Fassnacht ties for third at L-L Championships

By on September 26, 2018
Warwick senior Brock Fassnacht follows the flight of his ball on a tee shot at Monday’s L-L League Championships. Photo by Missi Mortimer

Warwick senior Brock Fassnacht follows the flight of his ball on a tee shot at Monday’s L-L League Championships. Photo by Missi Mortimer

Five Warriors advance to Districts

Just grind it out.

That became Brock Fassnacht’s rally cry Monday at the Lancaster-Lebanon League Golf Tournament.

As things grew evident that the Warwick senior wasn’t having his best day, he adapted.

“I just knew I had to stick with it and try to make a bunch of pars so I could easily make the cut,” Fassnacht said. “I figured I wasn’t going to win based on how I was playing, but I was just trying to make it to Districts.”

In the end, the 2017 L-L boys champion did exactly that, finishing tied for third with Octorara’s Hunter King with a 7-over par 77 at Conestoga Country Club in overcast, mid-60s conditions.

Manheim Township’s Shaun Fedor took home the League crown with a 2-over 72, two strokes ahead of runner-up Logan Hess (74), of Penn Manor.

Fassnacht is one of five Warrior golfers who punched their ticket to the District Three Triple-A Championships, to be held next Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6.

In the boys results, Kyle Gibble tied for 11th with a 13-over 83, Zach Stoyer was 19th with an 85, and Ethan Minnich finished tied for 21st at 87, just under the cut of 18-over, and Kathryn Pelensky placed fifth among the girls with a 90. The top 11 female golfers all advanced.

“Very much pleased,” Warwick coach Kevin McNece said. “Obviously, it would have been great to get all six (including Brant Bomberger, who shot an 89 and lost in a playoff for second Triple-A alternate), but five is pretty darn good.”

“It’s definitely going to be really fun taking basically our whole team to Districts,” Fassnacht said, “and I think everyone that we have there is really happy and looking forward to getting a chance to play in Districts.”

Fassnacht was among the favorites on Monday, having shot a 70 at Conestoga Country Club while winning last year’s title and also averaging an L-L best 70.0 this fall en route to leading Warwick to the Section Two championship.

“(There was) probably a little pressure, more on myself, because I felt like if I played my game that I should be able to win the tournament,” Fassnacht said. “But after I got in the flow of it, I didn’t really feel any pressure.”

Unfortunately, however, a bogey on number four and a double on the par-3 fifth led to him finishing the front nine at 4-over par.

“They were both just missed putts,” he said. “The front nine was kinda rough for me.”

It turned out to be a test of his resolve.

“I didn’t really hit the ball that great and I didn’t even really make it on the greens,” Fassnacht said. “But I was just trying to hang in there. I thought I was playing pretty tough today.”

Even shooting 4-over at the turn, however, he was still hopeful getting underway on the back-nine.

“I figured if I shoot a few under on the back, then I could possibly win,” Fassnacht recalled. “But then I made bogey on 12 and 13, and I figured it wasn’t really my day and I didn’t have my best stuff.”

Fortunately for Gibble, Stoyer, Minnich, and Pelensky, their stuff was good enough on Monday to join Fassnacht at Districts. Those four averaged an 86.3 between them.

“I think the weather being just not so good, that’s kinda what they’ve been shooting all year and it was just tough conditions,” McNece said. “It never got warm and was just kinda rainy the whole day. Kyle was playing pretty good for a little bit and then he ran into a little bit of trouble. And Kathryn needs to do a little stuff on her game. We’ve got a week to get her back on track. But that’s the main thing is getting them to qualify.”

Last Friday, Warwick completed a perfect 30-0 season by carding a 328 to finish first in a Section Two match at Tanglewood Manor Golf Club. Fassnacht led Warwick with a 72, followed by Gibble (82), Clayton Hartman (87) and Stoyer (87). The Warriors were 48 strokes ahead of runner-up Elizabethtown, which shot a team score of 376.


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