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Latrobe junior Porembka goes to state golf championship

The Porembka name is synonymous to golf at Latrobe High School.

During the past four years, Ken Porembka was the school's most dominant golfer. He's moved on to Washington & Jefferson and now, Nathan Porembka is trying to pick up where his brother left off.

On Monday, the Latrobe junior earned a trip to the PIAA State Championship, which will be held Monday and Tuesday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York. He'll try to place better than his brother in the state tournament.

"I just want to go, have fun and do the best I can," Porembka said. "I have no expectations of winning there. I know there are way too many good golfers out there, way better than me."

Porembka advanced by turning in his fourth consecutive solid round and being consistent during individual competition.

He shot a 73 at the Division I, Section 1 tournament at the Latrobe Elks, a 76 in the semifinals at Hannastown Golf Club in Greensburg, a 79 at the WPIAL finals at Latrobe Country Club, and a 73 (1-over par) at the PIAA semifinals at Tom's Run Golf Course in Blairsville.

"I'm peaking at the right time," Porembka said. "My drives were horrible. I couldn't hit anything straight, but my putting was on. This was one of my better rounds of the season."

Porembka liked the conditions at Tom's Run. Even though he wasn't hitting the ball accurately, he was able to recover because of the wide open fairways.

"I didn't get in to much trouble," Porembka said. "All the putts I was making saved me big time. A 73 out here today is pretty good. I'll take it anytime."

Being Ken Porembka's younger brother has its advantages. Nathan Porembka seemingly came out of nowhere.

"I try to get out of the thing of being Ken's little brother all the time, but if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be here," Porembka said. "I've learned a lot from him, my shots and how to act on the golf course. I try not to get mad at myself."

Now he'll try to make his own mark next week at the state tournament.

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