Ford City's Oresick shoots par in tourney
Kevin Oresick is Ford City's Rain Man.
The Ford City senior shot an even-par 71 at the WPIAL Division II, Section 1 golf tournament Monday at Lenape Heights Golf Course in some of the worst conditions he'd ever played in.
"It was a miserable day," Oresick said. "My coach told me it was like liquid sunshine."
Oresick's 71 was eight shots better than anybody, and he did it in a drizzle and some downpours.
"I told him shooting 71 on a dry day was something," Ford City coach Joe Sgriccia said. "Shooting a 71 today is something else. He said he likes playing in the rain. He had confidence going into the day."
"He did a wonderful job," Burrell coach Anthony Fasemayre said. "He doesn't surprise me. He is a real nice golfer."
Besides playing against each other, the golfers had to contend with the course as well as standing water on the greens and bunkers.
But Oresick didn't let the conditions bother him.
He just "hung in there and tried to stay dry."
Oresick said the key to his success was his wedge play.
"I hit my wedges real well," he said. "I got close to the pin, leaving me some easy putts."
Oresick was the lone Saber to qualify and is ready for the semifinals Oct. 3
"I just have to play my game," said Oresick. "These kids are really good. I have to go out and play my game and I feel I can advance. If I shoot in the 70s, I should be able to advance."
"After today, I think he is pretty confident," he said. "He is looking forward to a new challenge against people he hasn't played with on a regular basis."
Burrell enjoyed the best team afternoon with four players qualifying for the semifinals next week at Oakridge Golf Course near Slippery Rock. That foursome includes Derek Jones, the son of Lower Burrell standout amateur John Jones.
"I was very proud of them," Fasemayre said. "It was like a monsoon out there for a while. I didn't know what to expect going in especially because of the weather."
Freeport qualified three, while Riverview and St. Joseph qualified one each.
"Of my 15 years, it had to be one of the worst days for qualifiers," Freeport coach Dave Panach said.
Freeport's Bryan Caripolti (82) won a second playoff hole to break a three-way tie over alternate Patrick Tutka, of St. Joseph, to earn a spot.
Caripolti's teammates Joe Krowsoski (81) and Dan Mattioli (82) also advanced.
Burrell's Derek Jones (80), Matt Ochree (81), Mike Arabi (81) and Christian Duplinsky (82) earned a spot at the WPIAL semifinals. St. Joseph will also send Mike Jarosinksi (79) while Riverview's J.T. Wagner (80) also moves on.
In Division I, Section 8, Highlands' Brad Cieslinski shot 78 to finish second behind medalist Ben Cohen of Shady Side Academy. Kittanning's Lee Heilman (79) finished tied for third to earn a spot in the semis, along with Andrew Abranovic of Shady Side, a Kittanning native.
Knoch will have three in the semifinals -- Joe Sopcisak (81), Rob Gillespie (83) and John Hook (84).
Tournament resultsDivision II, Section 1
1. Kevin Oresick Ford City 71
2. Bryan Caripolti Freeport 79
3. Mike Jarosinski St. Joseph 79
4. J.T. Wagner Riverview 80
5. Derek Jones Burrell 80
6. Joe Krowsoski Freeport 81
7. Mike Arabia Burrell 81
8. Matt Ockree Burrell 81
9. Dan Mattioli Freeport
10. Christian Duplinsky Burrell 82
Alt. Patrick Tutka St. Joseph 82
Division 1, Section 8
1. Ben Cohen Shady Side Academy 76
2. Brad Cielinski Highlands 78
3. Lee Heilman Kittanning 79
4. Dan Wolf Shady Side Academy 79
5. Andrew Abranovic Shady Side Academy 80
6. Joe Sopcisak Knoch 81
7. Austin Warren Shady Side Academy 82
8. Rob Gillespie Knoch 83
9. Jeff Baur Mars 84
10. John Hook Knoch 84
Alt. Dave Casteel Mars 85
Penn-Trafford 190, Kiski Area 199
At Vandergrift Golf Club, par 36
Penn-Trafford (190) - Paige Coleman 42, Kerry Lynn Schigel 48, Julia Molinero 50, Jessica Bowell 50.
Kiski Area (199) - Jenna Tallarom 45, Tiffany Brucker 48, Jenna Karafinski 52, Sydney Martier 54.
Records: 7-2, 8-3.
Next match: Derry vs. Kiski Area, 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Vandergrift G.C.