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Matthews back in form, Patriots roll over WA

Defending PIAA State Champ shoots 33 in win over Warriors

Wyoming Area’s Courtney Melvin watches her drive as she warms up against Pittston Area on Friday afternoon.

Photo by BILL TARUTIS

Pittston Area’s Matt Carroll watches his drive as he warms up against Wyoming Area at Fox Hill Country Club in Exeter Friday afternoon. Carroll shot 39 to help the Patriots win.

photos by BILL TARUTIS

Pittston Area’s Ryan Tracy watches his chip shot onto the first green.

Wyoming Area’s Zack Mulhern watches his chip shot against Pittston Area.

…Since opening the season with his first 40 since his sophomore season, defending PIAA State Champion Brandon Matthews has been on a mission. For opposing Wyoming Valley Conference golfers, it’s going to be Mission Impossible to beat the Pittston Area senior.

Matthews shot 2-under 33 to lead the Patriots to a 147-169 victory over Cross-River rival Wyoming Area on Friday afternoon at the Fox Hill Country Club in Exeter. It was his second consecutive under-par round on his home course, and third under-40 round since opening WVC play. Matthews as averaged a 35 in those three rounds.

But Pittston Area is not just the state champ. The Patriots feature four other golfers all capable of shooting in the 30s, and all four joined Matthews on Friday in doing just that.

Ryan Tracy followed Matthews with a 1-over 36 on the Par-35 Front 9 at Fox Hill, and Matt Carroll, Chris Lynch and Calvin O’Boyle all carded 39s for the Patriots. The foursome has posted eight under-40 rounds in Pittston Area’s four victories to start the season.

PA 140, Hanover 186

Pittston Area played par golf – not an easy task at its home course, Fox Hill Country Club – in a 140-186 victory over Hanover Area in a WVC Crossover on Thursday afternoon in Exeter.

Brandon Matthews set the pace with a 1-under 34 – his best round of the season for the Patriots.

Ryan Tracy and Matt Carroll both carded even-par 35 for Pittston Area, and Chris Lynch checked in with a 36.

WA 158, GAR 218

Wyoming Area picked up its first win of the season in a 158-218 victory over GAR in a WVC Crossover on Wednesday afternoon at Fox Hill Country Club.

Nick Rydzewski and Zack Mulhern each shot 3-over 35 to lead the Warriors.

Courtney Melvin shot her best round of the season, a 39, and Connor Mangan added a 43 for Wyoming Area.

OF 3, Dunmore 6

Corey Palma and Adam Barsigian each won individual points in Old Forge’s 6-3 loss to Dunmore in a Lackawanna League Southern Division match on Wednesday afternoon at Summit Hills Golf Course in Clarks Summit.

Palma won 5 and 3 over Mike Weber, and Barsigian won 1-up over John Keating.

Palma also teamed with Jordan Ohler to win a better-ball point, 3 and 2 over Tom Occhipinti and Weber.

OF 0.5, North Pocono 8.5

Old Forge struggled at home in an 8.5-0.5 loss to North Pocono on Thursday afternoon at Summit Hills Golf Course in Clarks Summit.

Jordan Ohler recorded the only half-point for the Blue Devils, splitting his match with Kevin Nardella.

Scoring average

1. B. Matthews, PA…36.2

2. R. Tracy, PA…38.2

3. C. Lynch, PA…38.3

4. M. Carroll, PA…39.0

5. N. Rydzewski, WA …39.5

6. Z. Mulhern, WA…41.0

Records

1. C. Palma, OF…3-1

2. A. Barsigian…1-1-2

Standings

WVC East

Pittston Area…4-0

Tunkhannock…2-1

Coughlin…2-2

Wyoming Area…1-3

LL South

Holy Cross…4-0

Abington Heights…4-0

North Pocono…4-0

Prep…3-0

Dunmore…2-1

Scranton…1-2-1

Old Forge…1-2-1

Valley View…1-3

West…0-4

Riverside…0-4

Mid Valley…0-3

Del Valley…0-1

This week’s schedule

Tuesday

PA at Meyers

OF at Abington Heights

Wednesday

PA at GAR

Thursday

WA at Hanover

OF v. West Scranton

Friday

PA v. Coughlin

WA at Tunkhannock

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