The Philadelphia Section PGA Junior Tour headed west this week for its Junior Golf Scoreboard State College Series, giving some of the youngsters who live out that way a chance to tee it up a little closer to home.
Luke Hoffnagle of Hanover kicked off the series Wednesday by firing an even-par 71 at Mountain View Country Club in Boalsburg to win the 16-18 division by a shot over fellow Hanover resident Mason Straub.
Hoffnagle had four birdies, two on each side, in matching par over the 6,216-yard, par-71 Mountain View layout. Straub also had four birdies in taking runnerup honors with a 1-over 72.
Gavin Geiger of Danville finished third with a 77 and Paul Fedele of Easton and Garrett Barilar of Bloomsburg finished in a tie for fourth at 78.
Tre Fleck of Lewistown took sixth with a 79, Kohltin Bartlow of Montgomery placed seventh with an 80, Jacob Suder of Greencastle was eighth with an 82 and Tyler Coyle of Schuylkill Haven and Connor Bacha of York rounded out the top 10 as they finished in a tie for ninth, each carding an 84.
Carson Bacha of York claimed the title in the 13-to-15 division in a match of cards with Grant Gronka of Bloomsburg after both posted solid rounds of 3-over 74. Bacha had two birdies on the back nine and his back-nine 36 proved to be decisive in the match of cards. Gronka had five birdies in his round.
Ethan Hardyk of State College finished third with a 105.
Sophie Mochan of Boalsburg was the only player to tee it up in the girls 13-to-15 division and her 121 gave her the win.
John Olsen of Boalsburg was the lone competitor in the 12-and-under nine-hole division and his 49 was good for the victory.
Thursday, the State College Series shifted to the Toftrees Golf Resort in State College and Connor Welles of Newtown matched par with a 72 to top the field in the 16-to-18 division.
Welles had three birdies in his even-par round over the 6,488-yard, par-72 Toftrees layout. Montgomery’s Bartlow was the runnerup with a 2-over 74. Bloomsburg’s Barilar was another shot back in third with a 75 and Hanover’s Hoffnagle, the winner at Mountain View, took fourth with a 77.
There was a four-way tie for fifth at 78 among Logan Snyder of Dover, Connor Bacha of York, Mason Wills of Lititz and Schuylkill Haven’s Coyle. Zachary Fails of Hummelstown took ninth with a 79. Rounding out the top 10 were Danville’s Geiger, Easton’s Fedele and Hanover’s Staub, all of whom finished tied for 10th at 81.
York’s Carson Bacha made it two wins in a row in the 13-to-15 division with a 72. He was a picture of consistency with 16 pars, a birdie and a bogey. Bloomsburg’s Gronka was again the runnerup with a 79 and State College’s Hardyk placed third with a 95.
Kendel Abrams of New Freedom was the lone entrant in the girls 16-to-18 division and won it with an impressive 4-over 76. Her round featured two birdies on the front nine.
Amanda Gerrish of Hummelstown was unopposed in the 13-to-15 division and won it with a 92.
Olsen of Boalsburg was again the only nine-holer to tee it up and won the division with a 42.
Hoffnagle, with rounds of 71 and 77 for a 148 total, will take a five-shot lead for the series into Friday’s final stop at Penn State’s Blue Course. Staub (72-81) and Barilar (78-75) are tied for second at 153.
Carson Bacha, with rounds of 74 and 72 and a 146 total, has a commanding seven-shot lead over Gronka (74-79—153) in the 13-to-15 division.
Olsen is the only nine-holer to tee it up in the first two legs of the series and he has rounds of 49 and 42 for a 91 total.