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Boys' golf can't weather storm in loss

September 11, 2013

In this file photo, Punxsy's Brandon Mancuso is seen lining up a putt during a match against Brookville. Photo by Dan Long of The Punxsutawney Spirit.

PUNXSUTAWNEY— The Punxsy Chucks traveled to Indiana Country Club for a nine-hole event on Wednesday.

Unfortunately for Punxsy and Indiana, Mother Nature didn't want to cooperate.

Indiana ended up winning the lightning-delayed and shortened match 147-132.

Since the Chucks were playing a Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) team in Indiana, it went by that conference's rules last night.

Both teams played six varsity golfers, but only scored five of them.

With the lightning in play, the match was delayed until 4 p.m., a half-hour later than the scheduled start time.

Also because of the weather, the match turned into a six-hole competition instead of nine holes.

Even though the match was shortened, it's still considered official.

Both teams played holes one through
five, and then played hole nine for a par-25 match.

For the Chucks, they played Brandon Mancuso, Austin Milton, Logan Reed,
Eli Thompson, Nick Voris and Peyton Graham.

Indiana featured Matt Holuta, Kevin Jack, Kyle Grube, Bo Putt, Danny Clark and Wade Semsick.

Mancuso had yet another standout performance, as he shot par for the course with his 25.

Closing out his round, Mancuso birdied No. 9 to secure the even score.
Despite the stellar score, Mancuso finished second to Reed on the afternoon for Punxsy.

Reed birdied both No. 1 and No. 5 on the course — both par-5 holes — for a one-under 24.

The other participants for the Chucks shot respectable scores, but placed in the 30s.

Milton shot a plus-seven 32, while both Thompson and Graham shot plus-eight 33s.

Voris rounded out the scoring with his plus-11 36.

The solid effort wasn't enough, as Indiana had all but one golfer shoot under 30 on the day.

With the top score on the course, Holuta shot a minus-two 23.

Haluta was able to shoot birdies on No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3.

Both Grube and Clark missed par by one stroke, as each shot a 26 on the on the afternoon.

Jack followed with his 28, and Putt had a 29.

Finishing off the scoring for Indiana was Semsick with his plus-six 31.

Despite the defeat and the uncooperative weather, head coach Josh Conrad was pleased with the way his team played against tough competition.

"It's great going over there. They have a championship course with fast greens and a great team. I think we handled the pressure of playing with them pretty well," Conrad said. "They're just on another level and are
just great competitors. On Tuesday, they shot a 174 with five golfers against another WPIAL team for a four-under-par score.

The Chucks return to action Saturday at the Bradford Invitational.

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