Wyoming Valley Conference will be competing in the tournament with Crestwood’s Jeremy Harper the top returning scorer from last year. The senior finished tied for second last year with a 73.

Junior Brett Ostroski from Dallas finished right behind Harper, shooting 74, while Hazleton Area’s Jordan Pick, Lake-Lehman’s Bobby Lugiano, Holy Redeemer’s Martin Cryan and Dallas’ Ethan Zawatski all finished in the top 10.

Tunkhannock’s Tyler Faux, Dallas’ Kyle McAndrew, Hazleton Area’s Joey Rebarchak and Holy Redeemer’s Derek Answini were all one stroke away from finishing in the top 10 and return for another crack at the low score this year.

The season officially started last week with four teams opening their schedule. The other 13 teams will begin play in the Tryba.

Here are a few storylines to keep an eye on during the season-opening event and for the entire campaign.

The Mountaineer effect

Two years ago, a young Dallas team stormed through the WVC claiming team titles at the Tryba then went on to win the division and the WVC team title.

Last season, the team was in the way of Crestwood’s historic run. But there’s still plenty of athletes on the squad from the 2016 championship run.

Seniors Kyle McAndrew, Ethan Zawatski and Colin Bowanko all played in the Tryba last year, as did juniors Brett Ostroski and Cooper Kelley. Ostroski finished in the top 9 in the tournament last time.

The sleepers

Hazleton Area finished in third place in Division 2 just behind Dallas and Crestwood. This year, the Cougars could be a definite threat to upend the Comets. Seniors Jordan Pick and Brady Antolick both had a solid campaign in 2017, while Joey Rebarchick sank a hole in one at last year’s Tryba.

“I think Hazleton is going to have a good year and probably is the team to beat in our division” Jarolen said. “I think they’re pretty good.”

Tunkhannock claimed the Division 1 championship a year ago but will have tougher competition now being in the same division with Dallas. Still, the Tigers had four underclassmen last year lead the squad at the Tryba. Now seniors, Tyler Faux and Dylan Mislevy are joined by juniors Nick Budner and Coby Gilpin with a year of experience under their belts.

Around Class 2A

While Crestwood, Dallas, Hazleton Area and Tunkhannock are four of the top teams in Class 3A, Holy Redeemer put itself back in the catbird seat as being the top in Class 2A last year.

The Royals graduated just two standouts from last year’s team and return district qualifiers in Derek Answini D2 runner-up, Martin Cryan, Jack Gallis and Sergei Scaramastro.

The Royals should once again finish atop Division 3, while Meyers, Wyoming Area and GAR don’t quite have the firepower to match them.

MMI Prep claimed the Division 4 title last season before falling to the Royals in the league championship match. Wyoming Seminary joins the division this season in what could be a very even field. Lake-Lehman was two-time division champ in 2015 and 2016 and is back on the upswing this season, while Hanover Area and Berwick should be competitive as well.

Divisional realignment

Nanticoke and Wyoming Area changed classifications for this season with the Trojans bumping up to Class 3A and the Warriors moving down to 2A.

Because of those teams changing classifications, realignment was needed. It also gave a chance to move other squads around for geographical purposes.

In Class 3A, Dallas, formerly in Division 2, now is in Division 1 to take the Warriors’ place and joins with Tunkhannock, Pittston Area and Coughlin. The Trojans take the Mountaineers’ place in Division 2 joining Crestwood, Hazleton Area and Wyoming Valley West.

Over in Class 2A, Wyoming Area moves to Division 3 and will be competing twice against Holy Redeemer, Meyers and GAR.

Also in Class 2A, Wyoming Seminary moves from Division 3 to D4 and will play against Berwick, MMI, Hanover Area and Lake-Lehman.

Top returning golfers

Crestwood’s Evie Williams claimed the District 2 Class 3A title last season and returns for her senior season. MMI Prep’s Jessica McClellan became the first golfer in school history to reach the state tournament and also returns for her senior season.

A pair of seniors in Dallas’ Ethan Zawatski and Holy Redeemer’s Derek Answini both were first-time regional qualifiers last year in Class 3A and Class 2A, respectively.

Junior Bobby Lugiano from Lake-Lehman claimed a win in the Class 2A Pre-district Tournament as a sophomore and followed that by finishing third at districts to advance to regionals. Fellow junior Jeremy Callahan from Wyoming Seminary also reached regionals for the first time last year.

Tyler Faux, a senior from Tunkhannock, was one of the most consistent golfers last year, shooting higher than 79 in an 18-hole event just once.

Key dates

Sept. 24: Pre-district Tournament at Fox Hill Country Club; Sept. 26: WVC Team Playoffs at Fox Hill Country Club; Oct. 1: District 2 Individual Tournament at Elmhurst Country Club; Oct. 5: District 2 Team Championships at Fox Hill Country Club; Oct. 11: Subregional Team Qualifier D2 champions vs. D4 champions at Fox Hill Country Club; Oct. 15: PIAA East Regional Tournament at Golden Oaks Golf Club, Fleetwood; Oct. 22-24: PIAA Individual and Team Championships at Heritage Hills Golf Resort, York.

 

Dusty Fielding holds off the field to win the 2018 Utah Open golf tournament

Dusty Fielding holds off the field to win the 2018 Utah Open golf tournament

After 10 years of professional golf, Hurricane resident Dusty Fielding is getting to a point where the vagabond lifestyle might not be what he wants anymore.

“I’ve felt like it’s kind of time to call it quits,” Fielding said Sunday afternoon. “The stress of it all and the constant disappointments kind of wear you down.”

No matter what his next step is, however, he will always be able to play in the annual Utah Open golf tournament. Winners get a lifelong exemption.

After coming close a couple of times earlier in his career, Fielding finally made it to the top of the Utah Open leaderboard in 2018. He surged on the final day of action at Riverside Country Club in Provo to win by three strokes with a three-round score of 200 16-under-par.

“It feels good,” Fielding said. “I’ve been trying to win this one for a long time. It feels good to close it out. In 2012, I was in control the whole time and then let it slip away as someone shot a really good score to beat me. It was good to be the guy today to play the good final round.”

He was in the final group with 2016 champion and two-day leader Zahkai Brown and former Lone Peak and BYU golfer Garrett Fotu but said he didn’t feel any particular pressure coming into the last round.

“I felt like the underdog,” Fielding said. “A lot of times, it is easier to play that way. I felt like I was scratching back from behind to get back in, so that was kind of nice.”

It wasn’t until he drained an impressive birdie putt of 40-plus feet on hole No. 15 to build a four-stroke lead that the reality set in.

“After that I knew it was basically my tournament to finish off, so that’s probably when I got feeling it,” Fielding said.

He saw his lead shrink on holes No. 16 and No. 17, but knew things could’ve been a lot worse after he hit his tee shot into a bunker on the par-3 No. 17.

“I was definitely nervous on that tee because I’ve never played that hole well,” Fielding said. “I hit it into as bad a place as I could have. I had four-shot lead and Zahkai was in there close for birdie. That would’ve really tightened things up if he had made that putt. I wanted to make my bogey putt as much as any putt I had all day because that made things a lot easier coming up the last hole.”

Fielding said the big key to his win was putting solid throughout the week.

He then capped his impressive, 5-under-par final round by hitting his pitching wedge from 175 yards out and sticking it just inches from the cup.

“I felt I was a little tentative on the https://www.indobetpoker.net/ previous two shots,” Fielding said. “I was talking to myself — we golfers are all kind of crazy talking to ourselves as we are driving up to the ball — and I basically just said man up and stuff one in there. It actually worked out.”

While the win at a big tournament like the Utah Open was something he has wanted for a long time, he said he’s still not certain whether it will affect his future.

“I might change my mind on whether I go to Q-School or not,” Fielding said. “I’ll just enjoy winning for now.”

Fotu said overall he was pleased with his performance but had a couple of rough holes that took him out of contention. He finished tied for fifth.

“All and all, I’m just glad to finish under par in the final group and not totally fall apart,” Fotu said. “I felt proud of myself for that. It was a really good experience and I’ll kind of build off of this and get ready for the next thing up.”

For complete results from the 2018 Siegfried and Jensen Utah Open, go to

Daily Herald sports reporter Jared Lloyd can be reached at 801-344-2555 or jlloydheraldextram. JaredrLloyd. : JaredrLloyd.