Up until last week, Wissahickon was enjoying a fantastic season on the golf course. The Trojans were undefeated and had one of the best golfers in the area in Jalen Griffin.

However, after falling to Upper Dublin and losing out on the Suburban One American title, Wissahickon's district dreams would come down to not only beating the Cardinals at the SOL Championships, but essentially winning the whole thing.

Mission accomplished, ticket punched.

The Trojans rode Griffin's 71, which was tied for the top score with Central Bucks West's Tyler Sokolis, and got an outstanding 79 from freshman Noah Harrington to edge Upper Dublin and Council Rock North and win the wild card into the districts. Alex Kim (79) and Dan Sunderland (84) were the other two to score for Wissahickon.

Central Bucks West’s Tyler Sokolis putts on 18 to score 71, tying Wissahickon’sJalen Griffin, during the 2013 SOL Men’s Golf Championship
Central Bucks West's Tyler Sokolis putts on 18 to score 71, tying Wissahickon'sJalen Griffin, during the 2013 SOL Men's Golf Championship at Five Ponds Golf Club, Warminster, PA Sept. 30. (Bob Raines)

Although the Trojans had confidence the entire way, they knew it would take a special effort to win at Five Ponds Golf Club and they got that in spades.

"It was a great day. I think winning as a team is more important than the individual stuff,' Griffin said. "I'm so happy we pulled it off. I was very nervous for all of us today and somehow we all played great. We have a lot of confidence now. We were really down after losing to Upper Dublin. But to beat them today and win the wild card was amazing.'

"I feels great that I was able to contribute. I'm happy I could help the team win,' Harrington said. "Hopefully more stuff like this will follow. Beating Upper Dublin feels great. It's been tough to beat them the last couple of years, but it was good to get a win against them and take the wild card.'

Abington's Connor Breslin finished third with a 73, while Springfield's Chris Binet was fourth at 75 and Upper Dublin's Jack Melville and Pennsbury's Vinay Ramesh tied for fith at 76.

Upper Dublin, which already sealed up a spot at districts by winning the American Conference, still had a good day despite finishing in a tie for second. Michael Reed Price, who was in the top group, finished with a solid 78, while his teammate Melville shot a team-best 76. David Kim (79) and Matt Amey (85) rounded out the scoring for the Cardinals.

Wissahickon’s Jalen Griffin, center, shakes hands with Upper Dublin’s Michael Reed Price, left, and Hatboro Horsham’s Tom Fisher as they
Wissahickon's Jalen Griffin, center, shakes hands with Upper Dublin's Michael Reed Price, left, and Hatboro Horsham's Tom Fisher as they finish the round on 18 during the 2013 SOL Men's Golf Championship at Five Ponds Golf Club, Warminster, PA Sept. 30. (Bob Raines)

"It was a good, bad round for me,' Price said. "I hit a lot of good shots and a lot of bad shots. I was a little higher than I expected to shoot, but I'm happy with it. It was a little nerve-racking to be in the top group, but I think I handled it well.

"It was different having a lot of people watching. It was exciting when I was playing well. I'll be confident for districts by next week.'

While teams such as Wissahickon and Upper Dublin were expected to compete for the top spots, it was an Abington player who may have stole the show. Starting in the 13th group, Breslin played the game of his life, shooting a 73 and taking third place in the competition. It was something he'll never forget and only boosts his confidence going forward.

Souderton’s Alejandro Velez putts during the 2013 SOL Men’s Golf Championship at Five Ponds Golf Club, Warminster, PA Sept. 30.
Souderton's Alejandro Velez putts during the 2013 SOL Men's Golf Championship at Five Ponds Golf Club, Warminster, PA Sept. 30. (Bob Raines)

"I didn't expect to hit a 73 at all,' Breslin said. "I was hoping to make the cut, shoot in the low 80s. This is by far my best score ever — 37 was the best on nine holes. This is really good for my confidence. I'm going into districts feeling good and hopefully I can do something good there.'

In the end, 10 golfers had to fight for the last four spots at districts. While some just missed the cut, others like Souderton's Lenny Welch and Plymouth-Whitemarsh's Dave Pontari's season was given new life.

"This has been a lot of fun,' Pontari said. "I honestly did not play all that well, but I think they made the course fair and if you hit the ball well you'll score well. I was hoping to make districts and the playoff was fun.'

Dave Pontari, PW tees off during the 2013 SOL Men’s Golf Championship at Five Ponds Golf Club, Warminster, PA Sept. 30.
Dave Pontari, PW tees off during the 2013 SOL Men's Golf Championship at Five Ponds Golf Club, Warminster, PA Sept. 30. (Bob Raines)

Although not everyone did as well as they had hoped, some competitors will get a second shot to improve their game at the District One Championships next weekend.

"This was the worst number I've shot, but it's not the worse I've hit it,' Hatboro-Horsham's Tom Fisher said. "I thought I was hitting it all right, but then I made some bad choices. They weren't terrible, just not perfect. The putting really held me back. I didn't feel any pressure being in the top group. It was fun having everyone around watching.'

"The day didn't go so great. I didn't hit my irons as well as I'm used to so it was a struggle,' Souderton's Alejandro Velez said. "I like this course a lot. It really rewards good tee shots and the greens are not that hard to reach. The districts was an expectation, but making it through that is a lot more difficult.'

Upper Dublin’s Jack Melville follows his putt on 18 during the 2013 SOL Men’s Golf Championship at Five Ponds Golf Club, Warminster, PA Sept.
Upper Dublin's Jack Melville follows his putt on 18 during the 2013 SOL Men's Golf Championship at Five Ponds Golf Club, Warminster, PA Sept. 30. (Bob Raines)

"It was pretty tough, but the fairways had a lot of roll out,' Pennridge's Colton Pifer said. "The greens were tough. There were a lot of breaks and stuff like that, but for the most part it was a pretty simple round. I missed the districts cut by a couple strokes the last two years, and I've had a pretty good year so far, so I'm happy I got through.'

Unfortunately, some players saw their season come to an end. However, most were up-beat and took many positives from the experience of playing with some of the best golfers in the area.

"The pins were really tough today. You had to stick every shot or you were done,' Springfield's Tommy Godin said. "I didn't do well today, but it was my first time so I had a lot of nerves. But, I had a lot of fun and enjoyed myself. I'll be back next year after I touch my game up.'

The District Championships will take place next week at Turtle Creek Golf Course and Gilbertsville Golf Club.

Suburban One League

Golf Championships

at Five Ponds GC

Team scores: Wissahickon 113; Upper Dublin 118; Council Rock North 118; Central Bucks West 320; Central Bucks South 335; Souderton 336; Abington 337; Pennridge 337; Central Bucks East 341; Hatboro-Horsham 343; North Penn 349; Council Rock South 356; Plymouth Whitemarsh 358

District qualifiers

Jalen Griffin (W) 35-36—71

Tyler Sokolis (CBW) 35-36—71

Connor Breslin (A) 37-36—73

Chris Binet (Spr) 38-37—75

Jack Melville (UD) 38-38—76

Vinay Ramesh (Pby) 37-39—76

Andrew Coleman (CBW) 36-41—77

Ryan Conner (CRN) 41-36—77

Michael Reed Price (UD) 40-38—78

Austin Fugelstad (CRN) 40-38—78

Alex Kim (W) 39-40—79

Noah Harrington (W) 41-38—79

David Kim (UD) 38-41—79

Luke McKeogh (WT) 39-40—79

Tom Fisher (HH) 39-41—80

Jake Fitts (CBS) 40-40—80

Craig Meschel (Pby) 41-39—80

Matt Delehey (CRN) 36-44—80

Colton Pifer (Pr) 41-40—81

Alex Simon (Pby) 37-44—81

Alejandro Velez (Soud) 39-43—82

Lukas Clark (CRS) 44-38—82

Matt Shur (A) 43-39—82

Kyle Putnam (CBS) 40-43—83

Jerry Meekins (Soud) 40-43—83

Joe Rochelle (Q) 44-39—83

Tommy Lewis (CBE) 43-40—83

Austin Roland (Pr) 40-43—83

Logan Fugelstad (CRN) 42-41—83

Dan Sunderland (W) 42-42—84

Max Schwartz (CBS) 44-40—84

Hank Kaufmann (Pby) 39-45—84

John Buliga (Nesh) 38-46—84

Carter Field (PW) 43-42—85

Matt Amey (UD) 45-40—85

Greg Welsh (W) 41-44—85

Shane McIntyre (Pr) 43-42—85

Dawson Anders (Soud) 47-38—85

Dave Pontari (PW) 44-42—86

Kyle Kost (CBE) 44-42—86

Lenny Welch (Soud) 46-40—86

Alex Phillipp (CBE) 37-49—86

Did not qualify

*Jake Labroli (W) 44-42—86

*Conner Krzaczyk (CBE) 43-43—86

*Clay Anders (Soud) 42-44—86

*Jeff Strasburg (CBW) 42-44—86

*Andrew Lombardo (NP) 43-43—86

*Joey Shibata (NP) 46-40—86

Quinn Guzman (Soud) 40-47—87

Jacob Molnar (H-H) 43-44—87

Matt Palmieri (CRN) 41-46—87

Cole Swiger (UD) 47-41—88

John Hansel (PW) 40-48—88

Daniel Yahr (CBS) 45-43—88

Matt Swartz (Pr) 43-45—88

Bill Bracy (NP) 44-44—88

Tommy Haas (H-H) 44-44—88

Jimmy Gavaghan (H-H) 45-43—88

Pat Stewart (Pr) 42-47—89

Mason Pippert (NP) 44-45—89

Eric Hermann (Pby) 42-47—89

Mark Lunney (UD) 47-43—90

Andy Dunnam (UD) 43-47—90

Evan Villafranca (CBE) 46-44—90

Drew Bachtle (Pr) 45-46—91

Tom Pickwell (CRS) 44-47—91

Griffin Smith (CRS) 44-47—91

Matt Graeff (W) 46-46—92

Tom Godin (Spr) 48-44—92

Matt DeJonge (CBE) 43-49—92

Tom Townsend (CRS) 44-48—92

Dan Hellemann (Soud) 49-44—93

Zack Pick (CBW) 47-46—93

Andy Ring (A) 43-51—94

Evan Bechtel (CBS) 46-50—96

Reid Moncada (CBW) 48-48—96

Mike Barychewski (CRS) 48-48—96

Justin Abrams (CRS) 53-44—97

Kevin Graham (Chelt) 52-46—98

Luke Wendling (CBS) 48-50—98

Jordan Yahr (CBS) 45-53—98

Danny Narke (PW) 49-50—99

Jack Kelly (UD) 50-49—99

Luke McIhnerney (UMor) 48-51—99

Jesse Herb (Pr) 49-50—99

Jimmy Mundy (Chelt) 49-53—102

Adam Bradway (UMer) 46-58—104

Jake Cresta (H-H) 50-57—107

Tom Piccari (Norr) 57-52—109

Chad Piacitelli (PW) 51-60—111

Parth Patel (B) 54-58—112

David Aaron (Chelt) 58-55—113

Jesse Huber (HST) 51-62—113

* — Missed qualifying in playoff