5th, 9th for Punxsy golf squads at Invite

DUBOIS — Both the boys' and girls' golf squads from Punxsutawney made the trip Wednesday morning to participate in the annual DuBois Area High School Tournament, which was played on the Silver Course at Treasure Lake, and both teams had fair showings at the tournament with the boys taking fifth overall and the girls placing ninth.

On the boys' side, Hollidaysburg hit the clubhouse with the lowest score, shooting a 334 as a team, and Punxsy was just 20 strokes behind in fifth overall.

Punxsy's top performer was Brandon Mancuso, who went out as Punxsy's No. 2 and came in with a score of 83 to lead the Chucks.

"Brandon had a solid round," Punxsy head coach Josh Conrad said after the match. "He's been turning it around and playing well at the right time in the season."

Logan Reed came in with Punxsy's next-best score, shooting an 88 overall. Reed's round was highlighted by a pair of birdies on holes No. 15 and 17.

Eli Thompson came in just two strokes behind Reed with a 90, giving him the Chucks' third-best score in a round that featured a birdie on the fifth hole.

"Eli and Logan were both able to salvage good rounds after getting off to bad starts," Conrad said.

Punxsy's No. 1 golfer, Mike Blose, came in with the team's highest score of the day — a 93 — but Conrad said Blose's round wasn't as bad as the number might indicate.

"Mike played better than his score suggests," he said. "He just had a few blowup holes."

Hollidaysburg was paced by Jordan Kirsh's 79, and the next three golfers — Hunter Shields, Jerome Landry and David Snyder — mirrored each others' rounds, shooting 85 apiece to lead their squad to victory.

State College's Ty Gates was the medal winner for the tournament, tallying a 72.

Ridgway took second place overall just three shots behind Hollidaysburg with a 337 team score; State College finished third overall with a 340; and Brookville edged the Chucks for fourth-best with a 353 — one stroke ahead of Punxsy.

Brookville was led by Jack Huggins and Jacob McLaughlin, who each shot 83.

On the girls' side, Punxsy's ninth-place overall finish is a bit deceiving, with much larger squads like Bellefonte, Central Dauphin, Erie McDowell and Villa Maria participating in the invitational.

"Today was good practice for the girls to get in the mindset of districts, which is only a little more than two weeks away," Punxsy head coach Kacee Dale said. "We saw some really good teams we don't play during the regular season."

As has become their trademark, the members of the Punxsy squad were consistently close, with the top scorer and the highest scorer just five strokes apart.

Lauren Giavedoni set the pace for the Lady Chucks with a round of 112 on the 18-hole course.

She was followed by Audrianna Delacour and Caroline Dunkel, separated by one stroke with 115 and 116, respectively.

Sarah London was just one stroke behind Dunkel, bringing home Punxsy's final score with a 117.

Central Dauphin's A-squad left the competition in its dust, shooting a 358 for best overall — 16 shots better than second-place Villa Maria.

Megan Moylan, who wasn't a part of the team competition but was competing as an individual, shot an 80 to set the pace as medal winner, and McDowell's Megan Kaverman was two shots behind her with an 82.

The highlight of the tournament, though, came when State College's Kelly Rehill shot an ace for the first-ever hole-in-one at the DuBois Area Golf Tournament — her first career hole-in-one.

Punxsy will play a familiar course again today — the Silver Course at Treasure Lake — against DuBois at 2:30 p.m..

"We head back to the same course tomorrow for a league match," Dale said. "Hopefully, the girls can apply what they took from the course today to help them tomorrow."