Plum ends season at WPIALs
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The Plum varsity boys golf team took part in the WPIAL team playoffs last week, and it was the first such trip for a Mustangs squad in more than two decades.
Nine teams took to the course at River Forest Golf Club in Freeport on Oct. 8 in one of two WPIAL team semifinals with hopes of punching tickets to the finals two days later.
When the 18 holes were completed, Plum had a team score of 448, good for eighth in the competition.
“They were a little disappointed in the scores they shot,” Plum head coach Ron Richards said.
“I think everyone would've said they could've played better. But it was their first time in that playoff situation, and it was a tough and tight golf course. I think most of the teams' scores were higher than they thought coming in.”
Junior Andrew Reynolds led Plum with a round of 83, while sophomore Samantha Shumaker and senior J.P. Predmore both shot 89s. Rounding out the top five who contributed to the five-golfer team score were juniors Justin Sovak (91) and Tyler Arnold (96).
The Mustangs finished ahead of Section 4 foe Kiski Area (461), and the Cavaliers swept Plum during the regular season.
“We weren't looking to finish ahead of any particular team. We were just going out and trying to play our best,” Richards said.
“We thought we would be one of those teams in the middle of the pack. We were a little disappointed where we finished.”
The top three teams from River Forest — Peters Township (391), Fox Chapel (398) and Indiana (414) — advanced to the finals at Cedarbrook Golf Club in Belle Vernon and the Foxes, Plum's rival in Section 4, finished second to Upper St. Clair.
Plum finished tied for second in the section with Kiski Area and Franklin Regional at 8-4. The Mustangs beat the Panthers twice, and FR upended the Cavaliers two times to set up the tie.
“Overall, it was a good year, and they got some great experience,” Richards said.
“Most of the players are returning, and they have opportunities to get better.”
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412- 388-5825 or at email@example.com.
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