For a sixth time in the last eight years, the Lackawanna League's Southern Division All-Stars defeated the North at the Simons Cup. This 12th annual event was once again hosted by Woodloch Springs and featured a dozen of the region's top scholastic golfers.
The scholastic golf season officially came to a close Monday afternoon.
Woodloch Springs once again played host to the Simons Cup, an annual event that pits the Lackawanna League’s Northern Division all-stars against the Southern Division.
This year’s edition of the tournament was the 12th in the series, which honors PA’s all-time winningest high school golf coach: Bob Simons of Wallenpaupack Area.
“It’s always a great day,” Coach Simons told TWI Sports, despite the wintry conditions. “It gives me a chance to get to know some of the Southern Division kids a little better and it gives me a chance to say good-bye to the Northern Division kids.”
On this particular day, the South continued its domination of the series with a decisive 7-2 win. Mid Valley’s Scott McAlarney led the Southern Division to its victory. Rich Weinberger of Western Wayne skippered the Northern Division.
“I’m very happy to be here to help honor Bob Simons,” said Coach Weinberger. “He’s a great guy, an excellent coach and he’s been the face of local golf for many years.”
With the win, the South extended its lead in the event to a margin of 6-2. The format for the first four years of the Simons Cup was different, pitting the Lackawanna League all-stars against the Wyoming Valley Conference all-stars.
On the Course
Chris Schank and Brandon Kearney led the Southern Division to its victory at the 12th Annual Simons Cup.
Schank, a senior at Scranton Prep, negotiated Woodloch’s treacherous layout with calm and precision. Chris dropped in two birdie putts en route to a round of 38. That score was good enough for a 4&3 victory over Wayne County’s own Wade Malicky.
A senior at Forest City, Wade posted a perfect 12-0 record this fall in Lackawanna League action. His future plans include studying golf management at Penn State.
“The conditions were pretty good and the course is beautiful,” Malicky said. “I definitely could have played better, but it was alot of fun. It’s hard to believe that my high school golf career is over.”
Kearney is a senior at Holy Cross. He also carded a 38 on his way to a 2&1 victory over Lackawanna Trail’s Colin McAndrew (43).
Tyler Ferratti and Jonathan O’Hora paced the North with a win apiece in match-play.
Ferratti closed out his fourth year of varsity golf at Paupack with a solid round of 39. Tyler battled Abington’s Joe Karam (40) to the final green before knocking down a par putt for a 1-up decision.
“I haven’t played in two weeks, so I was a little bit rusty,” Ferratti said. “I broke 40, so that made me happy. It’s nice to be out here playing for Coach Simons one more time.”
O’Hora took on Dunmore’s Jack Kelly and went to-to-toe through nine exciting holes. In the end, Jonathan sealed the deal on a 2&1 victory with a round of 42. Kelly posted a final score of 44.
“I had a great time today,” said O’Hora, who’s headed to Bucknell as an engineering student. “I think I played better than my score indicates, but I had a couple of doubles and those definitely hurt.”
Honesdale’s Andrew Cliff and John Roche of Mid Valley also dueled it out to the bitter end. Sadly for Hornet fans, Cliff’s potential match winning putt on #9 lipped out. Andrew settled for a solid round of 40, but lost to his Spartan opponent (39).
“I really had a good time out there,” Cliff said. “It’s kind of like a last hurrah for scholastic golf, so I tried to enjoy it as much as I could. Win, lose or draw, we’re all happy to be out here for Coach Simons.”
Corey Capone of Paupack also found himself in a tight match. Capone and West Scranton’s Mike Genello traded shots back & forth right to the final green. There, Genello knocked down the winning putt for a 1-up win.
Corey struggled to a round of 46, but was still pleased with the outcome.
“I’ve been in the weight room and swinging a baseball bat for the last two weeks,” he said with a laugh. “That doesn’t do your golf swing much good. But, I think we all had a great time out here today.”