Golf: Boys Cruise Past Hill, Girls Edged by Blues

Sunday, April 10, 2022
Argyle Downes ’23

Mercersburg’s boys’ and girls’ golf teams split with Mid-Atlantic Prep League rival Hill April 9 in matches played 130 miles apart. The girls’ teams faced off at Brookside Country Club in Pottstown, PA, with the boys playing at Chambersburg Country Club.

The boys’ contest was a match-play affair, with Mercersburg taking a 7-1 victory. Argyle Downes ’23 rolled in five birdies on the front nine and clinched his match 6-up with five holes to play. Josh Pethel ’22 was locked in a much closer battle that came down to the last hole, but he held his lead and closed the match out with a beautiful birdie on the 18th. Team co-captain Kenneth Yonke ’22 was rock solid in his round and closed out his match on the 14th hole against a very strong Hill opponent. The Mercersburg wins kept coming with co-captain Khoi Pham ’22, Ethan Xin ’23 and Daniel Zhong ’23 each cruising to 4-up victories. Nick Barnes ’22 showed his determination and grinded out the final Mercersburg win on the 18th hole.

"This was a tremendous day for our team, as Hill is a talented squad," said Mercersburg head coach Doug Smith. "From top to bottom, we played tremendous golf today. It is apparent that this team is very locked in for this second half of the season and I couldn't be more impressed. Let's keep working and make sure we carry this form forward."

To the east, the Hill and Mercersburg girls took part in a nine-hole stroke-play contest, with Hill earning a close 200-204 win in the Storm's first-ever official MAPL girls' match. Team captain Sandra Apfelroth '22 and Sihyeon Bae '24 led the Blue Storm by each carding solid 48s. Amanda Xi '25 fired the next lowest round of the day with 52, and Abby Yang '25 finished off the scoring with a 54. 

"I'm proud of the way the girls handled the adverse conditions and pressure of their first taste of the MAPL league," Smith said. "We are steadily improving as the year progresses. Almost everyone improved on their previous rounds and this was our low round of the year. The experience will be much needed as we continue on with the season."

The Storm boys return to action Tuesday, April 12, with a road contest against Randolph-Macon Academy at Shenandoah Valley Country Club in Front Royal, VA. The girls' and boys' teams will both compete at the Peddie-hosted Swing for the Cure event Saturday, April 23, in Hightstown, NJ.