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Fall Sports Report

September 20, 2012

A roundup of action from Sept. 19

NEW CASTLE — Neshannock High golfer Marissa Kirkwood was on a roll yesterday.

Kirkwood fired a 79 to win the WPIAL Section 5-AA girls qualifier at Kittanning Country Club. The top five golfers plus any others to shoot a 91 or better advanced to the WPIAL Championship. Just five golfers moved on, though.

The WPIAL Championship match is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 1 at 3 Lakes Golf Course in Saltsburg.

Eleven schools were represented in the event.

Kirkwood, a freshman, cruised to a nine-shot victory. Freeport’s Audrey Clawson was Kirkwood’s closest competitor, recording an 88.

“Her short game was really good,” said Lancers coach Mike Kirkwood, who is Marissa’s dad. “She thought she really composed herself well and she couldn’t believe how well she played.

“We played a practice round there and she did pretty well. The course is really tight. The greens, I would compare them to the New Castle Country Club. They are faster and maybe harder. It was definitely challenging in that aspect. I thought the practice round definitely helped her.”

Marissa Kirkwood scored a 42-37, including carding three birdies on the back nine.

“I definitely thought she could play well,” Mike Kirkwood said. “She’s been pretty steady all year, around 38 to 42.

“Her putting has not been real great. She putted real well on the fast greens the last couple of days.”

Union’s Jessica Galanski also competed in the event, but failed to qualify.

The top three finishers in each classification at the WPIAL Championship match on Oct. 1 will be awarded a gold, silver and bronze medal, respectively.

The championship will consist of 18 holes of stroke play. In addition to the top three golfers in each classification, all qualifiers to the PIAA tournament will be awarded a copper medal.

The top eight from Class AA and the top eight from Class AAA from the WPIAL final round will qualify for the Western PIAA individual qualifying round with qualifiers from five other PIAA western  districts on Oct. 15 at Tom’s Run Golf Course at Chestnut Ridge in Blairsville, provided their score in the WPIAL championship final round does not exceed 100. Ties for the final qualifying spot will be broken with “sudden victory” extra holes.

 The top six Class AAA players and top ten Class AA players from the regional qualifying round will qualify for the PIAA championship tournament to be held at Heritage Hills Golf Course in York on Oct. 22 and Oct. 23.

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