Methacton freshman Kyle Vance lines up a putt during the PAC-10 team final against Owen J. Roberts Thursday at Gilbertsville GC. Vance won the individual championship at the District 1 Golf Championships Tuesday at Turtle Creek. (File photo by Kevin Hoffman/The Mercury)
LIMERICK — Before the District 1-AAA Golf Championships on Tuesday, the Methacton players and coaches talked about going for every pin and not holding anything back. That aggressive attitude served them well individually and as a team at Turtle Creek Golf Course when freshman Kyle Vance captured the individual championship with a four-under par total of 140 for two rounds and the Warriors won the team title with a four-player score of 291.Spring-Ford's John Foley finished second with a 142 total and he and Vance will move on to the Eastern Regional Championship next Tuesday at Golden Oaks Golf Club in Fleetwood along with Methacton's Brandon Vance — brother of Kyle — and Spring-Ford's Matt Keim. Maddie Sager from Owen J.
Spring-Fordâ s John Foley putts on the third green during District 1 Golf Tournament Tuesday at Turtle Creek in Limerick. (Eric Hartline/21st Century Media) (Eric Hartline)
Roberts will also advance to regional play after finishing sixth among the girls."I went for every pin, just thinking about the team plan,' said Kyle Vance. "My putting really saved me and my irons were really nice.'That was good enough to shoot a par 72 in the first round that had been suspended by bad weather on Monday and a 4-under 68 in the second."Jalen Griffin (Wissahickon) was pushing me on every hole,' he added. "I just kept going at pins, seeing how low I could go.'"We talked a lot about going for pins, being aggressive,' said Methacton coach Kevin Flanagan. "There's no sense in leaving an 85 out there. I knew they had it in them. They played relaxed and they kept their composure. Kyle just stuck to his game plan. He was confident with where he was in his game plan. He's got that edge to him. You can't describe it.'John Foley, a junior, shot a pair of 71s to finish two strokes ahead of five players who tied for third place. Senior Brandon Vance followed a 75 with a 70 to tie for eighth and junior Keim won a playoff for the 16th and final regional spot after shooting a 150.In the team competition, Dan Rieger shot a 74 and Corey Betham a 79 to help the Warriors beat runner-up Pennsbury by three strokes and earn the first district title by a PAC-10 team.
Owen J. Roberts High School Maddie Sager tees off on the 16th hole during District One Golf Tournament at Turtle Creek in Limerick. (Times Staff / ERIC HARTLINE) (Eric Hartline)
Flanagan said he thought his team had a shot at winning it."Coming in, absolutely,' he said. "I felt like all our kids in the first round played really well. There were a lot of close matches during the regular season. The seniors (Brandon Vance, Betham and Mike Foley with an 80) really stepped up. And obviously, the two freshman (Kyle Vance and Rieger).'"It feels awesome,' Kyle Vance added. "Knowing I'm a freshman and the first team from our school ever to go to states. It's incredible.'Sager started the day by finishing up the final four holes of the weather-suspended first round at Gilbertsville Golf Club for a total of a three-over par 74 and then shot an 81 at Turtle Creek to become the first PAC-10 girl ever to advance to the regional."It will be fun,' said the OJR sophomore. "I'll just have to practice a lot to get ready for it. Maybe I'll try to get a practice round in.'Sager had a couple of tough holes to finish up, but still made the regional field by two strokes."I wasn't hitting my irons well,' she added. "But I was really getting up and down a lot and I made three long putts ... definitely my chipping and putting today.'"She's long, she's very steady, and when she putts well, she scores well,' said OJR coach Ted Snyder.
NOTESJackie Rogowicz from Pennsbury won the girls title with a pair of 69s. ... Pope John Paul II's Brandon Caiola and Boyertown's Carlo Barrasse both made the cut and finished with scores of 153 and 155, respectively. ... This is the first time more than one PAC-10 golfer has made it to the regional in the same year. ... Last year Brandon Vance advanced and missed the PIAA Tournament by a stroke after shooting an 80. ... "I just tried to stay with what my brother was doing,' said Kyle Vance. "Follow his steps.'