Goodling moves on to States Golf
BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor
, Staff Writer
Although Manheim Central’s Haley Goodling wasn’t totally pleased with her round of golf at the PIAA Eastern Regional Championships on Tuesday at Golden Oaks in Fleetwood, placing 10th with a 9-over par 81, there was at least a silver lining or two.
"I think I came in 11th (last year at Regionals with an 86). I improved by one, so that’s good," the Manheim Central junior laughed.
She also advanced to the State Championships for the second year in a row, to be held next Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 21-22 at Heritage Hills in York.
"Just making it through is all that matters and then hopefully at States, I’ll play better," Goodling said.
The cut-off to advance to States was an 84 and Goodling was one of 12 Triple-A girls golfers to move on. She was within reach of the leaders at the turn, shooting a 4-over 40, including a birdie on the par-5 hole No. 9.
Goodling also fired a pair of birdies on the back nine – on par-5 hole 13 and par-4 hole 15. But she also tripled on No. 11 and doubled on No. 16 while finishing with a 41.
"It was great golfing weather, but I just didn’t play very well in it," Goodling said. "(My round) was pretty up and down."
The good news, of course, is that she extended her season to States. At Heritage Hills next week, the reigning L-L League and District Three champion will hope to finish a tremendous junior season on a positive note.
"I was hoping I’d play a little bit better, but my goal was just to make it to States, basically," Goodling said.