August 10, 2007 at Out Door Club
York County Junior Golf Association
vs. Lancaster County Junior Golf Tour
2007 Junior War of the Roses
|Josh Burg||Dan McCrudden|
|Connor Lefever||Conor Gilbert|
|Matt Burkhart||Ian Byerly|
|David Denlinger||Mike Cotich|
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A review of the Junior War of the Roses, from Lancaster New Era reporter Harold Zeigler is below.
County Juniors Win ‘War’
Local team overwhelms York squad for its fourth straight victory in the Junior War of the Roses.
By HAROLD ZEIGLER
Lancaster New Era
Published: Aug 11, 2007 12:29 PM EST
YORK - Do not expect the talent level among Lancaster County junior golfers to decline any time soon. If there is one conclusion that came out of the 4th annual Junior War of the Roses Friday, that was it.
Confident and powerful, the county’s top junior golfers overwhelmed those from York and romped to a 21-3 victory in the Ryder Cup-like match at the Out Door Country Club. These were matches that had become competitive over the last two years, Lancaster winning just 13-11 two years ago at the Country Club of York and in a sudden-death shootout after a 12-12 deadlock last year at Meadia Heights. But there was no competition Friday. “I was ready for a war,” said Lancaster co-captain Corey Gast. “It was more of a massacre.” Lancaster won the nine-hole morning fourball (better ball), 5-1. It then won the nine-hole morning foursomes (alternate shot), 5-1, to take a 10-2 lead into the afternoon singles. It needed just 21-w points in 12 singles matches to win, but Lancaster hardly coasted, winning 11 of those 12 singles matches, many in dramatic come-from-behind style. It was the fourth straight win in the series for Lancaster, and the most decisive margin of victory since an 18-6 decision in the first Junior War in 2004. “Every year we come into this and we (say), ‘If we’re going to win it, this is the year to win it’, “ said Dan Whiteley, who has played on every York team. “Every year we come in on a high, and then we lose. “And then the next year we say the same thing. And then we lose. “But I didn’t expect that score. I don’t really know how to explain that. “They just got it rolling and mentally, after the morning, I think we were done.”
Josh Burg, Brandon Hartranft, Alex Palmer and Zach Miller all went 3-0 for Lancaster. Burg, Hartranft and Palmer were veterans, having played last year. No one was surprised at their success. But the stunning performances for the winners came from the 13-15 year-old age group. Ian Byerly, Mike Cotich, Conor Gilbert and Dan McCrudden, all playing in their first Junior War, each went 3-0. McCrudden overpowered Brandon Greenplate 9 & 8, but continued his round. He finished at 1-under-par 71, the first time he shot under par. “We have a strong group, and everyone played well today,” McCrudden said. The matches, for all intents and purposes, were over once Lancaster dominated the fourball and foursomes play. An indication of what was to come came in the better-ball match between Lancaster’s Austin Wolf and Connor Lefever against York’s Steve Crain and Matthew Davis. Crain-Davis played the eight holes in 2-under par. Wolf-Lefever played eight holes in 4-under to deliver a 2 & 1 win. Up 10-2 at lunch, someone joked that the headline should be: Lancaster delivers European whipping. And that was before the singles matches even began. Then it got worse. Not content to coast, Gilbert rallied from 1-down after 12 holes to win, 1 up, over Jordan Donaldson. Miller was 1 down early before beating David Denner, 3 & 2. Matthew Burkhart was also down early before beating Shane Henry, 4 & 3.
But the big rallies came from Hartranft and Wolf. Hartranft, a 14-year-old freshman at Manheim Township, playing with the 16-17 year-olds, won the last four holes to beat Corey Trout, 2 up. Whiteley was 4 up on Wolf through six holes. But Wolf played the next 11 holes in 5-under par to win, 2 & 1. Also superb was Lefever, who was 4-under-par in 14 holes en route to beating Steve Crain, 5 & 4. “Everyone was pretty much on the top of their game,” Wolf said. It was, as Gast said, a massacre that nobody saw coming. And the amazing thing is that only Lefever and Miller are high school seniors, meaning that 10 of the players could be back on next year’s team. “That shows you how deep Lancaster County golf is,” said Gregg Hostetter, Lancaster’s other co-captain. “You can tell the future of Lancaster County golf is going to be bright, especially right now. “There was no weak spot on our team.”