Golfers take third at league championship
The Northwestern golf team took third place in Monday’s Colonial League Championships.
Tyler Wiik, Mason Vogwill and Joey Frey led the way as the three Tigers each shot 86 to tie for 13th place.
“I feel like I hit the ball fairly well,” said Wiik, a senior who was playing in the tournament for the fourth time. “I missed a lot of greens on my second shots. I putted and chipped fairly good. It’s mostly just my first and second shots that got me in trouble today.
“I started really slow. Through five holes I was five over then I started getting in a groove. On the back I continued with that, but then I kind of fell apart on the last few holes.”
Vogwill, who finished 15th at last year’s tournament, had played at leagues three times.
“I’ve been improving every year,” he said. “I started really well. I ended the front [nine] five over. Then on the back I started with two or three double bogeys in a row.”
Vogwill recovered from the slow start on the back nine with a birdie on the par-5 15th to keep the round from getting away.
“First and second shots were pretty good,” he said. “I struggled a lot putting. I missed a lot of short putts.”
The Tigers shot 434 as a team to finish in third place behind Moravian Academy (394) and Southern Lehigh (415).
The rest of Northwestern’s top five included Luke Hallman (87) and Colin Rex (89). Michael Joseph (92) and Jake Dellicker (101) were also part of the team at leagues, along with Gabby Smalley, who shot 107 for fourth place in the girls tournament.
Moravian Academy’s Drew Warner shot 72 to win this year’s tournament, finishing one shot ahead of Southern Lehigh’s Jimmy Gold. Maddie Siuta (Southern Lehigh) won the girls tournament with an 84.
Northwestern ended the Colonial League season at 10-3 for second place in the North Division behind undefeated Moravian Academy.
“I think we played really well as a team this season,” said Wiik. “This is the best season we’ve had so far in Northwestern Tiger golf. We definitely put us on the map and hopefully the kids behind us can continue that tradition.”
Several Northwestern golfers will play in Monday’s District 11 qualifying tournament Monday at Olde Homestead, where they hope to finish in the top half of the field to advance to the district tournament Oct. 9 at Lehigh Country Club.