Marissa Malosh began her quest for a second straight WPIAL championship in girls golf when she finished first in the first round of action played Sept. 26 at the Youghiogheny Country Club in McKeesport.
The South Fayette senior carded a 3-over-par 75 and will carry that score with her into the finals to be played Tuesday at the Valley Brook Country Club in McMurray. Malosh’s round featured 11 pars and two birdies.
Malosh, who won the 2021 WPIAL title, is among eight local golfers to qualify for the championships. Her teammate, Ally Brennan, finished 21st overall.
Four Peters Township girls advanced to the finals. They were: Ellie Benson 4th with an 80), Sophia Severns (7th, 85), Brooke Vowcheck (13th, 89) and Amelia Severns (22nd, 97).
Mt. Lebanon’s Anna Kushnir and Madeline Zerega gained championship berths by tying for 13th place with 89 scores.
In Class AA competition, Emily Obara advanced to the WPIAL finals. The Seton LaSalle sophomore placed 12th in first round action.
Seven area golfers advanced to the WPIAL boys’ golf finals to be played Oct. 6 at Allegheny Country Club.
They were among the top 36 finishers during the first round of competition played Sept. 27 at Champion Lakes Golf Club in Bolivar.
Central Catholic’s Rocco Salvitti, a Canonsburg native, earned medalist honors while four Peters Township, two Upper St. Clair and one Mt. Lebanon golfer made the cut.
Lebo’s Callan Wilcox had the highest finish among the seven. The senior tied for 11th place, carding a 77 on the 6,450-yard, par 71 course.
USC’s Connor McKenzie and Neil Joon tied for the 19th position. Both fired 80s.
PT’s Colton Lusk tied for 14th position (79 ) while Ben Mller and Nick Wetzel each carded 81s for 22nd place. Austin Malley finished 26th with an 82, two shots under the cutoff score.