Vital, Barker moving on
Bethlehem area golfers competed in the District 11 golf tournament on Monday at the Steel Club.
With only six golfers able to advance to regionals, the Hurricanes were well represented as Matt Vital shot a 74 for third and Jimmy Barker a 75 to take fourth. Both are freshman golfers which says a lot about the Hurricane program going forward.
“I played pretty good on the front,” said Vital. “On the back nine, my putting was just off and missed a lot of short ones - short birdie putts.”
Still, Vital hit 12 fairways in regulation and collected two birdies and four bogeys on the day to finish two-over on the par-72 course.
Vital started on hole two with a bogey before a birdie at five got him even. He would go on to bogey 10, 11 and 12 before a birdie on 16 got him back to two-over.
“I was trying to get around even par,” Vital said. “I think even would have tied for first.
“My driver was working really good today. I only missed 2-3 fairways. My chipping could have used work.”
Parkland’s Trevor Grimm shot 72 to win the AAA boys event. Emmaus’ Matt Zerfass was second with a 73. Blue Mountain’s Connor Gherghel shot 76 as did Northampton’s Nate Wheeler, the EPC boys champ, to finish fifth and sixth and also move on.
Just missing out was Liberty senior Joey Altemose who shot a 78 for eighth. Freedom’s Jake Haberstumpf was tied for ninth with an 80. LHS’s Ryan Evans shot an 88 and was 24th.
Becahi’s Anna Heimings shot a 110 and was 8th in the AA girls competition and will not move in.
In AAA girls, Emmaus’ Michelle Cox, the overall and girls EPC champ, shot a 73 to move on. Also moving on is Mary Scully of Pleasant Valley and Emma Shelby, who both shot 90.
Emmaus and Palmerton advanced as a team to regionals.
Moving on in AA boys is Albe Evans (82) of Schuylkill Haven who was first. Ben Ortwein (82 NDGP), Logan Kresge (83 Palmerton) and Tyler Hager (84 Palmerton) also move on for the 2A boys. Girls from AA moving on are Emily Wright of Central with an 87 and Moravian’s Grace Sanborn who shot 94.
Now Vital and Barker will head to regionals hoping to earn a trip to states after that.
“I’m really excited for that,” Vital said, who averaged a 75 this season. “I like the course and I’m looking forward to it. I want to make it to states as a freshman.”