2 Trojan golfers place at states

YORK — A pair of Chambersburg golfers got their first taste of the PIAA Championship tournament this week and both ended up finishing near the middle of the pack. But both are juniors, so this year’s experience will be invaluable for next fall.

Karsen Rush posted a score that was five strokes better than his first day 78. Rush fired a 2-over par 73 on Tuesday at Heritage Hills in York to finish 9-over par (151 total) and in a three-way tie for 16th place in the boys Class AAA division, which had 36 golfers.

He carded a pair of birdies, on the par 5 No. 2 and the par 3 No. 12, and had four bogeys, including one on his final hole.

Trojan coach Mark Yost said, “Karsen had a good day today. From what his father said, he struck the ball much better today and was a lot more consistent. It was a solid round.”

In girls Class AAA, Mary Kate Norcross posted the same score she had Monday, a 12-over par 84 to give her a two-day total of 168. That was good enough for a two-way tie for 11th place in a field of 18 players.

Yost said, “The course was set up very tough for the girls, and longer than usual. Mary Kate seemed a little more relaxed today, but it seemed like she made par or double bogey.”

Norcross ended up with three doubles for the round.

The girls’ winner was Lauren Freyvogel of Pine-Richland with a total of 3-over par. Liam Hart of Holy Ghost Prep won the boys tourney with a one-over total.