First it was the Union City girls softball team that made major news across the state.Now it’s the Union City golf team that has captured the school’s first-ever District 10 Class 2A championship.Playing at the Country Club of Meadville, the Bears had a team total of 329 to finish two strokes better than Mercyhurst Prep. Corry (343) was fourth in the five-team event.
“It wasn’t easy winning, it never is,” admitted coach Steve Yovich. “These guys have played a lot through the summer, three of them went to Florida so they’ve face a lot of competition.”They all started playing when they were in ninth grade, they are real smart, four of them are in the National Honor Society,” he noted. “They love to play and they are so coachable.”They’ve done everything I’ve asked of them, they are quality kids,” claimed Yovich. “They are confident, mentally they realize that they are one of the top teams in the state.”
The team consists of junior Josh James and seniors Tyler Parkhurst, Cole DeSimone, Matt Bennett and Matt Yaple.James and Parkhurst also qualified for states as individuals, James placing fifth at districts and Parkhurst seventh. DeSimone just missed, losing a playoff for the eighth and final spot.”These guys have played so much they don’t get nervous,” said Yovich. “They can handle pressure.”Now they head to the Western Regional on Thursday at Treasure Lake in DuBois, teeing off at 10 a.m. “We are playing a practice round on Tuesday. Then I believe we play against Clarion from District 9,” said Yovich. “If we win, we advance to the state team tourney on Monday, Oct. 25.”The PIAA individual event is Monday, Oct. 18, in York. Corry’s Maxx Rimdzius and Nate James also qualified.