Golfers compete in districts
Five Parkland golfers competed in Monday’s District 11 Championships at Lehigh Country Club.
Three Trojans finished in a tie and came just one place short of advancing to regionals. Seniors John Angelella and Chris Panny, along with sophomore Trevor Grim, finished in a four-way tie for seventh place with Northampton’s Devon Britton.
“I played pretty well,” said Trevor Grimm. “I had a few holes I wish I could have back but all around I played pretty good.”
The three Trojans each shot 80 at districts, where the top six finishers advance to regionals.
Parkland senior JC Grimm shot 83 at districts to tie for 15ht place, while Ava Sweeney played in the girls district tournament and carded a 111.
While Parkland didn’t qualify for this year’s district team tournament, the four players who qualified individually shot a combined score of 323, which would have tied for second place in the team competition. Emmaus topped Northampton with a score of 315 for this year’s title. Northampton finished at 323.
It was the first appearance in districts for all four Parkland boys players, who spend their summers on the links on Allentown Municipal. The seniors have all been part of the team for four years and helped it win 14 matches this year, losing only to Emmaus and Parkland.
The three Parkland seniors capped stellar high school careers at Monday’s district championship tournament.
“I think we set a goal coming into the season to win districts,” said senior JC Grimm. “We didn’t get that far but we all played solid as a team round-in and round-out. Our team chemistry was phenomenal. I couldn’t have had a better team to play with, especially for my senior season.”
Emmaus’ Mitch Machulsky took first place in the District 11 Class 3A boys tournament. He shot 5-over par 75 and won on the third hole of a playoff over Northampton’s Andrew Hozza. Stroudburg’s Olivia Paltrow won this year’s Class 3A girls title with a 72, which beat defending champ Michelle Cox of Emmaus by 10 strokes.
In Class 2A, Notre Dame (East Stroudsburg) senior William Mirams capped a record-setting district tournament career by earning his fourth straight district title. He shot 3-under par 67 to become the first player ever to win four district titles. Moravian Academy won the Class 2A team title at 342, while Moravian’s Grace Sanborn took this year’s girls title.
wins LV Amatuer
Trevor Grimm headed into the high school postseason on a roll. The Parkland junior won this year’s Lehigh Valley Amatuer High School Division title on Sept. 29, with none of his four matches getting past the 15th hole.
“It was probably the four best rounds of my life,” he said. “All four I struck the ball really well, putted great and made a bunch of clutch shots.”
Grimm had tried to qualify for the tournament twice before. The first time he didn’t get through the qualifying tournament. Last year he made the field but lost in his first match.
This year, he won his first match 5 and 4. His next two were 4 and 3 wins. Then he finished the tournament with another 5 and 4 win in the title match.