Kreider shoots 71 to place second in L-L golf

By on September 30, 2015

 

Ephrata’s Matt Kreider watches as his putt angles toward the cup on the second hole at Tanglewood GC Monday in the L-L League Tournament. Kreider finished at one-under 71 to place second overall. (Photo by Mike Shull)

Ephrata’s Matt Kreider watches as his putt angles toward the cup on the second hole at Tanglewood GC Monday in the L-L League Tournament. Kreider finished at one-under 71 to place second overall. (Photo by Mike Shull)

Ephrata’s Matt Kreider birdied the final two holes and then had to wait to find out that his one-under par 71 was just one stroke short in Monday’s Lancaster-Lebanon League Championship at Tanglewood Manor Golf Club in Quarryville.

Eventual champion Dom Oliveri of Conestoga Valley was sitting at two-under par, but had two holes to play (numbers one and two) in the shotgun start format. Back-to-back pars landed the CV senior the title.

The two traded the lead on two occasions in the front nine, as both carded one-under par 35’s. Oliveri took the lead for good on the par three 13th with a birdie, while Kreider bogeyed the hole. The par threes were Kreider’s downfall, as the Mounts senior bogeyed all three of the short holes.

A bogey by Kreider on the par three 16th gave Oliveri a three-stroke lead and set up the final surge by the Mounts’ number one. An approach shot on the par five 18th made the last red score seem unlikely, as his ball sat on the lower tier of the green, 22 feet from the hole. Kreider stroked the ball up the hill to the upper level and into the cup to make it close.

The other player in the trio at the top of the leaderboard was Manheim Township’s Jacob Macinanti, who tied Kreider for second place. The three will lead the L-L contingent of 19 in the District Three Tournament on October 9 & 10 at Briarwood Golf Club in York.

The girls champion was Addy Deery, who outlasted Lancaster Mennonite’s Grace Stillman on the second playoff hole for her second consecutive title. Both shot 79 in regulation, while playing in the same foursome.

“I hit the ball well all day,” described Kreider after the match. “But I didn’t putt the greatest, especially in the beginning when the greens were slow.”

Part of what caused the slow greens was the heavy fog that settled over the Tanglewood valley. Right up until the horns blew at 8:56 a.m., the tournament directors were considering a delay.

“I’m kind of used to it,” added Kreider, in talking about the early start. “Many of the summer competitions started at 7 a.m. I was loose, I was ready to go.”

Kreider did rack up five birdies on the day against only two by Oliveri. However, the four bogeys did fall short of the bogey-free round by the L-L champ.

Ephrata’s Matt Kreider displays his silver medal and the Bill Chronister Award for having the lowest season scoring average (75.4) in Section One. (Photo by Mike Shull)

Ephrata’s Matt Kreider displays his silver medal and the Bill Chronister Award for having the lowest season scoring average (75.4) in Section One. (Photo by Mike Shull)

Kreider will be joined in York by fellow senior Lauren Moyer, as the Lady Mount fired a 93 on the par 72 course in her second consecutive year to qualify for the District Tourney.

“I got off to a bumpy start,” said Moyer. “I liked my back nine and I finished strong. I played here (Tanglewood) Thursday and Saturday. I just wasn’t as long off the tee as I needed to be today.”

Ephrata’s team score (including Moyer in the top four) was 334, 42 behind District Three team qualifier Manheim Township, who placed six in the top nine and qualified eight of the 19 for the individual competition.

Moyer’s sister Taylor, a sophomore, finished 12th on the girl’s side at 109, five shots from a district berth. The remainder of the Mounts’ boys squad included senior Chase Weik at 84, senior Mitchel Storb at 86, senior Zach Frantz at 96 and sophomore Liam McGill at 99.

“The thing I always say is that this isn’t only about qualifying for Districts,” said Ephrata Coach Ed Gambler. “It’s about stacking up against the whole league. You never know what the cut line is going to be, so you have to hang in there for the entire round.”

Cocalico had three players in the L-L event as Drew Sawyer led the Eagles at 82, closely followed by Dan Fieger at 83, both just outside the District cut line. Nathaniel Martin also competed, finishing with a 98.

“Try not to make a high number,” said Cocalico coach Chip Kappesser with a smile when asked what he told the boys before the match. “We’ve been working on chipping and putting, because you can easily roll the ball off the green here. Fortunately, the greens were not super-fast, so you could go for it.”

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