Warriors take four of six, Wills is low medalist

By on August 30, 2017
Warrior junior Kyle Gibble, who carded a 97 on Monday at Meadia Heights, follows through on a long putt. Photo by Bruce Morgan

Warrior junior Kyle Gibble, who carded a 97 on Monday at Meadia Heights, follows through on a long putt. Photo by Bruce Morgan

Warwick senior Mason Wills fired a 3-over par 74 at Meadia Heights on Monday afternoon to grab the top spot in the fourth Section One match of the fall season. Wills and his teammates won four of the six Section contests, improving the Warriors’ L-L record to 16-8.

Manheim Township had the top team score for the day, carding a 307 to remain undefeated at 24-0. Hempfield finished in second place with a team score of 332. The Warriors were next, just three shots back at 335. Conestoga Valley (339), Penn Manor (347) and Cedar Crest (393) rounded out the top six in the tightly contested round.

After Wills’ 74, the rest of the Warwick top four that counted toward the team score included Brock Fassnacht (79), Kathryn Pelensky (85) and Kyle Gibble (97).

Wills got an early boost on the challenging course, where tight fairways require you to hit it straight off the tee.

“I birdied my first hole (number 10), which gave me confidence going forward,” he said. “I hit it pretty close with my wedges, and that led to a couple of birdies. You can’t play scared here, because you can get yourself in a lot of trouble.”

Warwick coach Kevin McNece was in charge of the group just behind the frontrunners, giving him a birds-eye view of Wills’ successful round.

“This is his (Wills) type of golf course,” McNece said. “It looked like he drove the ball well. It’s not that long, so he can score well because he hits it pretty straight. And he’s a good putter.”

McNece, talking about the advice he gave his team prior to taking on Meadia Heights, said, “Not to try to overpower the golf course. If you hit it in the trees, hit it out and take your lumps. Make a bogey, not a double or a triple.”

Wills agreed with that approach, acknowledging that since he isn’t a member, he only gets on the Lancaster course once or twice a year.

“There are a lot of holes where you have to know where to hit it,” Wills said. “You can’t whack driver off every tee.”

In regards to the rest of the season, Wills has ambitious goals.

“Ideally, we’d like to beat Township at some point, but that’s a tall task,” he said. “Personally, I’d like to go to Districts and beyond. Get deep (into the postseason).”

There are three remaining Section One matches for the Warriors before the Lancaster-Lebanon League Tournament in late September. They will play at Lebanon Country Club on Sept. 5, then travel to Four Seasons on Sept. 13, before wrapping up the regular season on Sept. 19 at Conestoga.

 

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