SLIPPERY ROCK - Warren settled for a fourth place finish in a Region 3 megamatch at Slippery Rock on Monday, but will have two golfers in the field at the District 10 Championships October 9 at the Grove City Country Club.
Sophomore Nathan Sandberg and freshman Andrew Gignac finished among the eight best season averages during the year and will represent the Dragons at the District 10 meet.
"That's huge for both of those guys," said Warren coach Dan Passmore. "Andrew was especially impressive. He made up something like seven strokes on the field to make the districts cut. That's pretty incredible for a freshman."
In addition to qualifying for districts, Gignac paced the Dragons team Monday, finishing with a 76. Gignac's score was the fourth lowest of the afternoon.
Following Gignac were Nick Allen with an 83, Sandberg with an 86, Carter Cerra with an 89, Anthony Deppas with a 90 and Zach California with a 96.
Warren was fourth with a team score of 334, finishing ahead of Oil City (352). Region champion Meadville won the match with a 306 followed by Slippery Rock (316) and Grove City (327).
On his home course, Slippery Rock's district top qualifier Brett Rinker carded an impressive 66. The round would've been ever more impressive if not for a four-putt on his final hole.
Region 3 Megamatch
at Slippery Rock
Team results: Meadville 306, Slippery Rock 316, Grove City 327, Warren 334, Grove City 352
WARREN (334): Andrew Gignac 76, Nick Allen 83, Nathan Sandberg 86, Carter Cerra 89, Anthony Deppas 90, Zach California 96
Medalists: Brett Rinker (SR) 66, Zack Ford (Mead) 72, Charlie Holy (Mead) 74
D-10 Qualifiers: 1. Rinker (SR), 2. Ford (Mead), 3. Ben Lucas (GC), 4. Holt (Mead), 5. Sandberg (War), 6. Bob Paczkowski (SR), 7. Gignac (War), 8. Dalton Zelesko (Mead)
Eisenhower's young boys golf team continued a season of learning Monday with a fifth-place finish in the five-team Eisenhower Invitational Field at Cable Hollow Golf Course.
Titusville, Corry, Franklin and Rocky Grove joined Eisenhower in the field and the Rockets took the top team position with an overall score of 331. Titusville also featured a pair of low round golfers on the day - Matt McCord with a 77 and Eric McGinnis with a 79.
Corry placed second in the field with a 348 and was followed by tge 367 of Franklin, the 398 of Rocky Grove and the 401 of the host Knights. Corry's Joe Sonntag tied McGinnis for the second low round of the day with his 79.
The Knights were led by the sub-100 efforts of Jacob Linkerhof and Hunter Keppel. Linkerhof led the squad with a 94 and Keppel carded a 98. Diamiond Zimmerman finished at 100 for the Knights, Ethan Black recorded a 109 and Trevor Flinn had a 114.
The Knights remain out of region competition Wednesday when they host Oil City in a non-region showdown. The match is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Jackson Valley Golf Club.
September 17, 2012
Team results: Titusville 331, Corry 348, Franklin 367, Rocky Grove 398, Eisenhower 401
EISENHOWER (401): Jacob Linkerhof 94, Hunter Keppel 98, Diamiond Zimmerman 100, Ethan Black 109, Trevor Flinn 114
Medalists: Matt McCord (Titusville) 77, Eric McGinnis (Titusville) 79, Joe Sontagg (Corry) 79