Cox wins EPC title
Michelle Cox might not have played her best golf in last Monday’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference golf tournament, but the Emmaus freshman got her high school tournament golf career off to a great start with a first-place finish in the girls.
Cox shot 82 to finish nine strokes ahead of Stroudsburg’s Olivia Patrow last week at Woodstone Golf Club.
“I feel like I hit the ball fine,” said Cox, “but I didn’t putt well so there’s still that element of disappointment.”
Cox was hoping to shoot in the 70s Monday in just her second time playing at Woodstone. But 40 plagued what she felt could have been a better round.
“The greens were rolling nice,” she said. “I just felt like my distance control was a little off and I missed some short ones.
“I’m proud of myself. I’m honored to have this opportunity and play on a team that’s supportive. I’m happy with winning here.”
While Cox has played in plenty of tournaments, this is her first year on the high school team and first time playing in a high school tournament.
“The difference is it’s a team,” she said. “You’re a family with your team. They’re there to bust on you when you have a good round and they’re there to pick you up when you have a bad one.”
The Hornets, which went 14-1 in the regular season, shot 353 as a team for fifth place at the tournament. They finished one shot behind Parkland and two shots ahead of Northampton.
Emmaus’ Jake Caverly finished two strokes outside the top 12 at the tournament with an 87. Connor Wambold carded a 90, while Sean Jaeger and Luke Lanzone (95) also competed in the tournament for the Hornets.
Cox earns an exemption in next week’s District 11 Championship, which will be held at a course she’s much more familiar with.
“Districts are at Lehigh and I’m a member there and I play there a lot,” she said. “I’m planning to go low there.”
Emmaus will go to districts as a team and try to avenge its late-season loss to Parkland and the fifth-place showing at leagues.
“We’ve all played Lehigh,” said Cox. “We all either work there or are members there. We’re all pretty hyped up to go to Lehigh.”
All four Emmaus boys golfers that played in Monday’s District 11 qualifier at earned a place in the individual district championship by finishing in the top half of the 32-player qualifier field. Luke Lanzone shot 79 to finish fifth in the event, held at Olde Homestead Golf Course. Seniors Connor Wambold (86) and Jake Caverly (87) also played their way into Monday’s event at Lehigh, as did freshman Sean Jaeger (87). Jaeger and Caverly were part of a six-way tie for 16th place, qualifying right on the number.