W&J Women's Golf Leads PAC Championship; Men Looking For Tuesday Comeback
BELLE VERNON, Pa. -- The third round of the 72-hole Presidents' Athletic Conference Golf Championship Series was held on Monday at Cedarbrook Golf Club and both Washington & Jefferson College teams are vying for titles.
The W&J women lead the standings with a 54-hole score of 1,099, including 382 strokes on Monday. The first 36 holes of the PAC Championship Series were held during the fall at Oak Tree Country Club (West Middlesex, Pa.) and the Presidents posted 717 strokes. Washington & Jefferson is searching for its eighth PAC women's golf championship and first since 2010.
The Presidents' men (922 total strokes; 305 Monday) will need a final-round comeback as they trail Saint Vincent (906; 301 Monday) by 16 shots for the championship and automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. W&J was led by sophomore Matthew Stearns (Saegertown, Pa./Saegertown), who shot an even-par round of 72 to lead the 40-player field. Grove City's Blake Brogan is second after shooting 73.
Freshman Amanda Halula (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) paced the W&J women with a round of 90 to place second among the 22 golfers. She only trails Madison Presto of Waynesburg by three strokes for the PAC medalist award. Halula's round helped W&J hold its lead over Grove City (1,111) by 12 strokes. Westminster is third with 1,139 strokes, while Thiel has amassed 1,232 shots. One player from Saint Vincent and Presto round out the field.
Sophomore Jennifer Suder (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Seneca Valley) is sixth after shooting 93, while junior Katelyn Vannoy (Beaver Falls, Pa./Blackhawk) totaled 98 shots to finish 10th after day one. Senior Ellen Schmitt (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) shot 101 and is 14th, while freshman Kylie McKenna (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) is 21st after a round of 116.
Behind Saint Vincent and W&J in the men's standings is Thiel at 932, 10 strokes back of W&J. Grove City is fourth with 936 followed Thomas More (959), Westminster (977) and Bethany (1,111). Waynesburg is ineligible for the team title after not competing as a team during the fall tournament.
Junior Colin Izzo (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and freshman Evan Lestini (Bridgeville, Pa./South Fayette) are tied for eighth place in the men's standings following rounds of 77, while freshman Tim Novic (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) is 15th after carding 79 strokes. Sophomore Ryan Mazza (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) totaled 82 shots and is tied for 23rd place.
The final rounds at Cedarbrook Golf Club begin Tuesday morning.