ST. MARYS – Elk County Catholic boys golf won the District 9 Class AA boys golf team championship on Monday at Bavarian Hills Golf Course as part of the first day of the District 9 boys golf championship.
ECC finished with a team total of 335. Elliott Struble is tied for the lead after the first day with a score of 75. Mitchell Struble also is a qualifier for the second round with a score of 82. The top 14 finishers and ties qualify for the final round on Saturday. The top eight finishers from Saturday advance to regionals at Tom's Run in Blairsville. The cut line ended up being 84.
Drew Meyer had a score of 85 and Jess Jaynes finished at 93 for the Crusaders.
Ridgway finished one stroke off the pace in the team competition with a score of 336. The Elkers were led by sophomore Josh Roselli who is also tied for the lead in the individual tournament after his round of 75.
Roselli shot 38 on the front nine with six pars and three bogeys on the front nine, including four straight pars from the fourth to the seventh hole. Roselli parred the 10th and 11th holes and then added a birdie on the 13th. He would add another birdie on 17 and he finished with a 37 on the back nine.
T.J. Schlimm is also a qualifier for Ridgway for the final round, he is tied for seventh after his first-round 81. Jake Klawuhn finished with an 89 and Jesse Reynolds had a 91 to compile the team total for the Elkers.
Mitchell Gilmore and Matt Aiello had scores of 87 for Ridgway. Josh Mitchell carded a 98 for Ridgway.
Cameron Grumley of Johnsonburg is in third place two strokes back with his first-round 77. After going out with a front nine of 40, Grumley settled down on the back nine and carded a 1-over-par 37. Grumley had six pars on the back nine against just two bogeys and birdied the par-4 17th hole.
"I think he's in a good position for Saturday," Johnsonburg coach Matt Myers said. "He's excited. He got a good pairing. I'm confident he can play well and hopefully advance to the regional."
Grumley made it to regionals last year and Myers said Grumley is comfortable with this type of pressure golf.
"I know he got the chance to play Bavarian a lot during the summer and I know he's comfortable here," Myers said. "Last year, making it to the regional, he's been in that position where he's got the pressure on him, I think that can only help him."
Teammate Nathan Burgeson finished with an 89. CJ Herbstritt had a 110 and David Sallack finished at 115 for the Rams who wound up with a team total of 391.
Owen Schreiber of St. Marys qualified on the cut line with his first-round 84.
Jason Thorp of Curwensville is fourth after a 78. Paul Etchepare of Cameron County and Cameron Kockler of Coudersport are tied for fifth with scores of 80. Kal Logue of Austin and Jack Huggins of Brookville are tied with Schlimm in seventh places with scores of 81.
Andrew Turk is tied with Mitchell Struble for 10th place with an 82. Mark Walker of DuBois Central Catholic is 12th at 83. Along with Schreiber, Decklan Burhart of Cranberry and Gary Fye of Forest Area are tied for 12th with scores of 84.
Jamie Rook finished at 104 for Kane and Dan Park had a 107 for the Wolves as did Rudy Gleixner.
Punxsutawney won the AAA team title with a score of 338.
The final round is scheduled for Saturday
The AA team results are as follows:
Elk County Catholic (335) – Elliott Struble 75, Mitchell Struble 82, Drew Meyer 85, Jess Jaynes 93.
Ridgway (336) – Josh Roselli 75, T.J. Schlimm 81, Jake Klawuhn 89, Jesse Reynolds 91.
Clarion (358) – Jon Kenneson 83, Thomas Sarvey 88, Tanner Steiner 93, Jared Bish 94.
Brookville (359) – Jack Huggins 81, Jordan Tosh 86, Jacob McLaughlin 91, Tate Canavan 101.
Keystone (359) – Andrew Turk 82, Breau Schettler 85, Ryan Wolbert 95, Cameron Henry 97.
Cranberry (368) – Decklan Burkhart 84, Cameron Hoover 92, Ty Rex 96, Jacob Creighton 96.
Johnsonburg (391) – Cameron Grumley 77, Nathan Burgeson 89, C.J. Herbstritt 110, David Sallack 115.
A-C Valley (392) – Landon DeLisio 91, Noah Morgan 91, Justice Seeker 105, Jackson Shook 105.
The AAA team results are as follows:
Punxsutawney (338) – Brandon Mancuso 80, Mike Blose 84, Logan Reed 84, Eli Thompson 90.
Bradford (358) – Mitch Faulkner 79, Ryan Strauss 84, Brandon Whelan 94, Brayden Snyder 101.