Southmoreland golf team hopes to contend for playoff spot
TribLIVE Sports Videos
With four experienced seniors, Southmoreland's boys golf team figures to be in the running for a Section 2-AA playoff berth this season.
What is expected to be a tight section battle became even tighter after Yough handed Southmoreland a one-stroke defeat to open the season. Two errant tee shots led to the loss.
“But it was a great learning experience,” Southmoreland first-year coach Gene Spadaro said. “I sat them all down after the match and explained the importance of every single shot. If somebody misses a three-foot putt, it's important. You never know when it's going to come down to one shot to determine the match.”
Joining Southmoreland in Section 2-AA will be Frazier, Geibel, Greensburg Central Catholic, Jeannette, Mt. Pleasant and Yough.
Spadaro expects the section to be a four-team race.
“Greensburg Central, Mt. Pleasant, Yough and us are literally within five shots of each other,” Spadaro said. “Every shot is going to be critical. Yough coming in and stealing one off us at our home course really hurt. That first section match was definitely a learning experience and definitely an eye-opener. I definitely think it was a blessing that it happened in the very first section match and not at the end of the year.”
At the top of Southmoreland's lineup is senior Brandon Yuhouse, whose game lacks nothing, according to Spadaro.
“He's the most consistent golfer that's probably came through Southmoreland in the past 10 years,” Spadaro said. “He's definitely the leader of the team. He's not missing anything. He can hit long and straight off the tee, and he has a great short game.”
Zac Black will fill the No. 2 spot, with Zac Ripple at No. 3. A fourth senior, Tyler Weltz, is at No. 4.
“Zac Black is literally 1-B for us,” Spadaro said. “He's just like Brandon. He's phenomenal everywhere. Zac Ripple isn't the longest hitter, but he always scores in the low to mid-40s. And if you had to look up consistency in the dictionary, you'd see a picture of Tyler.
“These are the guys we depend on. Most of the time this season, I'll split a couple of seniors up at No. 3 and No. 4 so they can help out with our five and six guys.”
Sophomore Phillip Lockheart, and freshmen Corey Schafer and Jose McCue will compete for the remaining two spots.
“This group of guys is still young,” Spadaro said. “They're still learning a lot about the game of golf. As of right now, they're just inconsistent. And that will come with time.”
Dave Stofcheck is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
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.
- Port Authority bus drives over embankment; driver only one aboard
- Extras sought for Will Smith movie filming in Pittsburgh
- Offense awakens to lead Steelers past Panthers
- Judge urges feds, EDMC to settle dispute
- Former manager of Consol’s land office charged with 60 counts of mail fraud
- Rossi: State of NFL gives Steelers a chance
- Game changers: Turnover leads to elusive TD for Steelers
- 53 Allegheny County bridges slated for rehab
- Peduto’s first budget proposal seeks to increase property tax rate
- Steelers notebook: Rooney says owners support Goodell
- Penguins forward Megna’s skill set might be perfect fit