Last Updated: Wed Sep 14, 2022 - 1:18PM
When it comes to recent success in girls golf, Greensburg Central Catholic has no equal in Westmoreland County. Thus, it was fitting that the 2022 Westmoreland County Coaches Association (WCCA) Girls Golf Championship individual crown went to another Centurion, as junior Izzy Aigner won easily.
Aigner shot a one-under par 36 at Champion Lakes Golf Course in Bolivar on Friday, finishing six strokes ahead of Hempfield Area’s Milana Yannascoli. Franklin Regional freshman Gianna Johnson finished third with a round of 43.
It marked the fourth time in the past seven years that a GCC golfer claimed victory at the WCCA event.
“It was truly, really an amazing experience,” said Aigner, who carded one eagle and one bogey during her nine-round hole. “It was really nice to come out and win for the team as a whole.”
Aigner, who finished fourth last year, was among the favorites entering the event. Her effort over the past few months has strengthened her game, which resulted in the wide margin of victory.
“I thought that if I would just keep what I’d been doing throughout the summer and throughout the matches that I’d have a good chance,” Aigner stated.
“I put in hard work over the summer and now I see that. I’m on a run right now and it’s really coming together,” she continued.
Additionally, she benefited from playing with several standout teammates, including the Zambruno twins, when she was an underclassman. Consequently, she learned to adopt a better mindset, which has paid dividends this season.
“I realized that freshman and sophomore year, I’d get very nervous very easily and get worked up after a bad shot.”
Champion Lakes presented plenty of opportunities for bad shots, as Aigner pointed to the tight fairways and small greens as significant challenges of the course.
In the team competition, Franklin Regional repeated as WCCA champions, as the Panthers compiled a score of 182. GCC finished second with a total of 198, while Penn-Trafford and Mount Pleasant Area tied for third.