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Falcon golfers should be strong again

Posted 8/28/12

By Jim Lewis Press And Journal Staff  Buoyed by three golfers who qualified for the District 3 championships last season, Lower Dauphin could surprise top teams Hershey and Central Dauphin in the Mid-Penn Conference Keystone Division, predicts …

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Falcon golfers should be strong again

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By Jim Lewis
Press And Journal Staff


 Buoyed by three golfers who qualified for the District 3 championships last season, Lower Dauphin could surprise top teams Hershey and Central Dauphin in the Mid-Penn Conference Keystone Division, predicts Coach Terry Basehore.

“I think we’ll be competitive for the division championship,’’ said Baseshore. “We got, really, a strong team and some real good kids.’’

Indeed, the Falcons already have finished a close third in a golf match at State College with its six division rivals, battling Central Dauphin to a tie but losing the tie-breaker – the Rams’ sixth golfer had a better score than LD’s sixth golfer. Hershey won.

ldgolfteam webLower Dauphin, which finished second in the conference’s Commonwealth Division last year, returns three golfers who qualified for the district championships.

The Falcons are led by senior Drew Patterson, their top player and co-captain, who “we expect great things out of’’ this season, said Basehore.

 Co-captain Chad Stine, another district qualifier last year, is a junior and the Falcons’ No. 2 player, said Baseshore.

Also returning is Tyler Maiman, who qualified for the district championships as a freshman last season.

Other golfers on the team are strong, including senior Ben Sails, who will “be a contributor as well’’ this season, predicted Baseshore.

The two others who will make up the Falcons’ six-man squad are sophomore Cole Backenstose and junior Jon Ringenbach. The PIAA changed the rules this season: six players to a team, down from seven.

“I think we’ll surprise some people,’’ said Baseshore.