It’s early in the golf season, but already District 10 is showing a competitive balance that hasn’t always existed in recent years.
For example, thanks to Dave Rinderle’s 36, McDowell won the Region 6 mega-match Tuesday. That result came just four days after the Trojans finished fourth in the opening Region 6 mega-match. Quite a turnaround.
Cathedral Prep continues to be strong after placing first and second respectively in the first two mega-matches. However, the big surprise this year is that several other teams appear to be competitive in the Region 6 team standings.
Mercyhurst Prep and Strong Vincent tied for second in the opening match, with ‘Hurst winning the tiebreaker. On Tuesday, Vincent, led by Chris Kupniewski, placed third again, just one stroke behind Prep. In the past, Prep and McDowell had been the clear top tier in the region. Now, it’s not so clear.
Harbor Creek also is showing signs that it can’t be ignored. The Huskies placed fourth Tuesday, but they finished just two strokes behind second-place Prep.
Prep is still the favorite, but the gap has closed.
Region 5 is also looking competitive. After preseason favorite Fort LeBoeuf won the first mega-match, Jimmy Lasher and General McLane won the second match. Don’t overlook the Lancers and their former D-10 champion.
In a side note, the same parity is showing in girls Region 2, where McDowell has dominated in recent seasons. Led by Ari Capotis, Mercyhurst Prep beat the Trojans by four strokes in the first Region 2 match Monday. Villa Maria finished third, just three strokes behind McDowell. This could get interesting.