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Liberty’s Vital heads to state golf tourney

Friday, October 18, 2019 by Scott Pagel AND MIKE HAINES in Sports

Liberty’s Matt Vital survived the regional round and will advance to the state golf tournament after shooting a three-over 75 Monday at Golden Oaks in Fleetwood.

Vital was one-under late in the round before a bit of a hiccup over three of the final four holes.

“I didn’t hit many fairways,” Vital said. “I hit a fair amount of greens, 12, 14... I was putting well. I had three, three-putts, but besides that my putting was really good today.”

Vital started on hole two with a par before a bogey on three. He would birdie five to get back to even before a bogey-birdie on eight and nine to once again get back even.

Vital would bogey 12 before back-to-back birdies on 13 and 14 had him sitting at one-under. But on 16, 17 and 18 Vital would drop four strokes.

“I started off par and bogey but after that made some birdies throughout the round,” Vital said. “I was one-under through 15, on 16 I had a three-putt bogey, three-putt bogey on 17, and double-bogey 18. I was looking [to shoot] around even par and I was heading toward that but 16, 17 and 18 got me.”

With a trip to states secured for Oct. 23, Vital is hoping to just play to his ability.

“I’m just looking to play the best I can,” Vital said. “I played Heritage Hills [Golf Resort, York] before, but I only played the front nine and never played the back nine. I heard there are a few holes on the back that are hard.

“I’m just out there playing. Only thing I did to get ready for this was take lessons at Saucon Valley. I started like 2-3 weeks ago.

“This is what I wanted to do since I started golfing.”

Morgan Lofland shot five-under 67 to top the boys AAA field. Emmaus’ Matt Zerfass shot a one-under 71 and will advance as will teammate Michelle Cox who had a five-over 77 in the AAA girls competition.

In AA, Moravian Academy’s Grace Sanborn had an 83 to advance and Palmerton’s Tyler Hager shot 81 and will move on as well representing District 11.