Downes, Pethel Drive Golf Past McConnellsburg
Argyle Downes (71, 2-under par) and Josh Pethel (72, 1-under) fired scorching rounds to lead Mercersburg’s golf team in a head-to-head win over McConnellsburg at Chambersburg Country Club.
Each group had a gallery of parents from both teams following. The wind was up and the conditions were a bit rough. The golf, however, was spectacular.
At the turn, the Blue Storm were on pace to threaten the school record for lowest strokes in an 18-hole round (299; the record has stood for more than 30 years); Pethel carded a bogey-free 34 on the front nine, followed by Downes’ 35 (including three birdies) and a 37 turned in by Kenneth Yonke ’23—even with a triple-bogey on the fourth hole. Yonke responded with four consecutive birdies. "That’s the type of response we want from our senior leader," said Mercersburg head coach Doug Smith.
While the team wasn’t able to maintain quite that pace on the more-challenging back nine, the Storm did coast to an easy win behind the stellar efforts of Downes and Pethel. Yonke struggled a bit on the back but still carded a very respectable 82, while fellow senior Nick Barnes ’22 stayed focused and overcame some difficult holes to round out the scoring with an 86.
"That round by Argyle is the best round I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing, and to have Josh come in under par right behind him doubles the excitement," Smith said. "Chambersburg is a very challenging par-73 layout and conditions were not ideal, so these scores amaze me. We are tapping our potential and with a couple bounces the right way, this team could really go low. Our championship season is still in front of us and work is in front of us for the upcoming matches, but I am thrilled."
Mercersburg is now 4—0 this season in head-to-head matchups (and has yet to lose in any competition format). The Storm is back at Chambersburg Country Club Tuesday, October 12, for a contest against local foe St. Maria Goretti (3:30 p.m.).