Royer's 23rd Victory: A Challenging Stretch to Triumph

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Royer’s 23rd Victory: A Challenging Stretch to Triumph

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State College, PA – On Tuesday, the Penn State Golf Courses witnessed the culmination of several remarkable high school golf careers, while others paved the way for a promising future.

Tyrone’s senior, R.J. Royer, a Williamsburg student participating in a golf co-op with the Golden Eagles, rebounded from an initial 78 in the first round. He was on the verge of a top-10 finish and a medal but ultimately settled for a 23rd place tie after two bogeys on the final two holes. Royer shared, “My expectations were to try and make the top 10, even though it was a bit ambitious. My main goal was to perform better than yesterday, and I was quite content after a disappointing day.”

Royer’s day started with a remarkable eagle on the par 5 10th hole, holing his third shot from a distance of about 50 yards. He briefly climbed to the 15th spot on the leaderboard before those last two holes.

Having missed states last season, Royer concluded his high school golf career on a high note. Tyrone, a two-time District 6 Class 2A team champion, reached states as a team two years ago with Royer on board. He reminisced, “I have a lot of great memories, especially winning districts and going to states as a team my sophomore year. Traveling together and staying in a hotel was a fun experience.”

Central claimed this year’s District 6 championship, and two Central Scarlet Dragons also marked the end of their illustrious careers on Tuesday. Griffin Snowberger tied for 35th, shooting 77 and 79 on Monday and Tuesday, respectively. Nick Baum tied for 53rd with rounds of 80 and 82.

Griffin Snowberger reflected, “I didn’t perform at my best over the past few days, but it was an honor to compete against the best golfers in the state. It’s been a fantastic four years of high school golf, and I’m proud of my achievements and the accomplishments of my team. I look forward to competing at the next level.”

Bedford’s Josh Topper tied for 25th at 10-over par for the tournament, while Northern Cambria’s Brady Houser shared 44th place at 14-over par.

In the PIAA Class 2A boys championship, Nick Werner from Wyoming Seminary emerged victorious with a 6-under par finish. West Shamokin’s Alex Talmadge, the District 6 titleholder, secured a medal by tying for ninth place with back-to-back rounds of 73.

Hollidaysburg had two golfers competing in Class 3A, aiming for a promising future. Junior Isaac Miller, who bounced back with a 78 on Tuesday after an uncharacteristic 89 on Monday, finished 71st in the Class 3A boys field, which was won by Butler’s Hunter Swidzinski. Isaac Miller shared, “It was nothing like I’ve ever experienced before. It was very cool. I tried to absorb the moment and focus on coming back here. I want to improve, return, and perform better.”

Hunter Swidzinski, with an incredible 8-under par 64 on Tuesday, including an eagle on the final hole, forced a three-way playoff with Penn Trafford’s Nick Turowski and Plum’s Wes Lorish. He went on to win the playoff and the title.

State College’s Max Wager secured a sixth-place medal with a score of 5-under par, achieved through rounds of 68 and 71.

In the Class 3A girls competition, Hollidaysburg’s freshman, Crosby Denis, tied for 22nd with scores of 82 and 81. Denis commented, “The first day I was so nervous, but it turned out to be an amazing experience for my first time playing at states. I’m proud of myself for the 82, and I want to keep playing golf and tennis.”

Crosby Denis, who won the District 6 girls golf championship, the District 6 Class 3A doubles tennis championship with Megan Ferris, and the District 6 Class 3A team tennis championship with her Hollidaysburg teammates, is looking forward to further improvements in her golf game.

Plymouth Whitemarsh’s Rhianna Gooneratne clinched the 3A girls championship with a 4-under par score. In the Class 2A girls, North East’s Anna Swan secured the state title with a 1-under score, and District 6 champion Maddie Koshko of Saint Joseph’s earned a fifth-place medal with back-to-back rounds of 74.

Reference

https://www.altoonamirror.com/sports/local-sports/2023/10/royer-challenges-down-stretch-before-taking-23rd/

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