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Latrobe, Wears sweep WCCA golf tournament

| Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
Latrobe's Will Wears putts on the 18th hole during the WCCA boys golf tournament at Latrobe Elks on Friday, August 31, 2012. Brian F. Henry | Tribune-Review

The winners didn't have far to travel to get home from the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Golf Championship.

Latrobe swept the top honors by taking the team title with a score of 402, while Wildcats senior Will Wears won the individual title with a 5-over-par 77 on Friday at Latrobe Elks Golf Course.

Wears, the grandson of golf legend Arnold Palmer, shared the low round with Bill Clark of Valley, but won the title by virtue of having the lower score on the fourth tiebreak hole. Wears birdied the par-4 12th, the fourth-hardest on the course, which settled the tie after he and Clark had recorded matching scores on the three toughest holes during their rounds.

“On the front, everything was solid for me,” said Wears, who was even-par through the first nine holes. “On 13 to 17, I got into the teeth of the course and just sort of went on a bogey train. But I actually birdied 18, and I didn't know that was going to be for first, so that was nice.”

Also in the top 10 for Latrobe were Ben Biss (79), Adam Martin (81) and Matt Jodis (82).

Latrobe won the team championship by 24 strokes over runner-up Penn-Trafford, as scores ran high in the tournament for everyone but the Wildcats.

“I think the course played really hard, but when you play Latrobe Country Club every day, you're used to hard, fast greens,” Latrobe coach Scott Reaugh said. “I think it's a big advantage for our guys to play on those greens and then come over here.”

The Wildcats had finished second at the WCCA Championship behind Penn-Trafford in 2010 and Norwin in 2011. Latrobe last won the tournament in 2009, the same season it won WPIAL and PIAA championships.

“It's really good because the year we won the state title, we won the team championship (at WCCAs),” Wears said.

“I think our team is in really good shape. We're undefeated, and we have some big matches coming up. I think it's a good omen and we're headed in the right direction.”

Greensburg Central Catholic won the Class AA title and finished tied with Hempfield (427) for third overall.

Matt Grubba is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5830 or mgrubba@tribweb.com.

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