WPIAL Sets Field for 2022 Boys’ Golf Individual Championships First Round

Friday, September 23, 2022

Pittsburgh, Pa. – A total of 167 student-athletes qualified for the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) Boys’ Golf Individual Championships through 17 sectional qualifiers across the 2A and 3A classifications. The section tournaments all had their own unique target score based on the golf course, with student-athletes needing to finish at or below that number to punch their ticket to the WPIAL Championships.

The WPIAL Boys’ Golf Individual Championships are now played in a two-round format. The 3A classification will see 77 student-athletes tee off at Champion Lakes Golf Course on Tuesday, Sept. 27, and the 2A classification will have 90 student-athletes compete at Hannastown Country Club on Monday, Sept. 26. The top 36 finishers, including ties, from both the 2A and 3A first rounds will then move onto their respective championships, where their first round scores will carry over.

The 2A final is set for Tuesday, Oct. 4 at Oakmont Country Club, and the 3A final is set for Thursday, Oct. 6 at Allegheny Country Club.

LINK: 2022 WPIAL 3A Boys’ Golf Individual Section Results
LINK: 2022 WPIAL 2A Boys’ Golf Individual Section Results
LINK: 2022 WPIAL 3A Boys’ Golf First Round Tee Times & Pairings
LINK: 2022 WPIAL 2A Boys’ Golf First Round Tee Times & Pairings

Tee times for the WPIAL Boys’ Golf Individual Championships First Round were set Friday and can be found at the WPIAL Boys’ & Girls’ Golf Tournament Central page on the WPIAL website. A recap of each section tournament in the 2A and 3A classifications can be found below.

Indiana junior Harrison Martineau claimed Section 1-3A medalist honors for the second consecutive year, carding a 69 (-3) to finish seven strokes ahead of Penn-Trafford junior Nick Turowski. Held at Youghiogheny Country Club on Sept. 19, a total of seven golfers met the target score of 80, as Martineau and Turowski were joined by Hempfield Area’s Nick Eberhart, Indiana’s Trevor Todd and Hunter Martin, and Norwin’s Alex Graham and Logan Robb.

Three of the qualifiers will be returning to the WPIAL Championships: Martineau, Turowski, and Todd. Turowski, the 2020 Section 1-3A medalist, is making his third appearance, while Martineau and Todd will appear in their second.

Advancing to WPIALs: Harrison Martineau (11), Indiana; Nick Turowski (11), Penn-Trafford; Trevor Todd (11), Indiana; Alex Graham (11), Norwin; Logan Robb (12), Norwin; Nick Eberhart (11), Hempfield Area; Hunter Martin (11), Indiana

Laurel Highlands junior Collin Crawford earned medalist accolades in Section 2-3A, posting a 77 (+5) to edge Connellsville senior Ethan Rice by two strokes. Held at Pleasant Valley Golf Club on Sept. 19, just three golfers finished with a score at or below 80, as Crawford and Rice were joined by Laurel Highlands senior Nate Schwertfeger.

Rice is the only one of the qualifiers is making a repeat WPIAL Championships appearance, as this will be his second.

Advancing to WPIALs: Collin Crawford (11), Laurel Highlands; Ethan Rice (12), Connellsville; Nate Schwertfeger (12), Laurel Highlands

Butler junior Hunter Swidzinski outlasted a competitive Section 3-3A field to capture medalist honors, shooting a 71 (-1) to finish a stroke ahead of North Allegheny sophomore Chris Hoffman. Held at Suncrest Golf Course on Sept. 19, a total of 21 golfers reached the target score of 81, as Swidzinski and Hoffman were joined by five from Mars (Blake Bertolo, James Kinghorn, Colin Stevenson, Ryan Steigerwald, Will Campbell), four additional from North Allegheny (Colin Ward, Collin Wang, Ravi Desai, Jake Watterson), four from Seneca Valley (Lucas Bruns, Casey Clawson, Payton Brown, Marcos Lopez), three from Pine-Richland (Blaise Masciantonio, Will Hilton, Toby Kitay), two additional from Butler (Parker Worsley, Wyatt Kos), and one from North Hills (Kasey Toia).

Five qualifiers are making at least their second appearance at the WPIAL Championships. Bertolo, the 2020 medalist, completed a four-year sweep of qualifier spots this year, while his teammate Steigerwald is making his third. Bruns, Hoffman, and Kos all will compete in their second WPIAL Championships.

Advancing to WPIALs: Hunter Swidzinski (11), Butler; Chris Hoffman (10), North Allegheny; Blaise Masciantonio (12), Pine-Richland; Blake Bertolo (12), Mars; Colin Ward (9), North Allegheny; Lucas Bruns (12), Seneca Valley; James Kinghorn (10), Mars; Collin Wang (11), North Allegheny; Casey Clawson (11), Seneca Valley; Will Hilton (10), Pine-Richland; Colin Stevenson (10), Mars; Ryan Steigerwald (12), Mars; Will Campbell (10), Mars; Ravi Desai (9), North Allegheny; Parker Worsley (12), Butler; Wyatt Kos (11), Butler; Toby Kitay (11), Pine-Richland; Kasey Toia (10), North Hills; Jake Watterson (11), North Allegheny; Payton Brown (11), Seneca Vlaley; Marcos Lopez (9), Seneca Valley

Central Catholic senior Rocco Salvitti repeated as Section 4-3A champion in dominant fashion, firing a 65 (-7) to top classmate Connor Walker by seven strokes. Held at Willowbrook Country Club on Sept. 19, a total of 14 golfers met the target score of 82, as Salvitti and Walker were joined by four Central Catholic teammates (Aidan Burchianti, Dan Donahue, Sam Gaffney, Regan Logan), four from Plum (Wes Lorish, Tyler Pastor, Jake Pedley, Carson Yocca), two from Franklin Regional (Colin Holt, Nolan Shilling), and two from Kiski Area (Max Mottura, Trey Roberts).

Five qualifiers will be returning to WPIAL Championships play, including Salvitti who has made it in each of his four varsity seasons. Burchianti, Lorish, Shilling, and Walker are appearing in their second WPIAL Championships.

Advancing to WPIALs: Rocco Salvitti (12), Central Catholic; Connor Walker (12), Central Catholic; Nolan Shilling (12), Franklin Regional; Regan Logan (10), Central Catholic; Aidan Burchianti (12), Central Catholic; Max Mottura (9), Kiski Area; Trey Roberts (10), Kiski Area; Trey Roberts (11), Plum; Wes Lorish (10), Plum; Sam Gaffney (12), Central Catholic; Jake Pedley (12), Plum; Dan Donahue (12), Central Catholic; Colin Holt (9), Franklin Regional; Tyler Pastor (9), Plum

Avonworth junior Kai Carlson won the Section 5-3A medalist honor, carding a 75 (+3) to pace classmate Brandon Sapolsky by five strokes. Held at Fox Run Golf Course on Sept. 19, only Carlson and Sapolsky met the target score of 80.

Both Carlson and Sapolsky are no strangers to the WPIAL Championships. Carlson, the 2020 medalist in Section 3-2A, will be making his third appearance, and Sapolsky is making his second.

Advancing to WPIALs: Kai Carlson (11), Avonworth; Brandon Sapolsky (11), Avonworth

Peters Township sophomore Ben Miller captured Section 6-3A medalist honors by a single stroke, posting a 74 (+1) to finish just ahead of Mt. Lebanon senior Callan Wilcox, and Peters Township teammates Colton Lusk and Austin Malley. Held at South Hills Country Club on Sept. 15, the quartet were four of nine golfers that the target score of 82, as Bethel Park’s Dom Nerone, Canon-McMillan’s Braden Gerchow, Peters Township’s Nick Haught and Nick Wetzel, and Thomas Jefferson’s Hayden Feth all qualified.

Seven golfers are holdovers from previous WPIAL Championships, led by Wilcox – the 2020 medalist – and Wetzel making their third appearances. Haught, Lusk, Malley, Miller, and Nerone all will compete in their second.

Advancing to WPIALs: Ben Miller (10), Peters Township; Callan Wilcox (12), Mt. Lebanon; Colton Lusk (10), Peters Township; Austin Malley (12), Peters Township; Nick Wetzel (12), Peters Township, Nick Haugh (10), Peters Township; Hayden Feth (11), Thomas Jefferson; Dom Nerone (12), Bethel Park; Braden Gerchow (12), Canon-McMillan

Moon junior Zack Ross earned medalist honors in Section 7-3A, registering a 74 (+2) to place ahead of teammate Andrew Bruce and Upper St. Clair junior Neil Joon by four strokes. Held at Hickory Heights Golf Club on Sept. 20, five golfers reached the target score of 81 with the aforementioned three joined by Upper St. Clair’s Ian Kirk and Connor McKenzie.

Three golfers will be making their second WPIAL Championships appearance – Joon, McKenzie, and Ross, who was the 2021 medalist in Section 5-3A.

Advancing to WPIALs: Zack Ross (11), Moon; Andrew Bruce (12), Moon; Neil Joon (11), Upper St. Clair; Connor McKenzie (10), Upper St. Clair; Ian Kirk (11), Upper St. Clair

Medalist honors in Section 8-3A were shared between Fox Chapel junior David Fuhrer and Shaler junior – and reigning section champion – Joey Miller, who both carded a 74 (+2) to place two strokes in front of North Catholic senior Ethan Ellis. Held at Saxon Golf Course on Sept. 20, a total of 16 golfers finished at or under the target score of 82, as the three were joined by three additional from Fox Chapel (Andrew Begg, Davis Kittsley, Joey Rattner), three additional from North Catholic (Tommy Burke, JR Hufnagel, Erik Schneider), three additional from Shaler (Jacob Crissman, Jake Kunc, Jake Skerlong), three from Shady Side Academy (Ryan Frohlich, Anthony Manges, Landon Mauser), and one from Hampton (Joe O’Donnell).

Six golfers are returning to the WPIAL Championships, including Ellis and Miller – the 2021 medalist in Section 3-3A – making their third appearances. Burke, Frohlich, Fuhrer, and Schneider are appearing in their second WPIAL Championships.

Advancing to WPIALs: David Fuhrer (11), Fox Chapel; Joey Miller (11), Shaler; Ethan Ellis (12), North Catholic; Tommy Burke (12), North Catholic; Jacob Crissman (10), Shaler; Davis Kittsley (11), Fox Chapel; Erik Schneider (12), North Catholic; Joey Rattner (11), Fox Chapel. Landon Mauser (10), Shady Side Academy; Andrew Begg (12), Fox Chapel; Joe O’Donnell (12), Hampton; Ryan Frohlich (10), Shady Side Academy; Jake Kunc (11), Shaler; Jake Skerlong (10), Shaler; Anthony Manges (12), Shady Side Academy; JR Hufnagel (12), North Catholic

Knoch junior Mitch Davies was victorious in the Section 1-2A qualifier, firing a 75 (+4) to finish four strokes ahead of Freeport sophomore Stephen Evans. Held at Buffalo Golf Course on Sept. 19, Davies and Evans were two of 11 golfers who met the target score of 85, alongside three additional from Freeport (Nate Covey, Jayen Diehl, Matt Ziembicki-Reedy), two from Deer Lakes (Zachary Buchanich, Colton Sutter), two additional from Knoch (Aiden Froedtert, Gasparo Porco), one from Burrell (Tucker Bitar), and one from Riverview (Max Catanzaro).

All 11 golfers will be making their debut WPIAL Championships appearances.

Advancing to WPIALs: Mitch Davies (12), Knoch; Stephen Evans (10), Freeport; Gasparo Porco (12), Knoch; Zachary Buchanich (11), Deer Lakes; Max Catanzaro (12), Riverview; Nate Covey (12), Freeport; Jayen Diehl (11), Freeport; Colton Sutter (12), Deer Lakes; Tucker Bitar (10), Burrell; Aiden Froedtert (11), Knoch; Matt Ziembicki-Reedy (11), Freeport

A pair of Derry seniors shared medalist honors in Section 2-2A, as Ashton Beighley and Hunter Jurica both posted a 74 (+2) to finish four strokes ahead of Greensburg Central Catholic sophomore Braden Riley. Held at Latrobe Elks Golf Course on Sept. 19, seven golfers carded a score at or under the mark of 84, with the three joined by Greensburg Central Catholic senior Wade Boyle, Ligonier Valley senior Josh Harbert, Mt. Pleasant sophomore Ryan Karfelt, and Southmoreland senior Max Sokol.

Three golfers will make a return to the WPIAL Championships in Beighley, Boyle, and Jurica. Jurica, the 2021 medalist, is appearing in his third tournament, while Beighley and Boyle are returning for the second time.

Advancing to WPIALs: Hunter Jurica (12), Derry; Ashton Beighley (12), Derry; Braden Riley (10), Greensburg Central Catholic; Josh Harbert (12), Ligonier Valley; Wade Boyle (12), Greensburg Central Catholic; Ryan Karfelt (10), Mt. Pleasant; Max Sokol (12), Southmoreland

Carmichaels junior Dustin Hastings carded a 74 (+3) to win Section 3-2A medalist honors, finishing ahead of three runners-up by four strokes each. Held at Chippewa Golf Course on Sept. 19, Hastings was one of 10 golfers that met the target score of 84, as he was joined by Bentworth’s Nathan Coski, Brownsville’s Daniel and Matthew Sethman, Carmichaels’s Dom Colarusso, Mason Lapana, and Liam Lohr, McGuffey’s Jacob Ross, and Waynesburg Central’s Braden Benke and Mason Switalski.

Seven qualifiers are holdovers from previous WPIAL Championships, including Lohr, who is making his third appearance. Daniel Sethman, the 2021 medalist in Section 8-2A, leads a group of six appearing in their second tournament with Benke, Hastings, Lapana, Ross, and Switalski.

Advancing to WPIALs: Dustin Hastings (11), Carmichaels; Daniel Sethman (11), Brownsville; Matthew Sethman (11), Brownsville; Dom Colarusso (12), Carmichaels; Jacob Ross (12), McGuffey; Mason Switalski (12), Waynesburg Central; Mason Lapana (11), Carmichaels; Nathan Coski (12), Bentworth; Braden Benke (11), Waynesburg Central; Liam Lohr (11), Carmichaels

Fort Cherry shared medalist honors in Section 4-2A among three golfers, as junior Alan Tarolli and seniors Sam Schuman and Braden Dombroski posted scores of 80 (+8) to win by three strokes. Held at South Park Golf Course on Sept. 19, the Fort Cherry trio was three of five golfers to meet the target score of 86, alongside Keystone Oaks junior Eion Tiernan and Seton LaSalle sophomore Jon Dolan.

Only one golfer from the five qualifiers is making his second WPIAL Championships appearance in Schuman.

Advancing to WPIALs: Alan Tarolli (11), Fort Cherry; Sam Schuman (12), Fort Cherry; Braden Dombroski (12), Fort Cherry; Jon Dolan (10), Seton LaSalle; Eion Tiernan (11), Keystone Oaks

A classification-high 18 golfers earned qualification to the WPIAL Championships from Section 5-2A, but it was Laurel freshman Eli Bintrim who stole the show, as his 74 (+2) was one stroke better than Neshannock junior Max Vitale for medalist honors. Held at Green Meadows Golf Course on Sept. 19, Bintrim and Vitale were joined by four from Mohawk (Keigan Hopper, Mason Hopper, Josh Wilkins, Jay Wrona), four from Shenango (Gavin Bruce, Zach Herb, Jake Natale, Ben Santangelo), three additional from Neshannock (Guy Hixon, Matt Morelli, Joey Presnar), two additional from Laurel (Caleb Gilmore, Seth Smith), one from Ellwood City (Jordan Keller), one from Riverside (Reece Pilarski), and one from Union (Rocco Galmarini).

There are five golfers who are competing in their second WPIAL Championships – Gilmore, Keigan and Mason Hopper, Morelli, and Wilkins.

Advancing to WPIALs: Eli Bintrim (9), Laurel; Max Vitale (11), Neshannock; Caleb Gilmore (12), Laurel; Matt Morelli (11), Neshannock; Jordan Keller (9), Ellwood City; Keigan Hopper (11), Mohawk; Jay Wrona (11), Mohawk; Josh Wilkins (11), Mohawk; Ben Santangelo (11), Shenango; Reece Pilarski (12), Riverside; Mason Hopper (11), Mohawk; Rocco Galmarini (11), Union; Zach Herb (11), Shenango; Joey Presnar (11), Neshannock; Jake Natale (11), Shenango; Seth Smith (12), Laurel; Guy Hixon (12), Neshannock; Gavin Bruce (10), Shenango

South Side senior Josh Lytle was victorious in Section 6-2A, earning medalist honors with a score of 76 (+4) – two strokes better than Hopewell senior Noah Salter. Held at The Club at Shadow Lakes on Sept. 20, Lytle and Salter were joined by one other golfer that met the target score of 84 in Beaver Falls senior Lincoln Jansen.

Lytle is returning to the WPIAL Championships for the third time in his career.

Advancing to WPIALs: Josh Lytle (12), South Side; Noah Salter (12), Hopewell; Lincoln Jansen (12), Beaver Falls

South Park junior JP Tusai led a three-way battle between teammates for the Section 7-2A medalist honor, with his 73 (+2) topping classmate Ryan Tumas and sophomore Adam Vas by one and three strokes, respectively. Held at Westwood Golf Club on Sept. 19, eight golfers in all reached the target score of 84, with the South Park trio joined by teammate Logan Augustine, Serra Catholic trio TJ Betzner, Kody Kraeuter, and Samual Kaminsky, and South Allegheny sophomore Josh Nesky.

Nesky, Tumas, and Tusai are all making their second WPIAL Championships appearances.

Advancing to WPIALs: JP Tusai (11), South Park; Ryan Tumas (11), South Park; Adam Vas (10), South Park; Josh Nesky (10), South Allegheny; Kody Kraeuter (10), Serra Catholic; Logan Augustine (11), South Park; TJ Betzner (12), Serra Catholic; Samual Kaminsky (11), Serra Catholic

Belle Vernon sophomore Seth Tomalski emerged victorious in Section 8-2A, posting a 71 (E) to best Elizabeth Forward senior Logan Monzak by one stroke. Held at Uniontown Country Club on Sept. 19, a total of 14 golfers met the target score of 86, as Tomalski and Monzak were joined by three additional from Belle Vernon (Jack Edwards, Rogan Maloney, Jordan Mocello), three from Uniontown (Wade Brugger, Greg Fox, Logan Voytish), two additional from Elizabeth Forward (Lucian Kite, Mitchell Vuick), two from Charleroi (Elliot Lenhart, Colton Palonder), one from Frazier (Nixen Erdley), and one from Geibel Catholic (Evan Bower).

Four golfers will be competing in their second or third WPIAL Championships. Two 2021 medalists, Monzak (Section 7-2A) and Voytish (Section 2-3A), are entering their third tournament, while Erdely and Maloney are appearing in their second.

Advancing to WPIALs: Seth Tomalski (10), Belle Vernon; Logan Monzak (12), Elizabeth Forward; Logan Voytish (11), Uniontown; Rogan Maloney (11), Belle Vernon; Jack Edwards (9), Belle Vernon; Nixen Erdely (11), Frazier; Jordan Mocello (9), Belle Vernon; Colton Palonder (12), Charleroi; Lucian Kite (11), Elizabeth Forward; Mitchell Vuick (10), Elizabeth Forward; Elliot Lenhart (11), Charleroi; Greg Fox (11), Uniontown; Wade Brugger (11), Uniontown; Evan Bower (12), Geibel Catholic

Eden Christian Academy junior Luke Gronbeck collected medalist honors in Section 9-2A, firing a 69 (-1) to finish five strokes ahead of Quaker Valley sophomore Nolan Wagoner. Held at Fort Cherry Golf Club on Sept. 19, a total of 14 golfers reached the target score of 85, with Gronbeck and Wagoner joined by five from Sewickley Academy (Severin Harmon, Leon Jiao, Karan Kad, Joey Mucci, Nick Straka), four from Bishop Canevin (Tyler Maddix, Andrew Pancake, Ryan Saginaw, Max Samangy), and three additional from Quaker Valley (Jackson Bould, Ethan Dai, Jonah Schollaert).

There are seven holdovers from previous WPIAL Championships. Mucci, the 2021 medalist in Section 9-2A, and Bould have now qualified in each of their four varsity seasons. Gronbeck, the 2021 medalist in Section 3-2A, is making is third appearance, while Dai, Harmon, Saignaw, and Straka will compete in their second tournament.

Advancing to WPIALs: Luke Gronbeck (11), Eden Christian Academy; Nolan Wagoner (10), Quaker Valley; Joey Mucci (12), Sewickley Academy; Ryan Saginaw (11), Bishop Canevin; Karan Kad (10), Sewickley Academy; Jonah Schollaert (9), Quaker Valley; Jackson Bould (12), Quaker Vlaley; Ethan Dai (10), Quaker Valley; Leon Jiao (12), Sewickley Academy; Tyler Maddix (10), Bishop Canevin; Nick Straka (12), Sewickley Academy; Max Samangy (12), Bishop Canevin; Severin Harmon (10), Sewickley Academy; Andrew Pancake (12), Bishop Canevin

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