Smalley earns medal at district golf tourney
After a double-bogey and two bogeys in his first five holes at Monday’s District 11 golf championships, Northwestern’s Luke Hallman realized he chances of advancing to regionals probably slipped away over that stretch.
The Tiger senior kept plugging along and trying to play his best golf. He completed the round of 88 (16-over par) to finish in a tie for 24th at the event, held at The Steel Club in Hellertown.
“Knowing I had to shoot 77-78 to have a chance, it’s hard to rethink and regroup. I tried,” he said. “I didn’t start out well. Once I got going I played all right. I think I was five over through three. I played the back nine three over (par) and had 49 on the front nine.”
Hallman wasn’t far off on his estimation. The cut to advance to regionals in boys Class 3A was 76. The top six players in the field of 31 boys advanced and six players were able to shoot 4-over par or better.
Parkland senior Trevor Grimm won the 3A boys tournament with an even-par 72, one stroke ahead of Emmaus sophomore Matt Zerfass.
While it wasn’t how Hallman hoped to play at districts, he reached his first district championship tournament this fall, had his best league tournament finish and got to end his career playing in a championship tournament, something only the best golfers are able to accomplish.
“I completed a lot of my goals this year,” said Hallman. “I set a lot of goals and I achieved almost all of them. It was a pretty good year all around. To come here, these are all really good players. They’re all basically college players. It’s good to compete with them.”
Hallman wasn’t the only Northwestern golfer who ended his career in the biggest tournament District 11 has to offer. His teammate and classmate Gabby Smalley also capped her career with a fifth-place finish at districts. She shot 103 and earned a medal in a Class 2A girls field that included eight players.
“I keep telling everybody my goal for this season was to get here, so today was just another opportunity to play,” said Smalley. “And I’m content with myself.
“As a senior, I was just trying to go out and have a good time.”
It’s an approach Smalley hopes the underclassmen take with them into next season.
“I hope that they continue to have fun,” she said. “There are five seniors graduating, so I hope they keep getting other kids to play, because it’s not a big group.”