H.S. GOLF: Waynesboro's Olivia Gardenhour takes 5th in MPC girls championship
MECHANICSBURG >> After a day of heavy rain, along with windy conditions on Wednesday, the Mid Penn Conference Girls Golf Championship at Armitage Golf Club was a tough test for the competition.
But a trio of locals battled through the tough conditions to finish in the top 10, and a total of four advanced to the District 3 Championships.
Olivia Gardenhour of Waynesboro shot an 86 to finish fifth, and Chambersburg's Mary Kate Norcross finished eighth with a 91. Fellow Maidens Erika Cauffman (10th) and Taylor Zimmerman (17th) also qualified for the district championship. Morgan Frazier of Cumberland Valley won the championship with a five-over par 75.
Gardenhour battled through light drizzle and wind gusts to shoot an eight-over 43 on both the front and back nines.
"I'm extremely pleased with how Olivia did today," Waynesboro coach Ryan Henderson said. "She was a little disappointed, because she thought she could have been four or five strokes better, but this is one more step now in getting to districts."
Norcross, a freshman, got off to a fast start with a 43 on the front nine, but she gave up five more strokes on the back with a 48.
Chambersburg coach Mark Yost said, "The course played longer because the wet conditions didn't give the ball much roll, but the wind seemed to play a big factor. Mary Kate left a lot of approach shots short, but overall she was really steady, and she accomplished one of her goals, which was to get to districts."
Cauffman shot a 48 on the front and a 46 on the back to card a 94, and Zimmerman scored a 49 and 53 to finish at 102. Amanda Steier, Greencastle-Antrim's lone competitor, missed the cut by one stroke, shooting a 105.
Mid Penn Conference
Girls Golf Championships
1.Morgan Frazier (Cumberland Valley) 75, 2.Ashley Stewart (State College) 81, 3.Alexis Hartwick (Central Dauphin) 84, 4.Molly Holbert (Mechanicsburg) 85, 5.Olivia Gardenhour (Waynesboro) 86, 6.Isabelle Macioce (Big Spring) 90, 7.Amber Kustaborder (SC) 91, 8.Mary Kate Norcross (Chambersburg) 91, 9.Thea Nagle (CV) 93, 10.Erika Cauffman (Way) 94, 11.Emma Schaper (SC) 94, 12.Maddie Ernst (East Pennsboro) 96,
13.Paige Langum (Carlisle) 97, 14.Jaden Gage (Boiling Springs) 101, 15.Rachel Bruno (Mech) 101, 16.Kristin Nodell (SC) 102, 17.Taylor Zimmerman (Way) 102, 18.Brooke Frey (CD) 103, 19.Cassidy Moyer (Red Land) 103, 20.Brittany Graham (Boil) 104, 21.Jessica Lamarca (RL) 104, 22.Acadcia Wilkins (SC) 104, 24.Amanda Steir (Greencastle) 105.