Warriors tied for second place after two matches

By on August 22, 2012

By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor bmorgan.eph@lnpnews.com, Staff Writer

Photo by Preston WhitcraftWarwick senior Drew Baker chips the ball onto the green on his way to shooting a 4-over 76 at Crossgates last Thursday.

Warwick had two golfers break 80 in its season opener last Thursday, Aug. 13 at Crossgates Golf Club, helping the Warriors card a final overall score of 337 which was good for second place out of seven teams.

"We have some guys that can shoot well and they did," Warwick coach Rob Fisher said. "It was way better than we were expecting, so it was definitely a pleasant surprise."

Senior Drew Baker and sophomore Walt Pelensky led the way for the Warrior linksmen with a 4-over 76 and 7-over 79, respectively.

"Drew played well, but didn’t score well. He missed a couple of short putts and he probably should have been around 73," Fisher said. "Walt, I think, was pretty happy with his round. I’m sure he had some shots he’d like back, but I’m pleased. For the first match, it’s pretty good."

Andrew Davies (89) and Ian Hart (93) rounded out the Warriors’ top four, as they placed two strokes ahead of Hempfield (339) while finishing the day with a 5-1 record.

Manheim Township, paced by Craig Hornberger’s round best score of 68, took home top honors in the match with a 291. Completing Section One’s final four finishers were Penn Manor (341), Ephrata (345), Conestoga Valley (348) and Cedar Crest (363).

The defending State champion Blue Streaks will once again be the favorite in Section One this fall, having lost just one player from 2011 while picking up a quality transfer.

"When you have the returning State champions in your Section and they’ve only lost one person … they’re not going to miss a beat this year," Fisher said. "With the rest of the schools, we can be very competitive."

Leading the way for the Warriors is Baker, a two-time District qualifier who tied for 11th place at the L-L Championships in 2011.

"This is (Drew’s) last go-around and he takes it very seriously," Fisher said. "Drew is an excellent golfer. We have big expectations for him this year. I would expect him to go very far this year. Walt is just kinda coming back into form. And again, he’s only going to keep getting better and better, so I was very pleased with his 79."

The Warriors were back on the links this past Tuesday, hosting Section One and placing third with a round of 336 to finish 4-2 at Overlook. They finished just five strokes behind runner-up Hempfield, which had a final score of 331.

Baker led the way for Warwick with a 78, as the Warriors improved to 9-3 on the season, tied with the Black Knights for second place in the Section One standings. Pelensky added an 80, Davies dropped five strokes from his score while shooting an 84, and Hart ended up with a 94.

Manheim Township’s Ryan Dornes led all golfers with a 67, as the Blue Streaks remained unbeaten and improved to 12-0 with a first-place score of 284. Hempfield and Warwick followed in the second and third spots, and then Penn Manor (339), Ephrata (340), Cedar Crest (353) and Conestoga Valley (358) completed the scoring. More WARRIORS, page B-6

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