Derry’s Hunter Jurica shares 1st-round lead in WPIAL Class 2A golf championship

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Monday, September 26, 2022 | 9:31 PM


Derry senior Hunter Jurica likes the new way the WPIAL will determine the golf champion.

Instead of a one-day event, the WPIAL is holding a two-day competition for the boys and girls.

The Class 2A boys and both girls classifications held their first round Monday.

Jurica and Brownsville junior Daniel Sethman shot 4-over-par 74s to take the lead into the second and final round Oct. 4 at Oakmont Country Club.

The girls played their first round at Youghiogheny Country Club. The final is Tuesday at Valleybrook Country Club in McMurray.

Jurica began his round with a birdie on the first hole. He also birdied on No. 6 and ended his round with a birdie on No. 18.

“I like the new system,” Jurica said.

“My score carries over to Oakmont, and I’m in a good position to advance to the state tournament. I can’t wait to play Oakmont again.”

Sethman had a solid round that included birdies on Nos. 7 and 10. He finished with a bogey, which cost him the lead.

A shot back of the leaders are South Park junior J.P. Tusai and Uniontown junior Logan Voytish, both at 75. Belle Vernon junior Rogan Maloney is fifth with a 76, and tied for sixth at 77 are Ligonier Valley senior Josh Harbert, Mt. Pleasant sophomore Ryan Karfelt and Greensburg Central Catholic senior Wade Boyle.

The top 36 golfers advance to Oakmont.

“The new system is OK,” Maloney said. “I didn’t know much about it. I just want to go out and play my game.”

Frazier junior Nixen Erdely, battling a sore wrist, was able to advance by shooting an 80. He said he’s looking forward to the final round.

“I like the new system because it will create a true winner,” Erdely said. “I didn’t play well (Monday), but my goal is to shoot a 76 at Oakmont.”

Quaker Valley senior Eva Bulger shot an 8-over 80 and holds a four-shot lead on Geibel senior Claire Konieczny (84) and a five-shot lead on Greensburg Central Catholic junior Izzy Aigner (85) in Class 2A.

There were 16 golfers who advanced. Bulger is three-time champion.

South Fayette senior Marissa Malosh leads in Class 3A after shooting a 3-over 75. She holds two-shot lead on Seneca Valley junior Lihini Ranaweera (77) and a three-shot edge on North Allegheny senior Katie Rose Rankin (78).

The top 27 advanced in Class 3A.

Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Paul by email at pschofield@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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