Cox wins league golf title
The Emmaus golf team got its postseason started last week at Eastern Pennsylvania Golf Championships at Woodstone Golf Club.
The Hornets’ Michelle Cox won this year’s girls title while teammate Mitch Machulsky claimed second place in the boys tournament. Emmaus, which won its second straight EPC regular season title this year, finished a close second in the team standings at the league tournament.
Cox, a sophomore, shot 7-over par 79 for first place and her second straight league title.
“I felt like I didn’t play fantastically,” she said. “But it was enough to get it done and that’s what matters, just moving on to the next stage.
“My round didn’t start off great and it didn’t end great, but the middle was solid. I’m reasonably happy with how I played today I’m just happy to go to Lehigh where it’s my home course.”
Cox made two birdies and nine bogeys in her league tournament round. She and the Hornets move on to Monday’s District 11 Championship at Lehigh Country Club.
Machulsky made three birdies in his round of 79. He tied for second place with three players and got the silver medal by a match of cards. Top five finishes at leagues earn players exemptions into the district tournament, meaning Machulsky made the individual field at Lehigh without having to play in this past Monday’s qualifying tournament at Olde Homestead.
“I didn’t want to have to sweat it out at Olde Homestead,” he said. “If you’re just a little off and you have a bad day you miss districts.”
Aiden LeBlanc also earned a league medal. He took seventh place at the EPC tournament with a score of 82.
Emmaus’ Luke Lanzone shot 87 to give the Hornets a four-player team score of 327, which was tied with Northampton. They went to both team’s fifth players’ scores. The Hornets’ Matt Zerfass shot 91, while the Konkrete Kids’ Anthony Sawarynski shot 89.
“I feel like we all left a few shots out there,” said Cox. “I know I certainly did. I feel I speak for everyone when I say we’re excited to go to districts.”
Emmaus now moves on to a course that is like it’s second home. While the team plays home matches at Brookside Country Club, several golfers on this year’s team are either members or work at Lehigh.
Emmaus had capped it’s undefeated regular season just days before the league tournament by beating Parkland 414-434. That win put the Hornets at 15-0 in league matches and avenged a late-season loss to the Trojans in 2017 that was the only blemish on Emmaus’ league record last fall.
“We won the regular season and we’re going to districts as a team,” said Cox. “That’s pretty exciting for us.”
Five Emmaus players competed in Monday’s district qualifier in hopes of making the individual district field next week.
Zerfass shot 80 for fifth place in the qualifier. He’ll be joined in the individual district tournament by LeBlanc and Lanzone, who both shot 86 Monday to come in two strokes under the cut for districts. Teammates Dylan Keopraseut and Sean Jaeger both shot 90 and missed the district field by two shots.
Players who made the cut for districts can advance to regionals the next week if they place in the top eight in the boys district tournament or top four in girls.
The four teams competing for a Class 3A district title next Monday are Northampton, Emmaus, Schuylkill League champ Blue Mountain and Colonial League champ Southern Lehigh, which beat Emmaus in a nonleague match at Wedgewood this fall. Only the winning team moves on to regionals as a team.