Ron Poniewasz Jr.
New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
Neshannock High boys golfer Matt Cioffi concluded his career in fine fashion yesterday.
Cioffi, a senior, placed 12th at the PIAA Individual Golf Championships with an 81-76—157. The two-day event was held at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York.
The top 10 golfers earned a medal. Cioffi, who finished 15-over, missed a medal by two strokes.
Fairfield’s Isaiah Logue, a junior, won the championship with a 71-74—145
“I thought he played really well,” Lancers coach Mike Kirkwood said. “He was one of only five kids with a nine-hole round under par.
“He hit the ball well. The course was tough, but I thought he did tremendous.”
Kirkwood said it rained in the morning yesterday off and on, but Cioffi still carded a one-under for the first nine holes in the poor conditions. Cioffi registered a 34-42 yesterday, and a 38-43 Monday.
A triple-bogey on the last hole yesterday proved costly in Cioffi’s quest for a medal.
“The very best of the best golfers are there,” Kirkwood said. “Matt did really well with his putting.
“I’ve seen a lot of different greens and I’d rank those greens right up there among the hardest. They are large greens and the pins were in tough places.”
Kirkwood attributed Cioffi’s desire in the offseason for his success.
“His work ethic in the offseason was second to none,” Kirkwood said. “He earned what he got and that’s a tribute to him and his efforts.
“I thought he did a tremendous job this year.”
Cioffi plans to play golf at the collegiate level but has yet to decide which school he will attend.