Sayre's Murrelle, Wellsboro's Barnett compete at PIAA Golf Championships.

By: The Review | Towanda Daily Review | October 24, 2017

 

YORK — It wasn't the best day for either local golfer at the PIAA, Class AA Championships Monday.

Sayre's Ryan Murrelle (13-over) was tied for 26th while Wellsboro's Ben Barnett (17-over) was tied for 33rd.

"It's not where I want to be on the leaderboard, but I'm just glad to be here," Murrelle said. "I faced a very tough course for every shot. The greens — tough, the rough-thick. It was tough, like how it should be for a state tournament — you have to deal with it."

Murrelle has come up short of states the past three years so just being at Heritage Hills is ending his career on a high note.

"There's a lot of really good players here," remarked Murrelle. "Seeing shots like I did all day, it was awesome. There's so much good talent out there and it's a blast."

He shot an 84 with five pars on the front, but bogeys on one, six and nine and a double-bogey on the third hole for a 41.

On the back, a quadruple bogey on 18 hurt a solid round of five pars, two bogeys and one double bogey.

"The pin locations were not easy by any means today, especially with the crosswinds and the wind in your face all day" said Murrelle. "It made it tough. I'm excited to see what they have for us (today)."

Murrelle is at least eight shots back of the medals going into the second round today, so he plans on enjoying his time at the state golf course.

"Go out there and have fun," he said. "I have no chance — I'm just glad to be here so I'm going to play smart, but I'm going to have fun with it."

This has been a great experience for him in his final high school season.

"It's been a great year," said Murrelle. "All four years have been great and I'm glad to make it here. It's been a good goal since I was a junior high kid, so now to finally make it is great."

Barnett, a junior, finished with an 88 on the day, scoring just five pars on the round.

He, too, had a quadruple-bogey — his was on six — with 11 bogeys and one double bogey.

The final round will be today at Heritage Hills.