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September 20, 2013

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NEW CASTLE — Neshannock High golfer Marissa Kirkwood is moving on.

Kirkwood, a sophomore, qualified yesterday for the WPIAL Championships by shooting a six-over 79 at Ponderosa Golf Course in Hookstown. She finished tied for fourth with Central Valley’s Marissa Sudar, who also fired a 79.

It’s the second year in a row Kirkwood qualified for the WPIAL Championship. Last year, she won the WPIAL semifinal event with a 79 at Kittanning Country Club.

“I felt that pretty much every area of my game (yesterday) was pretty good,” Kirkwood said. “I could have done a few things better, but overall it was a pretty solid round.

“You can never be perfect. Even in my best round, there’s always something you can improve on. I played a pretty solid round; I just wanted to advance and get to the WPIAL Championship.”

Golfers who shot a 91 or below advanced to the WPIAL Championship.

The WPIAL Championship will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 30 at Hillcrest Country Club in Lower Burrell. The top 10 from there will move on to the state semifinals.

Central Valley’s Mackenzie Fouse won the event with a 69.

Joey Walz of Seton-La Salle was second with an even-par 73. Maddy MacDanel, also from Central Valley, placed third with a 74.

Kirkwood was three-under after six holes and she finished one-over on the front nine.

“My putting in the beginning was pretty good,” she said. “I sunk a lot of putts that I should have made.

“My tee shots were probably the best they’ve been in a while. I was setting myself up well for the next shot. I might have missed two fairways.”

Neshannock coach Mike Kirkwood, who is Marissa’s dad, was pleased with her outcome.

“I’m really happy for her,” Mike Kirkwood said. “This was a goal she set for herself. She’s put the time in and it’s nice to see it paying off.”

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