Golf players advance to districts

The success of three golf players at the league match has resulted in them getting the opportunity to compete at the district golf tournament Friday.

Juniors Emma Dissinger and Nolan Hoover and sophomore Brock Smith qualified for the district golf tournament, which begins Friday at Briarwood West Golf Course in York.

“I feel really good going into Districts,” said Hoover. “My golf game is at a very good spot right now and I have a lot of friends and family support, which is also a big part going into Districts.”

Although Hoover qualified all three years for Districts, he is hoping to make it further into the tournament this year.

“I want to make it to the second day of districts this year,” said Hoover. “I have made it to districts all three years but I haven’t qualified for the second day yet so that was my goal for this year.”

Dissinger and Smith will be competing at Districts for the first time as both missed the cut by one stroke last year.

“Going to Districts was one of my personal goals this season, so being able to qualify is exciting,” said Dissinger. “I’ve been playing pretty well over the last couple of weeks, so I’m hoping to continue that on Friday.”

Their coach, Rick Dissinger, plays a big part in the three players’ postseason success. He focuses on the mentality of his golfers and offering support throughout the tournament.

“Coach Dissinger has helped me mentally,” said Hoover. “He is always there for advice on and off the golf course.”

It is rare to have three golfers representing the school at Districts.

“Going into the season, you always want to qualify as many people as possible for Districts so I think having three qualify this year was more than I expected and a great accomplishment,” said Dissinger.

To qualify for Districts, girls needed a score of 104 or lower at the league match Sept. 26 at Conestoga Country Club. Dissinger shot a 97. Boys needed to be in the top 20 finishers, which this year meant a score of 87 or lower. Hoover and Smith both shot respective scores of 84 and 86.

“I’m not really sure what to expect,” said Smith. “There is going to be some good competition so I just want to go and compete and mostly have fun. I’m excited for districts and I’m proud to be supporting my school while I’m there.”

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