Pelensky second in LCJGT’s standings

By on June 30, 2015
Kathryn Pelensky, a soon-to-be freshman at Warwick High School, follows through on a tee shot in the Lancaster County Junior Golf Tour.

Kathryn Pelensky, a soon-to-be freshman at Warwick High School, follows through on a tee shot in the Lancaster County Junior Golf Tour.

Kathryn Pelensky didn’t have a great feeling about her round at Four Seasons on Thursday, June 18.

That is, not until seeing her scorecard at the end of the day.

“I didn’t think I was doing the best until I actually added up my score,” the rising Warwick freshman said, “and then I was like, ‘Oh OK, I’m not doing that bad.’”

Turns out, not bad at all.

Her score of 99 was good enough for first place in the Lancaster County Junior Golf Tour’s Girls 18-Hole Division, two strokes ahead of Madison Bailey and Erica Corey, who tied for second at 101.

Currently through three events, Pelensky is second in the tour standings with 34 1/2 points, just one behind leader Bailey (35 1/2). She added a runner-up finish at Tanglewood Manor Golf Club with a 94. Bailey was first at Tanglewood with a 16-over 85.

“I’ve been doing OK,” Pelensky said. “I’m just trying to get ready for high school golf.”

To that end, she has been working hard and taking golf lessons to try to improve her scores.

“I’m feeling pretty confident to work on a bunch of new stuff,” Pelensky remarked.

She acknowledges that her short game hasn’t been where she would like it to be. But she showed progress while sinking four pars &tstr; three on the front nine on holes 5, 8 and 9 &tstr; en route to claiming top honors at Four Seasons.

“I think I’m the second youngest in the group of girls, so it just felt really good to be able to (win),” Pelensky said. “It was pretty cool.”

It was her first win since topping the field at Overlook Golf Course a year ago.

“I hadn’t played (Four Season) in awhile, except I played it like a week before I went out to play it for the tournament, and I did OK in my practice round,” Pelensky recalled.

In her round at Tanglewood last week, Pelensky fired a par on the 259-yard hole 12. That was part of a strong back nine, in which she fired just 7-over.

“I was hitting my irons pretty well,” Pelensky remarked. “My short game is what I’ve been trying to improve on. I’ve been going out and practice more to try to work on my short game.”

In the opening event of the tour, Pelensky shot a 106 and finished third at Overlook Golf Course.

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