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Pelensky takes top honors at Foxchase
By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor, Staff Writer
Walt Pelensky wanted to prove that his 79 at Overlook two weeks ago wasn’t a fluke.
This past Monday, on the third leg of the Lancaster County Junior Golf Tour, the Warwick freshman-to-be fired a 1-over 73 at Foxchase Golf Club to capture top honors in the junior boys division. Pelensky was one of 40 competitors in the junior boys division.
"I really had a good time and it was a big leap forward for me to be able to shoot it in competition," said Pelensky, whose previous best at Foxchase was a 74 from the blue tees.
Going into Monday’s action, he was third in the junior boys standings with 32 points after the first two rounds at Overlook and Four Seasons. His finish at Foxchase vaulted him into second place with 30.5 total points, behind only Connor Sheehan, who has 38 points.
It also helped him forget about an eighth-place finish at Four Seasons last Thursday, where he carded an 87.
"It was just amazing for me to be able to do that (at Foxchase) because I needed to get my name out and show that I was a good golfer," Pelensky said. "Two weeks (ago), I played at Overlook and shot a 79 and I didn’t want people to think it was a fluke and that I just got lucky that day."
Starting on hole 17 in the shotgun format, he finished with two bogeys on the front nine. But Pelensky recovered and knocked home a eight-foot birdie putt on par-3 hole 13. He got to the green on the 114-yard hole thanks to a nice tee shot with his pitching wedge.
For the most part, though, his chipping and putting were strong points at Foxchase. That helped him finish two strokes in front of runner-up Nate Rader, who shot a 75.
"I made a lot of crucial three, four-foot putts for par," said Pelensky, who finished with a 1-under 35 on the back nine.
Although there were a couple of other putts that got away, he wasn’t complaining.
"I could’ve done better today … I missed a lot of short putts for birdie, but I’m really satisfied with what I shot today," Pelensky said. "Usually my driving is my strong point, which was good today, but it wasn’t great."
It might not come as a surprise that Pelensky put together such a quality round on Monday. For a couple of years, he actually considered Foxchase to be his home course.
"I had played there a lot," Pelensky said. "I used to play there maybe three days a week or something, so I was fairly familiar with it."
Pelensky hopes to be familiar with another low score when the LCJGT resumes on Thursday, July 14 at Tanglewood Golf Course in Quarryville.
"My goals are just to stay right where I am and hopefully be able to go out on the 14th and post a good score," Pelensky said.
Kathryn Pelensky is currently ranked first in the Junior-Junior girls 9-hole division with 36 points after three rounds. Pelensky, who won her division with a 56 at Overlook on June 16, is two points in front of Lauren Wassell. Pelensky was runner-up in her next two rounds, with a 66 at Four Seasons and 68 at Foxchase.
Elsewhere, Drew Baker, a District qualifier for the Warwick High School golf team last fall, is currently ranked 14th in the senior division with 10.5 points. He shot 75 at Overlook and 83 at Four Seasons. More PELENSKY, page B-2