| Sports

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Bishop Canevin sophomore sets school mark, qualifies for PIAA west golf regional

Sam Smallhoove finished in 10th at the WPIAL Class AA championship after shooting an 80.

TribLIVE Sports Videos

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.
Top high school sports
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Sam Smallhoover's day at the WPIAL Class AA golf championship event wasn't just good — it was historic.

The Bishop Canevin sophomore shot an 80 to finish 10th — the highest finish by a male golfer in school history.

“I wasn't too comfortable with the course,” Smallhoover said. “But the greens were nice and rolling well. It was my first time here. I had a lot of support from my teammates back at Canevin so that helped.”

Keystone Oaks had two golfers fail to qualify for the west regional as sophomore Josh Short finished in 29th with an 88 and senior Andrew Bigler shot a 97 to finish in 42nd.

The WPIAL championship was played at Sewickley Heights Golf Course — a course many went into expecting high scores due to the difficulty. Smallhoover was somewhat familiar with the setting.

“All the bunkers were pretty tough,” Smallhoover said. “Some of the greens were, too. I played here this past summer and played here earlier this week to get ready.”

Smallhoover said his goal was to reach the western regionals heading into the WPIAL championship. Now he just wants to keep the season going.

“I really wanted to move on from (WPIALs),” Smallhoover said. “Now I want to get to the championship round.”

Smallhoover will play at the PIAA west regionals scheduled for Oct. 16 at Tom's Run Golf Club in Blairsville.

Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or 412-388-5813.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.




Show commenting policy

Most-Read Golf

  1. Gorman: A ridiculous rule for golf
  2. Howard, Johnson leading the way for Norwin girls golf
  3. Hampton’s Balish, GCC’s Zambruno capture WPIAL girls golf titles
  4. Freeport senior Dougherty shoots 86, ties for 4th at WPIAL Class AA girls golf championship
  5. Section 4-AAA well represented at WPIAL individual championship
  6. Gateway golfer Beehner concludes career at WPIALs
  7. Freeport’s Dougherty bidding for WPIAL title, fourth PIAA berth
  8. Mt. Pleasant, Southmoreland golfers focusing on playoffs
  9. Sewickley Academy’s Li captures WPIAL golf title; 4 Panthers advance to regional
  10. Sullivan, Winkowski provide competitive edge for Baldwin boys golf team
  11. Fox Chapel junior Cordaro ties for top spot in Class AAA semifinals