Riverside Freshman Skyler Fox Wins 2016 WPIAL 2-A Golf Title

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Thursday, September 29, 2016 | 9:31 PM


Despite his youth, Riverside’s Skyler Fox showed no signs of freshman nerves, as he made par on the 18th hole to secure the 2016 WPIAL Boys Class 2A Individual Championship. Fox, who also had the best qualifying round last week, shot a two-over 72 to claim gold at Allegheny Country Club in Sewickley.

Holding a one stroke lead entering the tee box on the par-4 final hole, Fox hit his drive to the right of the fairway, into the rough. He produced a spectacular second shot that found the green, though, which allowed him two opportunities with the putter. Although his first attempt on a downhill lie traveled past the cup, Fox sank a short uphill putt to conclude his incredible round. He shot a 36 on both the front and back nine.

Fox edged a pair of players, South Park’s Tyler Brinker, and the 2015 champion Jason Li, of Sewickley Academy, both of whom shot 73. Quaker Valley’s Chris Tanabe, who captured the title in 2014, finished in a tie for fourth with McGuffey’s Colin Chapman.

Rainy and windy conditions earlier in the round prompted a brief delay for the 44 competitors, as the grounds crew repaired greens that were saturated by water.

The top 16 finishers advanced to the PIAA Western Regional, which will be held at Tom’s Run Golf Course at Chestnut Ridge in Blairsville on Oct. 17. Among the qualifiers, all were juniors and seniors except for Fox, and sophomores Tre Bartony and Tiger Hubbard.

Southmoreland’s Josh Redding earned the final spot in the western regional, as he edged California’s Nathan Luketich on the first playoff hole. As a result, Luketich will serve as an alternate.

1

Skyler Fox 9 Riverside

72

 

+2

T2

Jason Li 12 Sewickley Academy

73

 

+3

T2

Tyler Brinker 11 South Park

73

 

+3

T4

Chris Tanabe 12 Quaker Valley

74

 

+4

T4

Colin Chapman 12 McGuffey

74

 

+4

6

Daniel Morgret 12 South Park

75

 

+5

7

Evan Long 12 Laurel

76

 

+6

T8

Tiger Hubbard 10 Burrell

77

 

+7

T8

Tre Bartony 10 Cardinal Wuerl N.C.

77

 

+7

T8

Will Nicolito 12 Sewickley Academy

77

 

+7

11

Hunter Donahue 11 McGuffey

78

 

+8

T12

Christian Sadler 11 Bentworth

79

 

+9

T12

Ryan Gex 12 Sewickley Academy

79

 

+9

14

Aaron Yorio 11 Waynesburg

80

 

+10

15

Austin Lis 12 Burgettstown

81

 

+11

T16

Josh Redding 11 Southmoreland

82

 

+12

T16

Nathan Luketich 12 California

82

 

+12

18

Declan Hickton 12 Sewickley Academy

83

 

+13

T19

David Chapman 11 McGuffey

84

 

+14

T19

Jacob Verner 9 Seton LaSalle

84

 

+14

T21

Conner Chirdon 12 Deer Lakes

85

 

+15

T21

Mike Noethinger 12 Northgate

85

 

+15

T23

Jiri Banyas-Galecki 12 Deer Lakes

86

 

+16

T23

Morgan Penn 11 Freeport

86

 

+16

T23

Ryan Owry 12 Shenango

86

 

+16

T26

Brendt Billeck 12 Jeannette

87

 

+17

T26

Derick Petrishen 11 St. Joseph

87

 

+17

T26

Michael Rutherford 11 Central Valley

87

 

+17

T29

Cameron Copeland 11 Serra

88

 

+18

T29

Denny Wuyscik 12 Freeport

88

 

+18

T29

Liam Shea 12 Carmichaels

88

 

+18

T32

Erik Kasperowski 12 McGuffey

89

 

+19

T32

Mike Tanabe 10 Quaker Valley

89

 

+19

T34

Justin Hand 9 Riverside

90

 

+20

T34

Tyler Good 12 Ellwood City

90

 

+20

T34

Zach Collins 11 Vincentian

90

 

+20

T37

Anthony Naples 11 Jeannette

91

 

+21

T37

Matt Mincher 10 Laurel

91

 

+21

39

Rico Fernandez 11 Quaker Valley

92

 

+22

T40

Gage Clark 12 Jefferson Morgan

93

 

+23

T40

Matthew Barrish 10 Carmichaels

93

 

+23

T40

Nick Waskiewcz 10 Seton LaSalle

93

 

+23

43

Justin Seth 10 Winchester Thurston

99

 

+29

44

Alex Dina 12 Keystone Oaks

103

 

+33

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