By Megan Snyder
The Fall Golf Season of the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (WPCC), a confederation of junior colleges, ended with the season finale at Penn National Golf Club near Chambersburg, Pa., on Oct. 9 through 11.
The 36-hole event that was played on the Founders Course and Iron Forge links pitted the Eastern Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference, made up of five junior colleges, against five schools from Western Pennsylvania. CCAC South, CCAC North, Potomac State College (W. Va.) Butler County Community College and Westmoreland County sent 21 golfers to test the skills of 28 golfers from the east.
Lehigh-Carbon swept to a stunning victory over favored Potomac State. The South team, consisting of Shane Bocchi (a graduate of Central Catholic), Jeff Creighton (Baldwin), Terry Lesko (West Mifflin) and Jeff Notaro (Reynoldsville) played well but finished in 10th place with an aggregate two-day total of 500 — an average score of 83.
Terry Lesko, a first-term freshman, was designated All-State for his fifth place finish at 77, 73, 150.
“You know, Terry is capable of even better. Like most of all of our non-scholarship student athletes, Terry juggles school studies and work while still competing at such a high level,” said Bob Kaufmann, South Golf Coach. “If he could really focus on practice and had the advantage afforded scholarship players at an NCAA school, no telling what he might accomplish. His improvement and commitment to his sport could land him in a better situation down the road.”
Lesko, for his part, has said that the golf at the junior college level was what he expected.
“[P]laying golf at the junior college level has been everything I expected and more,” Lesko said. “I never thought I would have so many opportunities to play with such skilled golfers on the amazing courses that we played.
“Additionally, we traveled a lot! The team has been really supportive along with my wonderful coach, Bob Kaufman. They all have motivated me to play at my full potential. Golf at the junior college level has been terrific,” Lesko said.
It’s been a pretty successful year for the young golfer.
“My season as a golfer has been fun,” Lesko said. “I was also able to come away with a few accomplishments, like all-conference (honors), placing fifth in state and for the WPCC, which got all-state honors as well. I enjoyed the fall season with a great team. I can’t wait for the spring because of such high expectations we have as a team and my personal goal to become a national champion.”
South’s season record was 13 wins and 15 losses. The spring campaign starts in late March and could find someone at the Region XX Championships and the NJCAA National Championship in Chautauqua, N.Y. in June.
“Since we lose Bocchi and several others are not expected to return, I hope to recruit two or three others to play and compete at a higher level in the spring,” Kaufmann said. “I can’t understand why former high school golfers don’t take advantage of the opportunity that awaits them here at South. And it’s really a good time.”
For more information on joining the golf team, contact Athletic Secretary Lesya Burner at 412.469.6245 or Lburner@ccac.edu.