Golf team maintains section lead with notable home match

This afternoon, teams from Solanco, Cocalico, Elizabethtown, Garden Spot, Manheim Central, and Lebanon traveled to Willow Street to take on the Lampeter-Strasburg Golf Team at its home course, Meadia Heights Golf Club. The Section Two match proved to be a challenging 18 holes, particularly for the visiting teams. The match began at noon, and the final scores were being recorded just before 5 p.m., which proved to be a celebratory time for L-S. The team placed first in the match, preserving its Section Two lead above Solanco.

Jake Groff tees off on the 18th hole
"It was a big win for us since we came in first and Solanco came in third," senior Jake Groff pointed out. After today's match, L-S leads Section Two 32-4, while Solanco trails closely with a record of 30-6. Groff went on: "Smitty came up big with his 87 and Mikey with his 86."

Sophomore Ryan Smith and senior Mike Saladino played exceptional rounds with the second and third best scores for the team. Groff shot a 78, the best score for the team and one of the lowest in the entire match. Rounding out the scorecard for the Pioneers were sophomore Andrew Fink, 94; junior Christian Eby, 95; and freshman Austin Lauver, 98. L-S was the only team in the match of which all of its members shot below 100.
Mike Saladino putts to close
the round
L-S went 6-0 in today's match with a total score of 345. In second place was Cocalico (5-1) with a total of 363, and in third was Solanco (4-2) with a score of 368.

Coach Mike Chiodo referred to the gap between first and second, implying that L-S had a comfortable lead in today's round. When asked about how he believed the team performed, he says that the team members "played to their averages," as he expected, which helped L-S to be victorious as a team. He also says that the team "breaking 350 would be an advantage" in today's match, and the Pioneers were successful in doing so. Chiodo acknowledged the home course advantage, playing at Meadia Heights, which he noted is one of the "toughest courses in the section" along with Lebanon Country Club.

The Pioneers will finish out their Section Two season with an away match at Tanglewood, the home course of Solanco, before Districts in October. As Solanco will have the home course advantage, the match should be a challenge for the Pioneers to stay on top.

--Benjamin Eidemiller, Sports Editor

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