LHS golf had great year
Liberty’s golf team recently finished a momentous season, and the Hurricanes also should have a bright future.
The Hurricanes won the East Penn Conference (EPC) title as well as the District 11 Class 3A crown. They also sent two golfers to the PIAA Eastern Regional.
It was their second league title and inaugural district title under head coach Steve Bradley, who completed his 18th season at the helm. Bradley guided the Hurricane to a league title in the 2007 season.
He expected his team to have a memorable year.
“We had a lot of experienced golfers coming back,” said Bradley, whose club finished with an overall 17-3 mark. “But our kids performed like they could and even better. They worked extremely hard and certainly earned everything they had received.’
Freshman Jordan Barker and Evan Cartwright advanced to the Eastern Regionals. Barker just missed the top 24 cutoff for the state tournament as he finished 26th with an 82. Cartwright finished 46th overall with an 89.
“Jordan (Barker) was primed to go,” said Bradley. “But he had trouble down the stretch. He had a double-bogey and as well as a few bogeys. He missed it by three strokes.
“He started off well, but he had trouble finishing. He had a couple of bad breaks, and it is certainly very tough competition.
“Evan (Cartwright) also struggled, and he hit all but two fairways. He is a tough kid and he battled his way through it.”
Led by Barker, Nolan Beagell, and Austin Stella, Liberty combined to shoot 331 to win the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference tournament team championship.
The Hurricanes finished runner-up along with Northampton to EPC regular-season titlist Emmaus (14-1), and they beat Bethlehem Catholic by two strokes to win the conference crown.
Barker fired a 76 and Cartwright netted a 78 to help the Hurricanes win their first District 11 team title in school history.
Losing only Stella to graduation, the Hurricanes will be back in the hunt next season and also for the next several seasons.
“We feel that we are in a good situation,” added Bradley about the future of his program. “We’ll have basically everybody back and we have a number of underclassmen who will be battling our current group for spots. We will have depth and we have a number of kids who are in middle school who will be coming through the system for us.
“We’ll go as far as we can the next few years. We have a good group of kids who achieved a number of accomplishments, and they have the potential to get better.”