Youth golfers cap season in regional tournament at Nemacolin
The Southern Conference 1 all-stars, a co-ed team of golfers ages 13 and under from the Pittsburgh region, placed third at a PGA Jr. League regional over the weekend at Woodlands Resort.
The winner of the four-team round-robin event, Mallard Creek All-Stars from Columbus Station, Ohio, will represent the region against 11 other regions at next month’s national finals at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Southern Conference 1 went 1-2 in its three matches and defeated a team from Buffalo on Sunday after Saturday setbacks to Mallard Creek and a team from Columbus, Ohio.
The squad of 10 representing Valley Brook Country Club, Southpointe Golf Club, St. Clair Country Club, South Hills Country Club and Youghiogheny Country Club earned its spot at the regional tournament by winning the PGA Jr. League Tri-State Section Championship on Aug. 13 at Willowbrook Country Club in Apollo.
Players throughout the season competed in a two-person scramble format designed to build confidence and encourage sportsmanship while receiving coaching from PGA and LPGA professionals.
Southern Conference 1 All-Stars:
Captain: Troy Williams, PGA, Youghiogheny Country Club
Christopher Merck, 9, Canonsburg, Valley Brook Country Club
Neil Joon, 13, Pittsburgh, Southpointe Golf Club
Garrett Ziegler, 13, Pittsburgh, St. Clair Country Club
Jeremy Poon, 13, Venetia, Southpointe Golf Club
Ty Hartman, 9, Jefferson Hills, South Hills Country Club
Aaron Didjunas, 10, McKeesport, Youghiogheny Country Club
Caron Higginbotham, 10, Clarksburg (Va.), Youghiogheny Country Club
Jonah Schollaert, 11, Ambridge, Youghiogheny Country Club
Mya Morgan, 11, Elizabeth, Youghiogheny Country Club
Austin Glowacki, 8, South Park, Youghiogheny Country Club
Michael Love is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-856-7400 x8632, [email protected] or via Twitter .