Jackson, Meyers help WGPA to fifth-consecutive Palmer Cup title
Franklin Regional senior Palmer Jackson and Central Catholic senior Jimmy Meyers missed school Thursday.
That’s because two of the top high school golfers in the state were helping the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association’s squad of amateurs to their fifth consecutive victory over the Tri-State PGA professionals in the annual Palmer Cup tournament at Latrobe Country Club.
The WPGA squad won six of seven four-ball matches in the afternoon session to win 11-6.
The match was tied 5-5 after morning singles, but the amateurs, sparked by Jackson and Meyers, dominated the afternoon.
Jackson teamed with Andy Butler to defeat Jason Martin and Mason Stutler, 5 and 4.
“Andy and I played well together,” Jackson said. “We picked each up the entire round, and we didn’t let up on them. I felt I played better in the afternoon than I did in the morning.”
Jackson defeated Allegheny pro John Aber, 3 and 2, in singles action.
“Playing in this event is special to me,” Jackson said. “I didn’t get to play in it when Mr. (Arnold) Palmer was living, and I never got to meet him. Playing in this event is relaxing and such a treat.”
Jackson was named after the late legendary golfer who called Latrobe home.
“Neither John nor I played great in the singles matches,” Jackson said. “I have been sharp. I’m playing a lot of golf, but I need to practice more and meet with my golf coach.”
Jackson and Meyers are just two WPIAL golfers with PIAA-championship potential.
Latrobe senior Brady Pevarnik was supposed to play in the Palmer Cup, but because rain washed out Monday’s Section 1 qualifier, that event was held Thursday at Manor Valley Golf Course. Pevarnik won the qualifier with a 68.
Meyers said he was thrilled when he learned he was selected to play in the Palmer Cup.
“This was such a great experience,” Meyers said. “This was so awesome to play in.”
Meyers dominated his singles match, defeating Stutler, 5 and 4. In the afternoon, he and Kevin Koerbel teamed up o defeat Rob McClellan and Shawn McCall, 3 and 2.
“I just took advantage of Mason’s mistakes in the singles event,” Meyers said. “Kevin and I played consistent in the afternoon. We picked each other up and didn’t make any mistakes.”
Meyers said his goal is to help his team win WPIAL and state titles. As for an individual title, he hopes to win that too.
Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at [email protected] or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.