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Press photo by Nancy ScholzBethlehem Catholic’s Sean Costello will play in this week’s EPC golf tournament. Press photo by Nancy ScholzBethlehem Catholic’s Sean Costello will play in this week’s EPC golf tournament.

BC golfers have solid year, postseason next

Thursday, September 29, 2016 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Before the season, Bethlehem Catholic head golf coach Tim McGorry believed his club would experience their share of growing pains. The Hawks began the season without two-time district champion Nick Maff, who took his game to Monmouth University this fall.

For the most part, the Hawks did grow. In fact, they likely progressed more than expected. Over the next few weeks, a trio of golfers will advance to the District 11 tournament. They also finished the regular season with an impressive 11-7 mark.

“It was a great season for us,” said McGorry. “I am very pleased with our results and we have three guys going to districts. I didn’t expect that and I am really happy for them. We really didn’t have a stud golfer like we had with Nick (Maff) the past few years, but we had guys who worked hard and improved their game.”

Sean Costello, Jake Smedley, and Kyle Smedley will play in the upcoming league tournament for the Golden Hawks. Costello has been hovering around the 81 mark, while the Smedleys both have been close to the 82-83 mark all season.

“They all have done a solid job for us,” said McGorry. “All of them have worked very hard to get where they are. They all have the ability to do well.”

McGorry noted how the club broke the 400 barrier this season in a match against Allentown Central Catholic, a high water mark for success.

“That was a big mark for us,” added McGorry. “Once we got there, we gained more confidence. We were not at the top of the upper end, but we still hit our marks.”

McGorry also stated how his golfers adjusted well to a series of new courses this season. “We played at a lot of different places,” said McGorry. “We had some new courses and they were tough to play. But our kids did a nice job.”

The Golden Hawks will return the majority of their roster next year.

Overall, it was a pleasant, productive year.

“It was a fun year,” said McGorry. “I’m very happy for the kids. I didn’t think we could get this many wins. We have qualified three district golfers and we have a number of guys back. We’re looking forward to next year.”

Liberty will have Joey Altimose, Evan Cartwright, Austin Stella, Nolan Beaggell, Sammy Kraihanzel and Morgan Krause who participated in Tuesday’s EPC golf tournament.

Freedom will have Justin Kinter, Austin Negron, Nate Spearko, Kyle Petrone and Max Mehta who played.

Also playing for the Hawks are Chad Sodl and Mike Barattini.