Miller pulls off three-peat
Northwestern Lehigh's Cole Miller will be the first one to admit last Wednesday's round at the 2013 Colonial League Golf Championships at Bethlehem Golf Club wasn't his sharpest.
But Miller's even-par 71 was enough to lead the rest of the Colonial League, and the senior was able to add a third consecutive league title under his belt.
"The drivers and irons were really solid," Miller said. "I hit 13 greens, and I hit plenty of fairways. I really gave myself chances to make a lot of putts. Unfortunately, the putter wasn't quite as good as I would've liked.
"I managed a round that I didn't quite have my A game, but it was definitely a solid game out there."
Despite shooting nearly four strokes above his season average of 66.9, Miller's round was two strokes ahead of second-place Colin Hagenbuch of Wilson. Salisbury's Kody Long shot a 75 and finished in third.
Miller got off to a quick one-under par after the first two holes, and the repeat champion was able to hold off the rest of the pack for the final 16.
"Today, I got off to a pretty good start," Miller said. "I parred the first and birdied the second, so I was one-under. I never really got anything going. I kind of flatlined right around even par. I wavered back and forth between one-over, even and one-under."
While his long-distance game was on point in the league championships, his short game on the greens cost him a few strokes. Part of that can be a product of playing on an unfamiliar course, a course that can present challenges to players on the putting greens.
"The course out here is definitely different than the normal high school set up," Miller said. "The greens are firm and fast, which is the complete opposite of what we're used to when playing most high school courses."
Two years ago, Miller captured a district crown to go along with his gold in the league tournament. But after a second-place finish in last season's district tournament, Miller has his eyes set on the top spot this year.
"Just going onto districts, I'd like to play it smart and take one shot at a time," Miller said. "I think that's the biggest thing - you can't overthink anything. If I can really improve that short game going into districts, I think I'll be set."
Nick Vecellio shot an 81 and finished in 12th place, while the other Tiger scores are as follows: Zach Caruso (92), Brandon Eden (103), Brandon Segan (104), Kevin Shuey (104), Patrick Brannan (109), and Zach Tasesco (112).
In the team championships, Southern Lehigh shot a 411, and to edge out Moravian Academy (415). Wilson shot a 449. The Tigers finished with a 451.