USC’s Steve medals again
For the second week in a row, Thomas Steve from Upper St. Clair claimed medalist honors on his way to qualifying for the WPIAL Class AAA boys’ golf championships. After shooting a 3-under-par 68 to win the Section 5 title, Steve shot the lowest score, a 2-over-par 74 on the 6,375-yard course at the Youghiogheny Country Club.
The top 12 players in each of three district semifinals advanced to next week’s individual championships to be played Oct. 2 at Diamond Run Golf Course.
While Steve’s teammate and fellow senior, Grant Engel, qualified with a 79 and tied for seventh place, Mt. Lebanon’s Gabe Nass finished fifth overall with a 77.
South Fayette’s Corey Long and Tyler Vidak both fired 80s and made the cut. Though Pat McDonnell shot a similar score, the USC senior is the designated alternate for the finals.
On the par 70, 6,513-yard course at Cranberry Highlands, Peters Township advanced three duffers. Sophomore Jake Sollon fired a 72 and finished tied for fourth. Seniors Josh Verner and Cody Ruffing placed ninth and 11th by carding a 74 and 77 respectively.
Ben Setar led the list of local qualifiers emerging from the Hannastown Golf Club site. The Canon-McMillan senior finished third with a 74 score.