Golf Sets 9-Hole School Record, Wins IPSL
Mercersburg's golf team shot a 151 to break the school nine-hole match record October 26 at the three-team Independent-Parochial School League Championship at Chambersburg Country Club. The Blue Storm’s top four golfers eclipsed the previous mark of 152, which was set by the 2016 squad.
Argyle Downes ’23 led the way with a 35 to claim medalist honors on a day with unfavorable windy and rainy conditions; nonetheless, the Storm’s top four of Downes, Josh Pethel ’22 (36), Jason Jones ’24 (39), and Kenneth Yonke ’22 (41) made it a round to remember.
Mercersburg’s team aggregate of 151 outdistanced fellow competitors and local foes St. James (197) and St. Maria Goretti (222) to win the event.
"The school record for nine holes has been a target for this team from day one," Mercersburg head coach Doug Smith exclaimed. "Frankly, I’m shocked the team did it on a day where the weather didn’t cooperate. We had to throw out a 42 and a 43 today, which indicates to me the team as a whole is ready to go."
As has been the case for many of the Storm’s matches this year, Downes and Pethel led the way with outstanding play. Following a bogey on the first hole, Downes recovered with a mid-round eagle-birdie-birdie stretch to card a 1-under-par 35. Pethel's round featured two birdies and two bogeys, and his chipping prowess allowed him to post a 36. Jones’ 39 was his low round of the season and featured a six-hole stretch of 1-under golf. Team captain Yonke didn't quite have his best stuff, but found a way to stay steady and post a 41 in a solid veteran performance.
The 18-hole record for a Mercersburg squad is 299. This year's team was on pace to challenge the mark entering the final nine holes of a match in a win earlier this season against McConnellsburg, but faded at the end to finish with a 311.
Mercersburg remains unbeaten this season (and is now 7-0 in head to head matches), and turns its attention to a pair of huge events in back-to-back days—starting with the Keystone Cup Sunday, October 31, against rivals Hill and Kiski at Brookside Country Club in Pottstown, PA. The Storm tees off the next day in the PAISAA State Championship at The Golf Course at Glen Mills (also in suburban Philadelphia).