Fox Chapel’s Bitar named to AJGA Scholastic Junior All-America Team

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Saturday, October 12, 2019 | 12:25 PM


It has been quite the season for Fox Chapel senior golfer Scott Bitar.

Just over a week ago, Bitar captured the WPIAL Class AAA individual championship at Fox Chapel Golf Club, becoming the third Fox Chapel golfer to do so since 2014.

On Thursday, he added two more accomplishments to an ever-growing list.

First, Bitar and the Foxes topped Upper St. Clair by 12 strokes at Cedarbrook Golf Club in Belle Vernon to claim the school’s first WPIAL Class AAA boys team championship since 200.

“We had our ups and downs throughout the season, but it definitely felt great to finally get over the hump,” Bitar said Thursday after hoisting the Class AAA trophy.

Then, the Fox Chapel senior was named an Amateur Junior Golf Association Scholastic Junior All-American on Thursday.

Since 1988, the team has recognized 12 young men and 12 young women from across the country who demonstrate the ability to excel on the golf course and in the classroom.

According to the AJGA website, Bitar has a 4.48 GPA, is a national honor society member, acts as an assistant to the priest at St. Joseph’s parish and is the captain of the golf team.

Bitar was the only Pennsylvania golfer selected this season and is the first selected since Brian Isztwan from Huntingdon Valley in 2017. He is also the first Pittsburgh-area native selected to the team since Shady Side Academy’s Benjamin Cohen in 2007.

Former AJGA Scholastic Junior All-Americans have gone one to have successful professional careers. That list includes players like Casey Martin, Wendy War, Kellee Booth, Cristie Kerr, Matt Kuchar, Scott Langley and Patrick Rodgers.

Along with being selected to the AJGA Scholastic Junior All-American team, Bitar is eligible to compete in the Rolex Tournament of Champions that is taking place between Nov. 23-28 at the PGA National Resort And Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Greg Macafee is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Greg by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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