SOL Golfers Excel on Day One of District One Championship

Ben Reese recaps Monday’s action at the District One Championship. Photos provided courtesy of Larry Small. Check back for a gallery of photos. All SOS photo galleries for GOLF can be viewed by clicking HERE.

By Ben Reese

LIMERICK — Chase Feraco had the type of day on the golf course that most golfers only dream about.

The Central Bucks West senior started his round at the District One Golf Tournament at Turtle Creek Golf Course on the first hole in the shotgun format. It was the beginning of something special.

He parred the first hole, a 375-yard par 4. Then he parred the second and the third and the fourth.

He kept parring holes through the front nine, finishing it at 36, even par. He also added another par on No. 10.

Then he changed things up a bit. He birdied the 11th hole and added another birdie at 14 to go 2-under par.

He stayed that way through the next hole, No. 15, before problems arose. Feraco bogeyed both 16 and 17 but ended his day with a birdie on the 18th.

“I finished 1-under but finished bogey, bogey then birdie,” Feraco said. “I didn’t make my first bogey until 16. I missed a 4-footer on 16 and an 8-foot par putt on 17. I was 2-under going into 16.

“ On 16, my second shot was 110 (yards). I was in between clubs. I chose a club up, swung hard and it wasn’t the right move. I came up just short. I chipped to within four feet. Every putt I missed was on the high side. I just left it up there and burned the edge on a 4-footer that I definitely should have made.”

Feraco finished 1-under par for the day to finish fifth.

“On the front, I had at least three holes that should have been birdies,” Feraco said. “I 3-putt parred the par-5 eighth. I know I can do better on the front.

“Sixteen and 17, every year, have not been my favorites. I think I just need to get some confidence back on those holes. Play safe, get on the green, get a par and leave.”

Noah Moelter had a good day also. The CB South senior got his game going, reaching 2-under at one point before settling back to even par.

Starting on 12 in the shotgun format, he birdied his first hole. He stayed that way until No. 18 which he bogeyed to go back to even par.

But he birdied Nos. 2 and 4 to get to 2-under only to bogey eight and nine to get back to even. He then birdied 10 but bogeyed 11 to finish at even par 72.

On the girls’ side, Plymouth Whitemarsh’s Rhianna Gooneratne played well. She finished in second place in the opening round at Raven’s Claw Golf Club.

Gooneratne shot a 3-under 68 at the par-71 course to lead the Suburban One League girls into the second day. In her round, she bogeyed No. 1, birdied 2 and 3, bogeyed 4 and 12 but had birdies on 5, 7 9 and 17.

North Penn’s Hayley Ekert also had a strong day on the course. She finished in fourth place for the first day with a 1-under 70. She birdied 1, 4, 6 and 16 but bogeyed 9, 13 and 17.

Making the cut to advance into the second round for the girls are Alli Engart of Souderton (tied for 7th at 76), Abby Lynn of CB West (T-10 at 77), CB South’s Emma Reilly (T-12 at 81) and Talia Hoffner of Upper Dublin (T-12 at 81).

Advancing for the boys are Wissahickon’s Joe Carr (T-8, 74), Andrew Zazoff of Council Rock North (T-10, 75), CB West’s Ryan Quinn and Nick Waskey (T-15, 76), Adam Fluehr of Springfield, CB East’s Will Dunsmore, Springfield’s Max May, Nick Riscica of CR North, CB East’s John Hoderny and Evan Rosenstein of Plymouth Whitemarsh (all T-24, 77).

The leader on the boys’ side is Nick Gross of Downingtown West who shot a 6-under 66. Tops for the girls is Stephania Fedun of Owen J. Roberts with a 4-under 67.

The top two boys’ golfers in AA are Malcolm Raupp who had a 3-over 75 and Nate Wiseman who shot an 8-over 80. Both play for New Hope Solebury.

The District One Tournament will continue on Tuesday at Turtle Creek with both boys and girls playing.