Is there a hotter golf team in the area right now than the Central York Panthers?
Two weeks after sweeping the boys' and girls' district tournament, the red-hot Panthers had Gus Minkin win the regional tournament at Golden Oaks Golf Club Monday, and two others — Joe Parrini and Julianne Lee — qualify for states.
Minkin shot a 69, then defeated Methacton's Kyle Vance in a two-hole playoff to clinch the win.
"I hit it well today overall." Minkin said after his five-birdie performance. "I think I hit all 18 greens and just made a couple putts here and there."
After draining an eagle putt on 17 at districts to come back and win, Minkin played the opposite role this time, watching Vance eagle the 18th to erase Minkin's lead and force a playoff.
"Honestly, I wasn't prepared to play in a playoff," Minkin admitted. "I thought in the past they did co-medalists. I didn't really feel any pressure, but I still wanted to win, so I just kept doing what I was doing, and it worked out."
The senior has been on fire lately, winning three gold medals in the last three weeks.
"I don't think Gus has played a bad round all year," Central head coach Mike Ruby said. "He has been so steady and just on a roll lately."
"Everything just has seemed to come together at the right time," Minkin said. "Each win has given me more confidence, and I'm really excited for states."
Minkin will be joined by Parrini and Lee at the PIAA tournament, which is held Oct. 26-27 at Heritage Hills. Parrini shot a 77, and Lee shot an 84 to qualify. Eastern York's Andrew Davis and Kevin Crumbling also qualified for the state tournament.
High school golf
PIAA East Regional
Monday's results at Golden Oaks Golf Club, Fleetwood.
1. Gus Minkin, Central York* 69
2. Kyle Vance, Methacton 69
3. David Kim, Upper Dublin 71
4. Steve Cerbara, Holy Ghost Prep 72
5. Dan Rieger, Methacton 73
6. Robert Falconer, Cumberland Valley 74
7T. Evan Brown, Kennett 75
7T. Quinn Guzman, Soulderton 75
7T. Jack Melville, Upper Dublin 75
7T. William Mitchell, St. Joseph's Prep 75
11T. Andrew Davis, Eastern York 76
11T. Nick Franki, Waynesboro 76
11T. Nick Gianelos, Unionville 76
11T. Matt Krieder, Ephrata 76
11T. R.J. Wren, Twin Valley 76
16T. Alex Butler, St. Joseph's Prep 77
16T. Davis Clark, Cumberland Valley 77
16T. Kevin Crumbling, Eastern York 77
16T. Jake Fitts, Central Bucks South 77
16T. Joe Parrini, Central York 77
16T. Ian Patterson, Chambersburg 88
22T. Ben Pochet, Spring-Ford 78
22T. Geoff Rice, Great Valley 78
22T. Ronnie Yanoski, Valley View 78
Failed to make cut
28. Blake Sebring, Dallastown 79
31. Justin Gruver, New Oxford 80
* — Won championship in playoff
1. William Mirams, ND E. Stroud. 73
2. Nate Menon, Wyomissing 74
3T. Austin Smith, Montrose 75
3T. James Tressler, Holy Cross 75
5.T Clay Asplundh, New Hope-Sole. 77
5T. Will Riva, Lancaster Catholic 77
7T. Nick Kuhn, Lansdale Catholic 78
7T. Nick Maff, Bethlehem Catholic 78
9T. Tom Dzwonczyk, Holy Cross 79
9T. Gavin Geiger, Danville 79
11T. Nick Innocenzo, Towanda 80
11T. Chase Miller, Tulpehocken 80
11T. Dylan O'Dell, Forest City 80
14. Nate Gale, Wyomissing 81
Failed to make cut
Andrew Forjan, York Catholic 87
1. Gabby Kim, Radnor 74
2T. Samantha Staudt, Coatesville 75
2T. Brynne Walker, Radnor 75
4. Madeline Herr, Council Rock North 76
5. Morgan Frazier, Cumb. Valley 78
6T. Karly Brown, Archbishop Wood 83
6T. Maddie Sager, Owen J. Roberts 83
8T. Julianne Lee, Central York 84
8T. Lauren Muhlbauer, CR North 84
10T. Adelyn Deery, Manheim Twp. 85
10T. Molly Mowalt, Wallenpaupack 84
12. Allison Appleton, Penn Manor 86
Failed to make cut
20. Alexandra Lowder, Eastern York 93
1. Franca Hurtado, Allentown CC. 79
2. Nina Kouchi, New Hope-Solebury 81
3. Morgan Sohosky, Bloomsburg 84
4. Sophie Orsulak, Blue Mountain 86
5. Grace Stillman, Lancaster Menn. 87
6. Olyvia Longacre, Christopher Dock 88
7. Aly Rentschler, Hamburg 90
8. Reilly Ruane, Scranton Prep 92
9. Taylor Knoor, Central Columbia 99
10. Lauren Golden, Scranton Prep 100
11. Lauren Bird, Lancaster Catholic 96
12. Selina Albert, Lourdes Regional 103
13. Brianna Baker, Montrose 108
14. Jaden Gage, Boiling Springs 11