A couple of offseason developments should add a little spice to the upcoming District 10 boys golf season.
Two D-10 players have starred during the summer — Chris Kupniewski and Brett Rinker.
Both players already had sparkling resumes, but both have taken their games to new, lofty levels.
Kupniewski is a senior at Northwest Collegiate Academy and a member of the Strong Vincent golf team. He accomplished an unprecedented feat in Erie Tuesday when he won the EDGA Junior Stroke Play title for his third straight EDGA Junior championship. He not only won, he dominated, shooting a first-round 67 and coasting to a seven-shot victory.
Kupniewski’s run of titles began last August when he rallied from a five-shot deficit to win the EDGA Junior Stroke Play. In June, he dominated on the way to winning the EDGA Junior Match Play title.
Meanwhile, Rinker has been showing his talents on a grander stage. The Slippery Rock senior qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur when he fired a two-round 141 for a five-shot victory at a Sectional June 25 at Somerset Country Club.
This week Rinker competed in the 36-hole stroke play portion of the U.S. Junior Amateur at the Golf Club of New England in Stratham, N.H. Rinker was among 156 players aiming for one of 64 spots in the match-play portion of the event. He shot an opening-round 74 Monday and carded a 38 on the front nine Tuesday. However, he struggled to a 43 on the back nine and tied for 84th with a 155 total.
Both players had superb 2011 high school seasons. Rinker tied for second in the D-10 tournament and was the Region 2 player of the year.
Kupniewski tied for fifth in the D-10 tournament and shared the Region 6 player of the year award with Cathedral Prep’s Cameron Zbrzeznj.
Kupniewski and Rinker will be the favorites to win the District 10 tournament. Although the PIAA split the golf field into two enrollment classifications for the first time this season, both Kupniewski and Rinker will compete in Class AAA.
Both are being considered for the Erie Times-News District 10 Preseason Player of the Year award. Either would be a great choice.
Which one would you pick?