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Serra Catholic's Max Kaminsky competes during the WPIAL boys Class AA golf championship Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at Sewickley Heights Country Club.

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By Alex Oltmanns
Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, 10:21 p.m.

The 36-hole PIAA Class AA boys golf championship Monday and Tuesday will mark the final two rounds of Max Kaminsky's high school career.

The Serra Catholic senior is looking to make the most of his last tournament before his prep career comes to a close.

“I'm really ready for Monday. ... I feel like I have the opportunity to do something really great,” Kaminsky said.

“I feel like I'm more ready than ever. ... I guess just the way I've been playing and it's my last tournament, I have to do it now and have to buckle down,” he added. “You can't let nerves get to you at all.”

After finishing sixth at the WPIAL Class AA individual championships, Kaminsky advanced to the PIAA West Region Championship at Tom's Run Golf Course on Oct. 16, where the top 20 golfers qualified for the state tournament at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York, Pa.

After a slow start to his round, Kaminsky settled down and finished with a 75, good enough for sixth place on the wet conditions at Tom's Run.

“I played pretty well,” Kaminsky said. “I felt like if I even made some putts I had a great chance to win it. But 75 was better than I expected.”

“It was pretty wet out there,” said Kevin Kaminsky, Serra's head golf coach and Max's father. “He told me that he just wanted to keep the ball in play and not go wild, just keep it in front of him, and that's what he did. He just made sure that the ball stayed in the fairway instead of taking a lot of risk.”

The PIAA Championship will cap a high school career in which Kaminsky won the WPIAL Class AA Individual Championship as a freshman and advanced to the state finals as a junior as well.

While the PIAA field is full of numerous tough opponents, Max Kaminsky is hoping to finish inside the top 10.

“My goal would be just to get in the top 10 because that's what medals,” he said. “That would just be terrific to finish top 10 in the state for me.”

It has been an up-and-down high school career for Kaminsky, who struggled with his game somewhat as a sophomore and junior after winning the WPIAL title as a freshman.

“I think I kind of doubted myself too much (in my) sophomore and junior year not realizing that I have the capability to do good,” he said. “This past season, I just kind of changed that around because I know in eighth and ninth grade I had a great mindset, and I just tried to get back to that.”

Now back at the top of his game, Kaminsky is looking forward to his final high school tournament against some of the top high school golfers in the state.

“It's going to be pretty emotional realizing that the four years went so quick because I feel like I was a freshman yesterday,” Kaminsky said.

Alex Oltmanns is a freelance writer.

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