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Senior leadership carries Thomas Jefferson golfers to section title, WPIAL team championships

Tom Miller | for the south hills record - The Thomas Jefferson boys' varsity golf team, comprised of, top, from left, seniors Keith Miller, Adam Patrick, Jake Benack and Steve Kunzman; bottom row, from left, sophomore Brendan Kelly and seniors Zach Uhlyar, Anthony Campano and Nick Tamburi, won a section crown and qualified for the WPIAL team championships this season.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Tom Miller | for the south hills record</em></div>The Thomas Jefferson boys' varsity golf team, comprised of, top, from left, seniors Keith Miller, Adam Patrick, Jake Benack and Steve Kunzman; bottom row, from left, sophomore Brendan Kelly and seniors Zach Uhlyar, Anthony Campano and Nick Tamburi, won a section crown and qualified for the WPIAL team championships this season.
tom miller | for the south hills record - TJ's Adam Patrick
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>tom miller | for the south hills record</em></div>TJ's Adam Patrick
tom miller | for the south hills record - TJ's Jake Benack
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>tom miller | for the south hills record</em></div>TJ's Jake Benack
tom miller | for the south hills record - TJ's Steve Kunzman
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>tom miller | for the south hills record</em></div>TJ's Steve Kunzman
tom miller | for the south hills record - TJ's Brendan Kelly
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>tom miller | for the south hills record</em></div>TJ's Brendan Kelly
tom miller | for the south hills record - TJ's Zach Uhlyar
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>tom miller | for the south hills record</em></div>TJ's Zach Uhlyar
tom miller | for the south hills record - TJ's Anthony Campano
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>tom miller | for the south hills record</em></div>TJ's Anthony Campano
tom miller | for the south hills record - TJ's Nick Tamburi
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>tom miller | for the south hills record</em></div>TJ's Nick Tamburi

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Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

It was a sensational — as well as historic — 2013 season for the senior-driven Thomas Jefferson boys' golf team.

The Jaguars won the Section 6 title in Class AAA and, for the first time in school history, advanced to the WPIAL team championships.

“The season in itself was a great success,” Adam Shosky, Thomas Jefferson's head coach, said. “The kids were the best group I ever coached and were awesome to work with, which was a lot of fun.”

Seven of the eight team members —Keith Miller, Adam Patrick, Steve Kunzman, Jake Benack, Zach Uhlyar, Anthony Campana and Nick Tamburi — are seniors.

Miller triggered the Jaguars' lineup throughout the year and finished with a team-leading average of 38.

“I am really proud of our team's performance this year. We were just an all-around solid team,” Miller said. “There were other teams in our section that thought they had the better players, but we really pulled together as a team.

“While I was happy with our top player's scores, I was genuinely impressed with our No. 5, 6, 7 and 8 guys.”

Miller plans to continue his golf career in college while majoring in civil engineering.

“Winning our section was was rewarding because we knew we had to beat two top teams that were proven playoff schools,” Miller said. “We proved to ourselves and everyone else that not only could we win the section, but (we could) go undefeated also.

“It was (also) rewarding to know we were the best golf team in the history of our school.”

Miller was the low medalist a team-high seven times this season, while Patrick finished as low medalist four times.

Patrick, who posted a regular-season average of 39, also qualified for the WPIAL Class AAA individual championships, where he tied for 14th place.

Two golfers, Kunzman and Benack, ended up with 40 averages, while sophomore standout Brendan Kelly finished with a 41 average.

Kelly, who advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA semifinal round, achieved low medalist status once.

Kunzman was low medalist three times, while Benack finished as low medalist twice.

The Jaguars' top five were complemented by Zach Uhlyar, who averaged a 42 score this year, Anthony Campano (44 avg.) and Nick Tamburi (45 avg.).

Uhlyar was low medalist once.

“The kids worked hard all season,” Shosky said. “Even though we fell short of our ultimate goal, which was to reach states, we still made it to the WPIAL team championships for the first time.

“Along with that, we won our section and completed it undefeated.”

Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-388-5820 or rfisher@tribweb.com.

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