Kshatri leads Parkland at EPC Golf Tournament
Parkland’s Nick Kshatri has played at Woodstone Country Club three times in his high school golf career, including last year’s inaugural Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Tournament, in which he shot an 81.
In his most recent trip to Woodstone for this year’s EPC Tournament, things didn’t go as smoothly for Kshatri.
Following periods of rain in the days prior to the tournament that left the greens and fairways wet, as well as steady gusts of winds for much of the round, must of the field struggled to shoot their season averages. Kshatri wasn’t an exception to that, as he fired a 90 on Thursday to lead Parkland’s group of seven golfers.
“The conditions were impossible,” Kashatri said. “They just aerated the fairways and the greens were aerated a little awhile ago, too. It was wet and cold, and it was impossible for people to shoot their averages they’ve been shooting all year.”
Only three golfers shot below an 80 on the day, led by champion Brian Whelan of Pocono Mountain East with a 76. Bethlehem Catholic’s Nick Maff (77) and Nazareth’s Nick Atherholt (79) finished in second and third, respectively.
As a team, Nazareth edged Emmaus by seven strokes by shooting a 326 score from their four-best golfers.
Kshatri’s rough day got started from the first tee. He shot a 47 on his first nine holes due mostly to a pair of triple-bogeys.
“I hit two drives out of bounds on the first hole, and that kind of set the tone for the whole round,” Kshatri said. “I had two other triple-bogeys. It was just bad from the start really.
“I hit a few drives, maybe three or four, out of bounds and in hazards. My putting was not great. It was pretty hard to putt; the greens were bumpy and inconsistent.”
As the round progressed, Kshatri started to play well on his final nine holes, yet he was still unsatisfied with a score that was nine strokes higher than a year ago.
“I played better on my second nine, but I wouldn’t say I finished as strongly as I could,” Kashatri said. “I had a few holes that I blew up on, otherwise I didn’t play that bad. But the score in and of itself was awful.”
Alec Cwienkala (91), Ben Tetzlaff (92), Kevin Zimmerman (105) and John Angelella (109) rounded out the Trojan boys’ finishers. Jackie Katz (117) and Suyeon Hong (119) competed on the girls’ side as well for Parkland.