Fassnacht wins District bronze

By on October 11, 2017
Warwick junior Brock Fassnacht, shown here burying a putt for birdie, finished with a 1-under 143 (74-69) over two days at the District Three Triple-A Championships and took home the bronze medal.

Warwick junior Brock Fassnacht, shown here burying a putt for birdie, finished with a 1-under 143 (74-69) over two days at the District Three Triple-A Championships and took home the bronze medal.

Wills also advances to Regionals

Brock Fassnacht found himself in familiar territory.

A year ago, like last Friday, the Warwick junior was 9th after the first round of the District Three Triple-A Boys Golf Championships.

Unfortunately, his hopes for a berth at Regionals slipped away in 2016 when he ended up 30th after shooting 14-over.

This time was different, however.

Carding a 3-under 69 in Saturday’s second round in windy conditions, Fassnacht ended up taking home the District Three bronze medal and punching his ticket to the East Region Tournament with a two-day score of 143 (74-69) at Briarwood Golf Course in York.

“I felt pretty good,” Fassnacht said. “I thought I played really well both days and it was nice to place.”

Fassnacht will have company when he competes at Regionals next Monday, Oct. 16, as senior teammate Mason Wills grabbed the 16th and final berth with a two-day score of 9-over 153 (72-81). Both will making their first appearances at Regionals.

Wills was 1-over through 13 holes on the first day before a back injury slowed him the rest of the way.

“(Districts) went good … it didn’t go necessarily as planned, but better than it could have,” Wills said. “My main goal was to get through and I did.”

Moving on was also a big goal for Fassnacht. Even with a solid 2-over 74 in the first round, he was seven strokes behind Central York’s Joe Parrini, who ended up winning the District gold with an 8-under 136 (67-69).

“I kinda knew going in (Saturday) that I didn’t really have a chance to win,” Fassnacht said, “because (Parrini’s) a really good golfer and I would’ve had to shoot a ridiculously low number to even have a chance.”

Still, it wasn’t out of the question when he carded four birdies on the first six holes, leaving him at 4-under. A long birdie putt that Fassnacht buried on hole 3 gave him a shot in the arm.

“That really motivated me that I knew I could go low,” he said. “… On the first day, I missed a few shots which cost me, but the second day, I got off to a really hot start and I was just really happy with how I played.”

Shooting 3-under at the turn, Fassnacht started the back nine with six straight pars. For the round, he had five birdies and 11 pars.

“I was hitting the ball really solid,” he said. “I wasn’t hitting it as close as I was on the front, but I was hitting it on the fairway and on the green and I was just making pretty easy pars. I knew if I just kept doing that, I’d definitely be under the cut line.”

Fassnacht closed out the second day with birdie, par, bogey, clinching the District bronze by four strokes ahead of Manheim Township’s Trey Kuntz, who finished with a 3-over 147 (72-75).

“I just wanted to put two solid rounds together, somewhere around even-par or slightly under and then advance to the Regional Tournament, and that’s basically what I did,” he said.

Wills, meanwhile, benefited from a solid round on Friday to finish tied for fourth with Kuntz and Cumberland Valley’s Max Seeger, carding six birdies en route to shooting even-par 72.

“The course played pretty short because it played firm,” Wills recalled, “so it allowed me to hit a lot of wedges, which are what I consider a strength. That allowed me to hit it close and have birdie opportunities.”

Competing at less than full strength on Saturday due to his back injury, Wills was just 3-over at the turn, but a triple-bogey on the 10th and a double-bogey on the 15th put him on the bubble to advance.

“I knew going into it that swinging was going to hurt because with a muscular thing, it doesn’t get better overnight,” Wills said. “(The idea) was just do the best I can to get through it, use my short game the best I can because I wasn’t going to strike the ball that well and I just was able to get it around in just enough.”

On the 18th, believing he needed a birdie to advance, he found himself looking at a long putt for par.

“I chipped it to, like, 12 feet and I honestly thought I had a putt that meant nothing,” Wills recalled. “I was pretty frustrated at that point and I almost just whacked the putt without really caring. But then I figured there’s still pride to do the best I can and it ended up getting me in (Regionals).”

Manheim Township’s Shaun Fedor, Conestoga Valley’s Noel Veitch, and Chambersburg’s Grayson Hopple missed the cut at 10-over, one stroke behind Wills.

The Warrior senior expects to be ready to go for Regionals.

“(The back) is feeling a little better,” Wills said Monday. “(The goal is) survive and advance. Get through to States.”

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Warwick’s Kathryn Pelensky shot a two-day score of 29-over 169 (84-85) and tied for 14th place with Wilson’s Megan Ruffing in the District Three Triple-A Girls Championships, but came up short of advancing to Regionals.

Wilson’s Rachael Owens carded a 21-over 161 (79-82) to place eighth and grab the final Regional berth. Susquehannock’s Kendel Abrams shot 8-under 148 (74-74) to win the District gold.

 

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