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GCC boys golf team off to impressive start

| Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, 12:13 a.m.
Greensburg Central Catholic golfer Ryan Queale watches a drive during a match against Southmoreland at Timber Ridge Golf Course near Mt. Pleasant on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (Brian F. Henry | Tribune-Review)
Greensburg Central Catholic golfer Nick Finoli watches a drive during a match against Southmoreland at Timber Ridge Golf Course near Mt. Pleasant on Monday, August 27, 2012. Brian F. Henry | Tribune-Review
Greensburg Central Catholic golfer Brady Wargofchik chips from the rough during a match against Southmoreland at Timber Ridge Golf Course near Mt. Pleasant on Monday, August 27, 2012. Brian F. Henry | Tribune-Review
Greensburg Central Catholic golfer Brady Wargofchik watches a drive during a match against Southmoreland at Timber Ridge Golf Course near Mt. Pleasant on Monday, August 27, 2012. Brian F. Henry | Tribune-Review

Greensburg Central Catholic golf coach George Janik has his team off to an excellent start as August comes to a close.

The Centurions jumped to an early 4-0 record with wins over Franklin Regional and Frazier, and a trio of seniors will play key roles in helping them attempt to ascend to the top of the section.

Seniors Ryan Queale and twin brothers Brady and Andrew Wargofchick have 10 years of starting experience among them, and Janik acknowledged their mental toughness as a reason for their success.

“Those three are very good at not overreacting to what the results are,” Janik said. “You can't be an emotional golfer and be good at it. You have to be able to take the good with the bad and enjoy it as it comes one way or another.

“What I mean by that is, you are playing against yourself as to what choices you make. At the same time, you're in competition with some opponent.”

Greensburg Central Catholic's starting rotation is rounded out by sophomore Nick Finoli, freshman Lou Kettering and senior Dom Bertalino.

Janik said he's been impressed and surprised with the early contributions he's gotten from his underclassmen.

“I've been pleasantly happy with what the fourth through sixth golfers have done early this year,” he said. “I'm always trying to move people around to get that feeling that they can play with the rest of the team and compete at this level.”

The Centurions practice and play their home matches at Mount Odin Park Golf Course in Greensburg, which Janik said prepares his golfers to focus and not miss fairways. Mount Odin is a difficult course with trees and high rough to the right and left of fairways.

“Because it has an older layout, they have to be more straight down the fairway,” Janik said. “They can't recover if they go left or right. There's a lot of trees.

“It's been proven that if they can play that course well they can play any course in Western Pa.”

Competing in the seven-team Section 2-AA, Greensburg Central Catholic won't have to battle with back-to-back section champion Bentworth (moved to Section 4). The new alignment welcomes Mt. Pleasant and Yough to the fold.

“We should have a shot at winning the section and moving on. I hope we can get at least past the second step to the WPIALs,” Janik said. “For us, it's just a matter of hitting on those days. Other sports when somebody falls down you replace them. Here you have to pick yourself up, there is no replacement in the lineup.”

Brian Graham is a freelance writer.

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