From staff reports
YORK -- In the final round of the PIAA golf championships, Chambersburg sophomore Max Bell experienced something he never had before on a golf course.
A migraine slowly came over him after he started play, disabling his peripheral vision, causing a headache and leading to a nine-over par on the first nine holes.
As Bell's migraine improved on the back nine, so did his play. He shot four-over par on the back nine to finish with an 84 which, combined with his Day 1 score of 83, gave him a 167 and 45th place.
"I was having trouble seeing," Bell said. "Once I could start to see again I had a massive headache. I was kind of out of it for a while."
Bell's struggles were at its worst on his ninth hole, hole No. 18.
After hooking his drive left into a pond, he hit his drop shot short right of the green. He then "chunked" his next two shots, the second going into a bunker. He hit it from the bunker onto the green, where he two-putted for a double-par eight.
Around his 13th hole, hole No. 5, his migraine started to subside.
He shot one-under par on his final three holes with a birdie coming on the second-to-last hole.
On the par-three hole, Bell said he was feeling a rhythm and went for the green on his tee shot.
"I hit a couple good iron shots the holes before that were on line, so I had some confidence," he said.
A bunker lay to the front of the green and a hazard was positioned to the right.
Though he didn't play as well as he would have liked, Bell sees his experiences at the championships as a building block for future success.
"It shows me what I'm going to have to do and work on," he said. "Obviously I didn't play that well, but I can take a lot away from it and maybe win it in the next two years."
PIAA Golf Championships
At Heritage Hills G.C.
1.Garrett Browning (West Allegheny) 75 (146); 2.(tie) Tommy Nettles (Peters Township) 75 (147); Colton Wiggins (Indiana) 74 (147); 4.Garrett Damich (Bentworth) 74 (149); 5.Craig Hornberger (Manheim Township) 75 (150); 6.Chris Crawford (Holy Ghost) 74 (151); 7.(tie) T.J. Summers (Central Bucks West) 79 (152); Brandon Matthews (Pittston) 77 (152); Ryan Dornes (Manheim Township) 71 (152); Zach Herr (Council Rock North) 73 (152).
1.Erica Herr (Council Rock North) 76 (150); 2.Jackie Rogowicz (Pennsbury) 76 (155); 3.Isabella Dilisio (Mt. St. Joseph) 81 (156); 4.(tie) Marissa DeCola (Butler) 78 (158); Katterina Luttner (Fox Chapel) 76 (158); 6.Karlie Zabrosky (McDowell) 80 (161); 7. Joey Walz (Seton LaSalle) 83 (163); 8.Danielle Delssandro (Scranton Prep) 83 (165); 9.(tie) Gabrielle Weiss (Emmaus) 84 (166); Kendall Allen (Shady Side Academy) 84 (166); Aex Liu (Lower Merion) 79 (166); Emily Rohanna (Waynesburg) 78 (166).