PHS golfers prepare for league tournament
With the regular season coming to a close this week, the Parkland golf team now shifts its focus to the postseason. Despite not being pegged as one of the favorites heading into Monday’s East Penn Conference Tournament, Trojan head coach Ryan Kilpatrick believes this unit is capable of having success next Monday at Olde Homestead Golf Course.
“Our goal will obviously be to win the tournament, but we understand that there are some really good teams like Emmaus, Nazareth and Liberty,” Kilpatrick said. “All of our players will have to play their best rounds at the same time to give us a legitimate chance. I know they can all go pretty low, but they just have to do it during the same match.”
The Trojans are led by Trevor Grimm and Sam Mortazavi, who average in the mid-70s. If Parkland hopes to pull an upset next week, it will have to rally behind those two.
The two are going into the postseason on a high note. In their second last game of the regular season—in a win over Northampton—Grimm shot 76 and Mortazavi followed with a 77.
“We have Trevor Grimm and Sam Mortazavi that should definitely qualify for (individual) districts,” Kilpatrick said. “Trevor has about a 74 average so far this season and Sam is around a 77.
“As our captain, Trevor has been performing well all year and his form looks great going into districts. He knows how to score even if he doesn’t have his A game, which I think gives him confidence during all of his rounds.”
The rest of Parkland’s line up could important in the postseason as well. James Kelly shot an 85 against the Konkrete Kids, while Ava Sweeney (96) and Kyle Hoke (98) rounded out the top five.
There have been a number of pleasant surprises this fall season, and perhaps a few more will come on Monday and beyond.
“This year has been pretty much as I expected based on the players we had returning,” Kilpatrick said. “We didn’t have the depth we have had in previous years, but we had some nice surprise low scores along the way to help us win matches.”
Following Monday’s league tournament, the District 11 Class 3A qualifier will be held the following Monday, September 30, at Olde Homestead Golf Club beginning at 9 a.m.
The District 11 Class 3A and 2A tournaments will follow the Monday after that, on October 7, at Steel Club in Hellertown.