Golf team goes 4-3 in early matches
The Parkland golf team opened the season with four wins and four losses in it’s first four matches. After splitting a tri-match with Easton and Central Catholic in the season opener, the Trojans defeated three opponents at Shawnee Golf Course in their second match.
Thursday, Aug. 15
Central Catholic 400, Parkland 419, Easton 426
Parkland’s top five scorers shot a 419 in the season opener against Central Catholic and Easton at Iron Lakes. Sam Mortazavi led the Trojans with a 6-over par round of 77, followed by James Kelly’s round of 79. Connor Nelson (81), Udit Garg (89) and Paige Diaz (93) rounded out the top five.
Easton’s Trevor Schubert shot the best of any player in the match with a round of 75. Central Catholic finished with five players shooting an 83 or under, led by Charlie Long’s 76.
Tuesday, Aug. 20
Parkland 399, Pocono Mountain East 462, Stroudsburg 468, Whitehall 543
Three Trojans shot in the 70s, and Parkland was able to take down Pocono Mountain East, Stroudsburg and Whitehall at Shawnee Golf Course. Mortazavi led the way with an even-par round of 72. Grimm (75) and Kelly (78) weren’t far behind, while Nelson shot an 84 and Ava Sweeney shot a 90 to round out the top five scorers.
Jason Koch shot an 80 to lead Stroudsburg, Pocono Mountain East’s Ryan Stettler shot a 79, and Whitehall’s AJ Capille finished with a 90.
Thursday, Aug. 22
Nazareth 379, Parkland 397
Nazareth had three players shoot 75 or below to squeeze out a close victory against the Trojans last week. Ethan Honsel paced the Blue Eagles with a 1-over par round of 72. Bryson Hiklin (74) and TJ Bohl (75) also led Nazareth.
Mortazavi once again led Parkland with a round of 72, followed closely by Grimm’s 74. Nelson (80), Kelly (84) and Sweeney (88) rounded out the top five.
Blue Mountain 424, Parkland 428
In another tough match to open this week, Parkland fell four strokes short against Blue Mountain at Schuylkill Haven Country Club. While Grimm’s round of 77 was by far the best of any golfer, Blue Mountain was more consistent at the top. Derrick Yuengling shot a round of 80 and led a group of five Blue Eagles that shot an 88 or lower against the Trojans.
Parkland’s final three scorers, meanwhile, shot either an 88 or 90. Mortazavi placed second on the team with an 85.