The Derry Area Trojan Golf Team extended its season for a few more days by placing third overall at the WPIAL AA Semi-Finals at River Forest Country Club, and advancing to the finals on Thursday at Cedarbrook Golf Club. DA finished behind North Catholic (425) and Quaker Valley (437), with a score of 442.
Led by Aidan and Ryan Bushey who tied for DA’s low-medalist honors with a pair of 85s, the Trojans were able to manage their way around the course, a course they were extremely unfamiliar with.
“The thing about post season golf is that you play on a neutral site so unless you have been this far before, or you just happen to play it on a weekend, it is unfamiliar territory. That is the difference between golf and other sports, a football field is always 100 yards between the end zones, and a basketball hoop is always at ten feet up, but every golf course plays differently. Going in we had one player, freshman Hunter Jurica who had the opportunity to play a practice round over the weekend, and even so, he said the greens played entirely different today than they did on Sunday.” Coach Smeltzer explained.
Jurica was right behind the Bushey’s with an 86. Fellow freshman Antonio Hauser fired a 91 and Sophomore Nick Thomas came in at 95.
“This is the third time since I have been with the program we have gotten to the semi-finals and it is the first time where all six of our guys game in under 100 strokes. That is huge for us.”
Mt. Pleasant’s Tim Pisula tied North Catholic’s Madie Smithco at 75 for over-all low medalist honors. MP finished fifth over all at 461 behind Riverview (450).
“When I came in Aidan and Hunter were the only two who had completed their round. At that point we were sitting it 3rd. I didn’t think much about it. Then I looked again and we were sitting in 6th place. We inched up again, and at one point we were sitting in second place. Then we slid again. MP head coach and DA graduate Lee Smith looked at me and said, ‘You are going to get it. You are going to get that spot.’ I still wasn’t getting my hopes up with one group still not in. When the final scores went up on the leader board Tim Pisula was shaking our hands and congratulating us.”