Upper St. Clair's Engel, Central Valley's Fouse win PIAA golf titles
YORK — Central Valley senior Macky Fouse and Upper St. Clair senior Grant Engel have something in common other than being PIAA golf champions.
Both hope to lead their schools to PIAA team titles Wednesday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort.
Fouse cruised to her first PIAA Class AA girls title Tuesday by shooting an 8-over-par 152. Seton-La Salle junior Joey Walz was second with a 160, and Fouse's teammate, sophomore Maddy McDanel, ended up third with a 161.
“This whole season, I've been practicing for this state championship,” Fouse said. “It meant a lot. It's pretty much what I wanted for senior year. It all worked out. I'm looking forward to Wednesday.”
Fouse led by three shots following the first round after shooting a 75. Even though she wasn't as sharp during the final round, neither was her competition.
“I putted well in the first round, and I was consistent,” Fouse said. “I was pretty nervous, especially (on) No. 16. I never play that hole well.”
She double-bogeyed No. 16, but bounced back with a birdie on No. 17.
“Last year, I tied for third,” Fouse said. “I didn't play well the second day last year, but it gave me confidence. I really worked hard this season.”
Walz, who placed seventh as a freshman but missed her sophomore season with an illness, said she was hoping to make a run at Fouse.
“You always want to win, and I was in position after the first round, I just didn't play as well,” Walz said.
“I'm already looking forward to next season. Macky will be in college, so I'm hoping it will be my time to shine.”
McDanel might have something to say about that.
“I'm pretty excited to place third,” McDanel said. “I played pretty well. I was making a lot of putts and hopefully it will carry over to the team championship.”
Central Valley is the returning Class AA champion.
Engel rallied for his Class AAA boys crown. He began the final round two shots back, but after the leader stumbled, he and Conestoga's Andrew Wilner went head-to-head until No. 18, when Wilner triple-bogeyed.
“I don't know if it will hit for a couple days,” Engel said. “Four years ago, I would have never guessed that I'd pull out a state championship.
“I played well and I made putts when I needed to. I hit the ball exactly how I wanted.
Canon-McMillan junior Lauren Waller entered the final round leading the Class AAA girls tournament, but Mount St. Joseph junior Isabella DiLisio shot a 1-over 73 and finished with a two-day total of 148 to finish first. Waller and two-time champ Erica Herr of Council Rock North tied for third at 151.
“I just couldn't get anything going,” Waller said. “DiLisio played well. I couldn't get off the tee and didn't make any putts.”
Burgettstown senior Owen Miller was the WPIAL's top finisher among Class AA boys, tying for third with a 145.