With freshmen in any sport, there’s always some growing pains.
Corry has had some sensational ninth grader golfers in recent years: Bobby Scalise, Tommy Skelton, Greg Gurdak and Mike Frisina.
But they are few and far between.
Corry’s 2010 team is comprised of half ninth graders, and they show promise after Thursday’s opening Region 5 mega match at North Hills.
But CAHS finished fifth in the eight-school field, Fort LeBoeuf placing first with a 311 total. That was seven strokes ahead of General McLane, who was missing standout Garrett Rodgers who was taking part in the AJGA tournament at Kahkwa Club.
Nick VanDamia shot a 1-over-par 72 and Dan Rose carded 78 to lead LeBoeuf, coached by Rick Freeburg.
“Our region is like the old Erie County League, except for Harbor Creek and Northwestern,” said long-time coach Skip Laird. “We struggled early last year, shooting around 390, so I’m happy with this total (362).
“Our freshmen were really nervous, being the first time against competition,” he admitted. “It’s a learning experience, they’ll get better. Last year, someone shot their best round each of the region matches.
“Today was a long walk on a hot day, that gets to you,” Laird said of the 84-degree opener.
Austin Gillihan, the lone senior, led the Beavers with an 83. “He shot 40 on the front with two double bogeys, had four doubles, or look how good his score would have been — certainly in the 70’s,” Laird pointed out. “He’s a wrestler, he’s a fighter.”
Mitchell Burrows was second best carding an 88, showing rounds of 45 and 43.
Third with a 95 came freshman Ryan Sander, a southpaw. Levi Berkhous was a stroke behind at 86.
Freshman Nolan Pike shot 112, Kyle Dodd in at 125.
The top round of the day went to McLane’s Jimmy Lasher with a 69. “That’s a great score any time at North Hills,” Laird claimed.
Corry travels to Edinboro on Monday for the second region 5 mega match hosted by McLane.
The Beavers then host Franklin and Titusville on Tuesday before competing in the Blueberry Invitational on Wednesday and then at Girard. “We are busy early and done quick,” Laird stated.
Here are Thursday’s scores at North Hills where par is 71:
FORT LeBOEUF (311) - VanDamia 72, Latsko 79, Leonardi 82, Pagano 86, Rose 78, Hoge 94.
GENERAL McLANE (318) - Lasher 69, Gierlak 86, Graham 81, Pfieffer 102, Wright 95, Hughes 82
NORTH EAST (320) - Wakley 77, Hunter 79, Palmer 83, Ropiecki 81, Zahner 95, Triana 114.
FAIRVIEW (340) - Duran 76, Klein 82, Kloecker 85, Malthaner 97, Walker 103, McGrain 105.
CORRY (362) - Gillihan 83, Burrows 88, Sander 95, Berkhous 96, Dodd 125, Pike 112.
SENECA (363) - Sommers 85, Kendig 91, Smith 98, Morschhauser 95, Hodack 92, DeCoursey 99. IROQUOIS (408) - J.Finke 97, Kawski 94, L.Finke 98, Haas 119, Ropelewski 123, Benovik 131.
GIRARD (414) - Ochalek 85, Monico 100, Fournier 123, Roney 125, Sharman 106, Agnello 136.