Last Updated: Tue Sep 20, 2022 - 9:19PM
Derry Area’s Hunter Jurica and Ashton Beighley tied for first, while Belle Vernon Area’s Seth Tomalski took first outright at their respective section competitions as part of the WPIAL boys golf individual qualifiers on Monday.
More than a dozen Westmoreland County golfers punched their tickets for the WPIAL Class AAA and Class AA events. Unlike previous years, the championship will be held across two rounds, the first of which will take place next week, with the final round the following week.
In Class AAA Section 1 at Youghiogheny Country Club in Elizabeth Township, Nick Turowski of Penn-Trafford finished second, shooting 76. Turowski, a junior, is the defending WPIAL Class AAA champion. He was joined in qualifying by the Norwin duo of junior Alex Graham and senior Logan Robb, who shot 79 and 80, respectively, and Hempfield Area junior Nick Eberhart, who also carded 80, which was the target score.
The Class AAA Section 4 qualifier at Willowbrook Country Club in Apollo featured four county golfers, headlined by senior Nolan Shilling of Franklin Regional, who finished third with a round of 73. Also qualifying was Kiski Area’s freshman Max Mottura and sophomore Trey Roberts, who each shot 78, and Franklin Regional freshman Colin Holt, who carded 82, which was the cutline score.
The WPIAL Class AAA Boys Individual Championship will be held at the Allegheny Country Club in Sewickley on Oct. 6, while the first round will take place at the Champion Lakes Golf Course in Bolivar on Sept. 27.
In the Class AA Section 2 qualifier at the Latrobe Elks Golf Club, Jurica and Beighley each shot a two-over par 74 to top the leaderboard. Braden Riley, a sophomore from Greensburg Central Catholic, finished third with a 78. Additional qualifiers included Ligonier Valley senior Josh Harbert, who carded a 79, GCC senior Wade Boyle, who shot 80, Ryan Karfelt of Mount Pleasant Area, who fired an 83, and Southmoreland’s Max Sokol, with a round of 84, which served as the cutline score.
Additionally, Burrell sophomore Tucker Bitar qualified from the Class AA Section 1 event at Buffalo Golf Course in Sarver, as he carded a round of 84, one shot shy of the target score.
At the Class AA Section 8 at Uniontown Country Club, Tomalski, a junior, shot a round of 71, one shot ahead of the second-place finisher. His Leopards teammates, junior Rogan Maloney (75), freshman Jack Edwards (77), and freshman Jordan Mocello (81), all qualified with room to spare, as the cutline score was 86.
The WPIAL Class AA Boys Individual Championship will take place at historic Oakmont Country Club on Oct. 4, while the first round will occur on Sept. 26 at Hannastown Country Club in Greensburg.