Three local golfers advance to WPIAL finals
Burrell senior Leslie Pavetto usually plays from the white tees since she is the only female member of the Burrell golf team.
She got to play from the women’s tees Wednesday and made the most of it, shooting a 16-over-par 86 to qualify for the WPIAL girls championship Oct. 7 at Cedarbrook Golf Course.
Pavetto will be joined by two other local players, freshman Magaret Pentrack of Shady Side Academy and Jenna Pallarom of Kiski Area.
Pentrack, a Fox Chapel resident who won the Pittsburgh Field Club women’s club title this summer at the age of 13, shot 84 in her WPIAL postseason debut. She covered the back nine in 40 shots.
Pallarom also will make her WPIAL finals debut. After a 51 on the front side, she closed with a 46 for a 97.
Pavetto took advantage of the short Irwin Country Club course. Despite four double-bogeys, she shot 42 on the back nine to assure a top-10 finish and her second consecutive berth into the WPIAL tournament.
“When I saw her on the course I told her to relax and have fun,” said Burrell coach Butch Lessig. “She played that course the other day and shot 75. It was set up a little different today, but I figured she would be under 90. We figured that would make the cut.”
Pavetto missed the PIAA meet by two strokes last season. The top eight players in the WPIAL tournament advance to the state finals.
Some local players who failed to qualify out of Irwin Country Club were Natalie Caratelli, Lauren Golembiewski and Jenna Karafinski of Kiski Area, Christine Clowes of Freeport and Laura Yockey, Jenna Hanzel, Lauren Montebell and Jenna Montebell of Kittanning.
No Fox Chapel players advanced out of the Section 2 tournament played at Cranberry Highlands Golf Course.
WPIAL girls golf
Section 1 tournament
At Irwin Country Club, par 70
Note: Top finishers advance to WPIAL championship Oct. 7 at Cedarbrook Golf Course (Red course), Belle Vernon.
Julie Miller, Greensburg Central Catholic 73
Jackie Scott, Franklin Regional 78
Jordan Craig, Connellsville 80
Margaret Pentrack, Shady Side Academy 84
Emily Morrison, Southmoreland 84
Leslie Pavetto, Burrell 86
Caryn Doege, Gateway 87
Areya Simmons, Woodland Hills 96
Jenna Pallarom, Kiski Area 97
Section 2 tournament
At Cranberry Highlands Golf Course, par 72
Samantha Milosh, Center 75
Lauren Papas, Sewickley Academy 76
Melanie Ice, Riverside 77
Kara Hochevar, Ambridge 78
Natalie Lueck, Blackhawk 78
Stephanie Switzer, Beaver 79
Lauren Glew, Mars 82
Jackie Pielin, North Allegheny 83
Jackie Herbert, North Allegheny 83
Leah Antkiewicz, Quigley 86*
* — advanced in playoff