In recent years, the District 2 Golf Championships have been good for the Pittston Area and Wyoming Area teams.
Last week, the individual tournaments held at Elmhurst Country Club were anything but favorable to the Patriot and Warrior golfers.
Defending District 2 Class 2A girls champion Madeline Wharton from Wyoming Area fell shy of repeating as champion. Not only was she short of that goal, but the senior who lost in a playoff at last year’s PIAA East Regional Tournament for the final spot to reach the state championships, carded 96 on Monday at Elmhurst to finish one stroke away from reaching the playoff for the last berth to regionals. She was dethroned as district gold medalist by Montrose’s Brianna Baker, who shot 90 for the title.
Wharton’s three Warrior teammates, who participated in the boys Class 3A tournament, also at Elmhurst, also came up short of reaching regionals.
Anthony Shaver and Ryan Wrubel each fired 86, while Nik Athmann shot 100. The final qualifying spot to advance to regionals went to Coughlin’s Collin Krokos, who outlasted four other golfers in a playoff for that berth after shooting 77.
Pittston Area golfers have had plenty of success recently at districts from the days of Brandon Matthews, who graduated in 2011 to Tyler McGarry, who won the district gold last season.
But it wasn’t meant to be this time around for the Patriots’ Allie Craig in the girls Class 3A tourney. Craig finished in fourth place, but only three golfers moved on to the regional tournament. Craig’s score of 95 was seven strokes behind Dallas’ Alexis Wyandt, who was the third qualifier.