Eagle golfers remain unbeaten in section

By on August 30, 2017
Cocalico’s Nolan Hesko, seen here during action last season, leads the Eagles with an average of 79.3 strokes per round

Cocalico’s Nolan Hesko, seen here during action last season, leads the Eagles with an average of 79.3 strokes per round

Tight fairways, slick greens and an unusual self-imposed penalty conspired to knock the Cocalico golf team from the ranks of the unbeaten Monday afternoon at Meadia Heights Golf Course in Lancaster.

The Eagles did surrender a tie, the first blemish on an other-wise perfect 23-0-1 record, as both Cocalico and Lampeter Strasburg finished with 356 strokes. The Pioneers sit in second place with a record of 18-5-1.

Solanco (15-9) was third at 364, while Manheim (15-9) finished fourth at 373. Garden Spot (407), Elizabethtown (414) and Ephrata (419) rounded out the field.

Seniors Nathanial Martin (79), Nolan Hesko (88) and Colby Martin (91) led the way for the Eagles, who also counted Ammala Moua’s score of 98.

after the round Hesko, who entered play Monday with an average of 76.3, expressed his disappointment.

“My ball striking was rough,” he said. “The course is tight, though. It will get you.”

He also talked about the one hole he would like to have as a do-over, a triple bogey on number 15.

“I accidently moved my ball,” he said. “I had to take a penalty stroke for it. That was rough.”

Even Hesko’s playing partners from Solanco, L-S and Manheim Central questioned the need for a penalty after a practice swing dislodged a twig that landed on his ball. A fluke that they didn’t even witness.

He also talked about the other challenges at Meadia Heights on this Monday afternoon.

“Coach told us to stay below the hole,” explained Hesko. “Those downhill putts will get you if you don’t. As a lefty, this course didn’t play too well for me. Normally, I work a little draw, but today I was working a fade. It just wasn’t going to work out.”

The Ephrata squad (1-23) continued to go through the growing pains of a young team. Taylor Moyer, the only senior on the team, led the way with 103. The Mounts also counted scores by junior Owen Gockley (105), sophomore Trevor Dydo (105) and soph Michael Storb (106).

“Record-wise, obviously we’ve been struggling,” said Mounts Coach Ed Gambler. “What I’m looking for, more than anything, is improvement and a positive attitude. That, I’m seeing.”

Gambler went on to explain exactly where the improvement will come from.

“Really, the biggest thing is just developing course management skills and the short game,” he said. “When kids come to the team in ninth grade, they don’t have a real understanding how hard to hit the ball. It takes a long time to figure out exactly how that works.”

Up next for both Cocalico and Ephrata are the final three Section Two matches before the L-L League Tournament. They play next Thursday at Foxchase, September 12 at Tanglewood and September 18 at Honeybrook.

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