Golfers kick off fall with pair of matches

By on August 22, 2012

The Lancaster-Lebanon Golf League kicked off the fall season this past week with a pair of matches.

Ephrata made its Section One debut and performed solidly over the first two matches. Cocalico, meanwhile, looked like a team that will be in the hunt for a Section Two title this season.

Tuesday afternoon at Foxchase, Cocalico hosted the section and finished 4-2 on the day in a tightly contested match that saw Solanco finish with a team score of 316 to edge Garden Spot (317) and the Eagles (319).

Manheim Central was a distant fourth with 338 strokes, followed by Elizabethtown (347), Lampeter-Strasburg (363) and Lebanon (507).

The big story of the day was the play of Garden Spot’s Aaron Fricke, who broke a school record with a nine-under-par score of 63.

Individually for the Eagles, Nate Artz and Nate Sauder finished one-two on the day with scores of 75 and 76, respectively. Hans Shollenberger (82) and Ethan Miller (86) rounded out the Cocalico lineup.

After two matches, Cocalico and Solanco are tied atop the section with identical 10-2 team records.

Ephrata, meanwhile, earned its second-straight fifth-place finish Tuesday in a Section One match hosted by Warwick at Overlook.

Lacey Bensing shot a round of 78 to lead Ephrata, which finished with a team score of 340. Aaron Hubbard followed Bensing with and 85, while Megan Esterbrook (88) and Ryan Lefever (89) rounded out the top four for the Mounts.

Manheim Township, which had two players in the 60s (Ryan Dornes- 67 & Craig Hornberger- 69), went a perfect 6-0 Tuesday with a low team score of 284. Hempfield was a distant second at 331, followed by Warwick (336), Penn Manor (339), Ephrata, Cedar Crest (353) and Conestoga Valley (358).

Last Thursday, both Cocalico and Ephrata opened the 2012 season with section matches at Highlands of Donegal Golf Club and Crossgates respectively.

Ephrata made its Section One debut at Crossgates, and turned in a team score of 345 to place fifth among seven teams.

Bensing led the way for the Mounts with a round of 84. Esterbrook was next with an 85, while Lefever (86) and Hubbard (90) rounded out the top four for Ephrata.

Manheim Township, led by Hornberger’s low round of 68, went 6-0 on the day to capture the tournament with a total team score of 291. Warwick was next at 337, followed by Hempfield (339), Penn Manor (341), Ephrata (345), CV (348) and Cedar Crest (363).

Meanwhile at Highlands of Donegal Golf Club (formerly Groff’s Farm), Cocalico went a perfect 6-0 on the day to win the tournament with a team score of 332.

Sauder led the Eagles with a 78 while Artz was right behind him at 79. Shollenberger (85) and Garrett Strunk (90) rounded out the Cocalico lineup.

Manheim Central finished one stroke behind the Eagles in second place with 333 strokes, followed by Solanco (335), Garden Spot (348), Elizabethtown (353), Lampeter-Strasburg (369) and Lebanon (560).

Ephrata will be right back in action Wednesday afternoon when the Mounts travel to Four Seasons for a Section One Tournament, beginning at 1 p.m.

Cocalico will return to Section Two action Thursday with a tournament at Tanglewood, beginning at noon. More GOLF, page B-2

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