First Posted: 10/8/2014
Dallas golfers Brendan Baloh and Alexis Wyandt qualified for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association East Regional with their strong finishes at the District 2 Individual Tournament.
Baloh shot 77 to finish in a three-way tie for second in Class AAA boys Monday at Fox Hill Country Club, earning one of six spots from the district in Tuesday’s regional at Golden Oaks Golf Club in Fleetwood.
Wyandt shot 88 to claim the last of three regional berths available from the six-player Class AAA girls field.
Baloh finished three shots behind district champion Tyler McGarry from Pittston Area.
Tuesday, Baloh will try to grab one of 24 eastern berths at the PIAA Championships, which will be held Oct. 20-22 at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York.
Wyandt finished one shot out of second place to become the first Dallas girls golfer to advance beyond district competition and the first Wyoming Valley Conference girl to advance in Class AAA since the PIAA split into two classifications. Hannah Yanoski from Valley View won the title by shooting an 83.
Baloh qualified for the District 2 tournament as a junior, but then finished 31st in the 35-player field when he shot 93. He made great strides this year.
“I just came out, stayed cool and I knew I had a chance if I shot low,” said Baloh, who had two birdies and nothing worse than a bogey in his 4-over-par round. “It happened to be a good day for me.
“It feels great being the last year playing golf, especially last year finishing way back in the field in districts.”
Golfers had to get through WVC qualifying to make it into the district field.
Lake-Lehman’s Adam Motovidlak then played 20 holes before his season ended. Motovidlak shot 82 to tie for sixth with six East Regional berths on the line in Class AA boys. Sam Harman from MMI Prep beat out Motovidlak on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff.
Ben Pilch, also from Lake-Lehman, shot 97 to finish 28th in the 32-player field.
Jon Wilson from Dallas shot 92 and tied for 28th out of 36 in Class AAA boys.
Tunkhannock edged North Pocono, 405-406, for the Class AAA girls team championship Oct. 3 at Elmhurst Country Club, but did not meet the minimum standard of 400 to qualify for state competition.