Miksich Qualifies for States

Tyrone’s Alhert and Williamsburg Royer also placed for the boys

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Braeton Miles

Cassidy Miksich

Tyrone senior Cassidy Miksich will make her third consecutive trip to the State Golf Championship after finishing second at districts last week at Ebensburg Country Club.

Miksich, the three-time returning district champion, was unseeded by freshman Maddie Koshko from St. Joseph’s Academy in State College, who shot a 73, eight strokes better than Miksich’s second-place 81.

It’s sad losing my senior year, but I lost to a really good competitor. I didn’t play great, but I could have played my best and still lost. She deserves it and I have so much respect for her”

— Senior Cassidy Miksich

“It’s sad losing my senior year, but I lost to a really good competitor. I didn’t play great, but I could have played my best and still lost. She deserves it and I have so much respect for her,” said Miksich.

Miksich started off the first three holes with pars. After a few bogeys, Miksich made an eagle on a short par 5.

But even the eagle was not enough to keep pace with the talented Koshko, who bested the field easily and will be a force on the girl’s side for four years.

On the boy’s side, Williamsburg junior R.J. Royer and Tyrone senior Cyrus Ahlert finished 15th and 20th respectively at Scotch Valley Country Club.

Unfortunately, neither qualified for the next round of the state championship tournament.

Royer started off hot with 1-under after three holes, but the tough course conditions and extreme cold soon caught up to him on the fourth hole, which he 7-putted and took a 10 on the hole.

Royer went on to card his worst score of the season with 88 and did not qualify for the regional tournament.

Williamsburg junior R.J. Royer
Williamsburg junior R.J. Royer (Braeton Miles)

Ahlert struggled with the water on hole 6 after putting an iron shot into the water. After Ahlert took a drop, he put another one in that led him to an eight on the hole. Ahlert went on to finish the match with a 91.

“The course was in great shape, but weather-wise, it did not play in our favor. Some people were able to work through the wind, and for others it caused them to not move on,” said Ahlert.

“Today was not a great day for the boys,” said Tyrone Head Coach Mike Funicelli, “Coach Miksich and I had really high expectations for RJ and Cyrus, but unfortunately, our preparation and performance were not up to the standard that Tyrone Golf has set in the past.”

Micksich will play at the Girls Individual State tournament on Monday, October 17, and Tuesday, October 18, at Penn State University in State College.