Share This Page

Upper St. Clair's Engel, Central Valley's Fouse win PIAA golf titles

| Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, 6:27 p.m.
Paul Schofield | Tribune-Review
Upper St. Clair's Grant Engel
Paul Schofield | Tribune-Review
Central Valley's Macky Fouse

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.

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at pschofield@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.