The Waynesboro Area Senior High School varsity golf team was the first of the fall sports teams to begin the 2023-24 scholastic athletic schedule, and it becomes the first to begin the postseason.
Recently, junior Tyler Fortney and freshman Abby Byers qualified for this weekend’s District 3-AAA Championships at the 6797-yard, par 72 Honey Run Golf Club in York.
The first stop on the road to the state championship began last week at Dauphin Highlands Golf Club with the Mid-Penn Conference Championship. Fortney, who also qualified for the last two district tournaments (which was held at Briarwood East in York), finished in a two-way tie for 17th place with a score of 80.
The cutoff was 83 and 26 conference golfers advanced to the district championship.
Max Wager of State College was the winner with a 71. He finished one stroke ahead of Mechanicsburg’s Zach Rengen and Cumberland Valley’s Ben Trautlein, who finished with 72.
The two-day tournament begins with a shotgun start at 10 a.m., Friday. In order to qualify for the second day of the medal-play 36-hole tournament, golfers must finish with the lowest of 32 scores and ties.
Byers finished 10th in the girls tournament with a 94.
The cutoff was 102 and 18 girls from the Mid-Penn Conference qualified for this year’s district tourney at Honey Run.
“Both players have a legitimate chance of advancing to the state tournament,” said Waynesboro golf coach Ryan Henderson. “Tyler must finish in the top 18 out of 71 for the boys. Abby must finish in the top nine for girls. The state championships are being held at Penn State University.”
Waynesboro’s Marissa Musolino just missed the cut. She finished 19th, four shots above the cutoff score.
Cumberland Valley’s Megan Fenton won the conference title with a 78.
Spectators are permitted at the events and are expected to walk the course.
Directions to the course: Take US 16 to Emmitsburg, Maryland and US-15 North to PA-234 (East Berlin Road) toward East Berlin. Turn left onto South Salem Church Road and right onto Fairway Manor. Bear right onto the road to Honey Run Golf Club.