WPIAL GOLF: Bulger Wins Third Straight Girls 2A Title; Malosh Tops 3A
Eva Bulger, a junior from Quaker Valley, posted an even-par 72 to win her third consecutive Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) 2A Girls’ Golf Individual Final on Thursday.
Held at the par-72 Hannastown Golf Club, nine of the 18 competitors qualified for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) 2A Individual Championships held on Oct. 18 at Heritage Hills Golf Resort.
Bulger recorded three birdies and nine pars, and finished her round with an eagle on the par-five 18th hole to outpace the field by four strokes. She won her previous titles by two strokes in 2020 with a four-over 77, and by a single tally in 2019 with a 10-over 82.
Greensburg Central Catholic’s Meghan Zambruno claimed second place with a four-over 76. She collected four birdies and eight pars, scoring three of her birdies on the back nine. Geibel Catholic’s Claire Konieczny fired an 82 (+10) to earn the bronze medal.
Zambruno was one of four Greensburg Central Catholic golfers to qualify for the PIAA 2A Individual Championships, joining teammates Izzy Aigner, Olivia Kana, and Ella Zambruno. Central Valley duo Kennady Norton and Mya Mrkonja, and Avonworth’s Ciara Anderson also finished inside the top nine.
The following golfers qualified for the PIAA 2A Individual Championships:
Eva Bulger (11), Quaker Valley
Meghan Zambruno (12), Greensburg Central Catholic
Claire Konieczny (11), Geibel Catholic
Izzy Aigner (10), Greensburg Central Catholic
Kennady Norton (11), Central Valley
Ciara Anderson (11), Avonworth
Mya Mrkonja (11), Central Valley
Olivia Kana (12), Greensburg Central Catholic
Ella Zambruno (12), Greensburg Central Catholic
Marissa Malosh, a junior from South Fayette, recorded an even-par 72 to collect gold at the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) 3A Girls’ Golf Individual Final on Thursday.
Hosted by Hannastown Golf Club in Greensburg, seven of the 36 competitors punched their tickets to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) 3A Individual Championships held on Oct. 19 at Heritage Hills Golf Resort.
Malosh posted three birdies and 12 pars, closing strong with two pars and a pair of birdies on 17 and 18. She topped the field by two strokes after finishing tied for 11th in 2020 as a sophomore and 12th in 2019 as a freshman, and is the first winner of the WPIAL 3A Individual Final to finish at or below par since North Allegheny’s Caroline Wrigley in 2018.
There was a tie for second place between North Allegheny junior Katie Rose Rankin and Fox Chapel senior Nina Busch. Both golfers finished with a pair of birdies on 17 and 18, with Rankin netting four in total to go along with 10 pars. Busch collected 12 pars to pair with two birdies.
Uniontown’s Adena Rugola and South Fayette’s Caroline McConnell tied for fourth place with scores of 75 (+3), and Peters Township’s Allison Poon and Mt. Lebanon’s Lindsey Powanda claimed the final two PIAA 3A Individual Championship spots by both carding a 76 (+4). Powanda entered as the reigning champion and will competing in her third state tournament, while McConnell finished runner-up in 2020 and will also make a third PIAA appearance.
The following golfers qualified for the PIAA 3A Individual Championships:
Marissa Malosh (11), South Fayette
Katie Rose Rankin (11), North Allegheny
Nina Busch (12), Fox Chapel
Adena Rugola (12), Uniontown
Caroline McConnell (12), South Fayette
Allison Poon (12), Peters Township
Lindsey Powanda (12), Mt. Lebanon
Ethan Woy of the WPIAL contributed this report.