10 NTL golfers advance to second day at districts
EAGLES MERE - It was a big day for the NTL on Thursday as 10 golfers advanced to the second day of districts at Eagles Mere.
In the team standings Wellsboro was second at 360, while Towanda tied with Central Columbia for third at 363. Danville won with a score of 336.
Towanda led everyone in the league with three golfers advancing, while Wellsboro, Athens and Mansfield had two each and Wyalusing had one move on.
"Honestly, I think we did pretty much exactly what I expected," Towanda coach Tim Farley said. "(David) Rodenhizer, (Hunter) Gordon and (Nick) Innocenzo are the three guys we have been leaning on all year long and they shot the scores I expected from them. The cut was pretty much exactly what I thought it would be at 92.
"They did exactly what I expected them to do. My other two first year players struggled, considering the pressure and the nerves which is pretty much what I was expecting, but it was a good learning experience for them. Overall it was a good day. I was a little surprised with how high the overall scores were.
Honestly, it's a ltitle bittersweet because Wellsboro beat us by three shots again and that kind of stings after all the close ones we have had this year with them. Overall, it was a good, solid day."
Towanda's Rodenhizer and Wellsboro's Zach Bower each led all local golfers with an 83, good for a tie for fourth.
Gordon of Towanda was one shot back with a round of 84, while Brett Kendrick of Wellsboro was at 87.
Mansfield's J.P. Shaw and Innocenzo were each at 88 and Mansfield's Ryan Campbell shot 89, while Athens' Zach Sitzman had a 90 and Wyalusing's Holdan Hitchcock shot a round of 92.
Austin Renz of Danville shot a round of 75 and leads by six shots.
The golfers advance to the second round on Saturday where they will look to try and qualify for regionals.
In the AA girls competition Athens' Reagan Martin advanced with a round of 111, sixth of the eight golfers moving on.
Katie Behnert of Milton leads the competition with a 92.
For the boys the other golfers who competed on Thursday from the NTL were Wellsboro's Dillan King (98), Mansfield's Jarrod Burd (99), CV's Nick Cevette (99), Athens' Patrick Cole (100) and Jacob Aquilio (102) and D.J. Springstead (103).
Towanda's Michael Johnson was at 108 and the Black Knights' Mitchell Shoemaker was at 109, while Mansfield's Max Colegrove shot a 113.
Athens' Sam Rockwell shot 122, Mansfield's Josh Everetts shot 125 and Tyler Kennedy had a 127.
Shikellamy's C.J. Tyler and Justin Geedey of Selinsgrove shot a 76 to lead the AAA match.
Farley was happy to see the way the NTL performed on Thursday.
"Despite our rivalry with Wellsboro we want to see their kids do well, we want to see Athens kids do well and all the league do well," Farley said. "10 or 11 kids out of the 22 that move on are NTL. The NTL had a very solid showing today team wise and individual wise. Right now we have got some guys that if they play well have a decent shot at advancing to regionals. That would be a nice feather in the cap if the NTL could pull that off or if we could pull that off especially. I'm real happy all the way around."