NW golfers compete in postseason events
Northwestern seniors Luke Hallman and Gabby Smalley will represent the Tigers at Monday’s District 11 Golf Championship Tournament.
Both earned exemptions by placing high enough in last week’s Colonial League tournament.
Their teammate, Will Dellicker had a chance to make districts if he posted a low round at Monday’s district qualifier, which was held at Olde Homestead. The senior shot 95 to finish 31st in the Class 3A qualifying field. The top half of the field of 37 players, plus ties, advanced to districts.
Hallman, who shot 79 for fifth place at last week’s Colonial League Championships, started looking forward to his first district tournament appearance as soon as he finished his league championship round.
“Right away I was just thinking about getting ready for the district tournament,” he said. “Right now it’s just survive and advance.”
Hallman went head to head with the eventual winner of last week’s Colonial League Tournament, Ben Ortwein. The two were even most of the day before Ortwein two-putted the 18th while Hallman needed three putts and finished one stroke behind the winner.
Five players finished within one shot of the lead. Ortwein tied Palmerton’s Tyler Hager and won the title in a playoff. Hallman tied two other players at 79.
While he was happy with his score, Hallman wanted to take home a gold medal from his final league championship event.
“Playing there four years in a row my goal was to go in and win,” he said. “That’s what I wanted to do. Placing first was my main goal.
“I felt pretty good. I missed a couple putts that I probably should have made, but other than that I feel like I played pretty good.”
Competing in the Class 3A field, Hallman will need to finish in the top six next week to advance to regionals. Smalley will need to finish in the top three in Class 3A girls in order to move on.