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Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Yough's Alex Patricio, Penn-Trafford's Haley Borkovich

| Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
Penn-Trafford golfer Haley Borkovich.
Penn-Trafford golfer Haley Borkovich. Submitted
Yough golfer Alex Patricio
Yough golfer Alex Patricio Submitted

Alex Patricio

School: Yough

Class: Senior

Sport: Golf

Claim to fame: Patricio, a four-year starter, shot a 2-under-par 70 at Norvelt Golf Course in Mt. Pleasant to earn medalist honors at the Section 2-AA individual tournament last week. Patricio advanced to the WPIAL Class AA individual championship, where he tied for sixth after shooting a 6-over-par 78 Monday at Youghiogheny Country Club in McKeesport. He has qualified for the PIAA Western Regional qualifier Oct. 15 at Tom's Run Golf Club in Blairsville.

“It was pretty windy but I did pretty well,” Patricio said of the section qualifier. “I only had one bogey. I was pretty solid.”

What was your game plan going into the sectional and WPIAL tournaments?

My game plan is (always) to just be ready and be confident in what I'm doing. Also, my main goal is to shoot under par.

What did you want to improve on going into this season?

I have progressively gotten better in my overall game. I have tied up a few of my loose ends. I have been just practicing more, and it's been paying off.

What are your college plans for next year?

I haven't decided yet. But a few colleges have been looking at me. I was leaning toward majoring in physical therapy because my grandfather was a doctor, and he had a successful life. It may change though.

What golfer do you model your game after?

Well, when he was playing well it was Tiger of course. However, I would have to say Tiger or Rory McIroy. Also, you can't forget Jack Nicklaus.

What was your favorite part of your summer?

I just spent it hanging out with my girlfriend and friends. However, I got to play golf at a few interesting golf courses. I would say I enjoyed playing at Nevillewood Golf Course. It's a pretty nice course in which Jack Nicklaus designed.

Haley Borkovich

School: Penn-Trafford

Class: Senior

Sport: Golf

Claim to fame: Borkovich shot a 4-over-par 76 at Saxon Golf Course in Sarver to finish first at the Section 3-AAA individual tournament last week. Borkovich will join three teammates — Mia Barchetti, Casey Doran and Morgan Rector — at the WPIAL Class AAA individual championships on Oct. 1 at 3 Lakes Golf Course in Saltsburg.

“When she was in ninth grade as freshman, she was pretty talented,” head coach Ed Herbst said. “She worked hard to improve in her game. She's gotten to the elite through hard work. She hates to lose, and she gets upset when she doesn't shoot well. I like that out of my players. It shows that they are so focused in their game.”

What's your game plan going into the WPIAL championships?

My game plan is to definitely qualify for regionals. I'm not going out there expecting or trying to win. I just want to make it to the next round.

How did you get into playing golf?

My whole family plays so I have grown up with it. My mom, my dad and my stepdad all play golf. My sister plays golf in college. It's all around me the whole time.

What are your college plans for next year?

I definitely want to play in college, but I'm undecided on where I want to go. There are a few colleges looking at me, but I haven't decided. I want to major in international business with a minor in Spanish. I like learning those type of things. I have taken a few classes in high school, and I think I would enjoy doing that.

What golfer do you model your game after?

I definitely like the mentality that Jim Furyk has. He doesn't make excuses for how he plays. When he has a bad round, he puts all the blame on himself. I just like his mentality and how he plays.

If you had the chance to be someone for a day, who would it be and why?

I would like to be my mom for a day. I just want to see what she has to deal with on a daily basis, especially putting up with me. She inspires me. I want to view life in her shoes.

— Andrew John

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