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Goodling moves on to State Golf Championships Baker falls just short in playoff round
By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor, Staff Writer
After the first few holes on Tuesday, playing in chilly, windy conditions at the PIAA Eastern Regional Golf Championships, Manheim Central’s Haley Goodling couldn’t feel her hands.
The Lady Barons’ sophomore admitted that it wasn’t one of her better days on the links.
It took a turn for the better, however, when Goodling learned that, despite her struggles, she had actually punched her ticket to the State Triple-A Championships after placing 11th with a 14-over 86 at Golden Oaks Golf Course in Fleetwood. The top 12 finishers advanced, with Township’s Mary Beth Palic (87) being the final golfer to make the cut.
"I was miserable," Goodling said. "At the end, I was so confused. I was like, ‘How did I make it out of that?’ But hey, whatever works."
The greens at Golden Oaks contributed to some of the difficulties that Goodling was experiencing. When she walked the course late last week, the greens were playing fast, but it was a different story when she arrived at the course on Tuesday.
"I just wasn’t hitting the ball as well as I could have and I couldn’t adjust to the greens," Goodling said. "When we did our practice round on Friday, they were really fast. So that’s what I tried to practice — faster greens. But then when we got there today, they were a lot slower."
She started on the 16th hole, and Goodling definitely played her best golf on the back nine, where she recorded birdies on par-5 hole 18 and par-4 hole 15 and an eagle on par-5 hole 13. She also came through with a couple of pars.
On the front nine, she had pars on holes 4 (par-5) and 7 (par-4) and then birdied hole 9 (par-5).
"I guess I made a few putts when I needed to," Goodling humbly said. "Some of my chips got me in better places. I had a few good shots here and there."
She will be hoping for a few more good shots when the State Championships are held next Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 22-23 at Heritage Hills in York.
"I’m pretty happy that I made it. I’m surprised at how I made it there, but I’m OK with how I played today making it," Goodling said. "Now my next goal will just be to play my best in States and we’ll see how it goes. I’ll just enjoy the experience."
Warwick senior Drew Baker also competed at the PIAA Regionals and fired a 7-over 79, sending him to a four-way playoff for one spot at the State Triple-A Championships.
That berth ended up going to Carlisle junior J.D. Hughes, who claimed the 24th and final berth. Township’s Craig Hornberger won the Regional title with a 3-under 69. More GOODLING, page B-8