ROARING BROOK TWP. – Sahas Chandragiri birdied two of the final six holes Monday to complete a steady round that made the Abington Heights senior the District 2 Class AAA boys golf champion with a 1-over-par, 73 at Elmhurst Country Club.
“The thing that stood out about the round is that nothing stood out,” Chandragiri said. “It was really straightforward – four bogeys, three birdies and the rest pars.
“I really just tried to limit my mistakes and play smart as opposed to playing aggressive.”
Chandragiri and the rest of the top six advanced to Monday’s Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association East Regional at Golden Oaks Golf Club in Fleetwood where state championship berths will be at stake.
“I would love to make it to states and try to compete there, but I’m just kind of enjoying this right now,” Chandragiri said.
Marco Nieto from Scranton Prep also advanced to the East Regional after shooting 75 to finish two behind Chandragiri in a three-way tie for second.
Jack Habeeb and Tom Keegan from Scranton Prep and Troy Kelleher from Abington Heights shot 77 and were all part of a five-way playoff for the last spot that was won by Coughlin’s Colin Krokos with a par and birdie on Elmhurst’s up-hill, par-4, 18th.
Habeeb and Kelleher went out with bogeys on the first playoff hole. Keegan had two pars.
Scranton Prep had two of the three qualifiers from the Class AA girls tournament also held the same day at Elmhurst.
The District 2 Class AA team champion Classics had three of the top four players in the 14-player field.
Lauren Golden finished second, two shots behind champion Brianna Baker from Montrose, with a 92.
Reilly Ruane took the third spot in a one-hole playoff against teammate Alex Fitzsimmons after each shot 95s.
Several other Abington Heights and Scranton Prep players made it through earlier Lackawanna League qualifying to compete at the district tournament.
The top two schools from the Lackawanna Class AAA-1 Division combined for seven of the top 12 spots in the 38-player field.
In addition to the two qualifiers and three playoff losers, Tyler Marchese from Scranton Prep was 11th with a 79 and Luke Fayocavitz from Abington Heights was 12th with an 80.
Abington Heights teammates Sam MacGregor and Matt Mecca were 18th and tied for 19th with an 83 and 84.
Scranton Prep’s Frank Adamo was 21st with an 85 and Sebastian Cimoch was 28th with an 88.
The Classics had five of the 14 Class AA girls qualifiers.
Gabby Hanstein was ninth with a 105 and Emily Goryeb finished 13th with a 113.
In team playoffs, Abington Heights reached the Lackawanna League Class AAA final before falling to eventual District 2 champion Wallenpaupack, 5 ½-3 ½.
Chandragiri was medalist of the league final as well with a 72 at Elmhurst while winning his singles point and joining Matt Mecca for a split in their better-ball match.
Fayocavitz shot 74, won in singles and teamed with MacGregor for a better-ball win.