Three PHS golfers reach district tourney
Trevor Grimm posted a solid round of golf in last week’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference tournament.
After shooting 79 in the event, held Monday, Sept. 23 at Olde Homestead, the Parkland senior finished in a tie for seventh place in a bunched boys field that saw just four strokes spate the boys winner from the eighth place finisher.
“I had my goal set on winning, which didn’t happen,” said Grimm. “But that’s all right. I can’t be too mad about shooting in the 70s here. I wanted to shoot under 80. That was kind of my goal coming into today, so that was good.”
Grimm made two birdies, five bogeys and two double-bogeys in his round, which included 31 putts.
“I started off a little rough,” he said. “I was five over (par) through four holes, but after that I really settled in and played a lot better.”
Grimm suffered some bad luck on back to back holes. On the par-4 third hole, his drive came to rest out of bounds by one foot. On the downhill par-3 fifth hole, he had to take a drop after losing his tee shot.
“We all heard it land, but we got down there and never saw it,” said Grimm, who recently took first place in the Lehigh Valley Amateur Presidential Bracket. “We think it bounced back into the hazard. I had to take a drop there. Between those two penalties it really started the round off tough, but that’s all right.”
Grimm played the rest of his round, the last 14 holes, at 2-over par to finish 7-over in the event. It was his best finish in three years of qualifying for the league championships.
“I putted all right,” he said. “My wedges were really good. I was proud of myself for hanging in there and not giving up on the round.”
Grimm finished one stroke away from earning and exemption into the District 11 Championship Tournament. He took care of that at Monday’s District 11 Qualifier back at Olde Homestead, where he carded a 76 to earn a place in districts, which will be held Monday at The Steel Club in Hellertown.
The top six players from the District 11 Class 3A boys field move on to regionals. Last season, Grimm was one of three Parkland players who shot 80 at districts to tie for seventh place and missed advancing to regionals by one stroke.
“My ultimate goal would be to win it, but getting through would be good enough for me because regionals is a pretty big deal,” said Grimm.
Trojan teammates Sam Mortazavi and James Kelly also earned a spot in districts Monday.
Mortazavi tied with Emmaus’s Matt Zerfass for the best score at the qualifier. They each shot 1-over par 73. Parkland’s Danielle Crenshaw played in the girls tournament Monday and shot 116 to finish one place away from qualifying for districts.
Ava Sweeney will also represent Parkland at districts. The senior took second place in the EPC girls tournament with a round of 91 to earn and exemption into Monday’s district championship tournament.
Emmaus’s Michelle Cox won the EPC girls tournament with a 74.
Mortazavi shot 84 for 15th place at the EPC Tournament, while Kelly carded an 86 and teammate Connor Nelson shot 116.
As a team in 2019, Parkland went 8-5 overall and 8-4 in league play after graduating three of its top five players from last season.
“I think we did pretty well,” said Grimm. “We beat Northampton, which was a good win. We played pretty much to the standard we set at the beginning of the year.”