September 20, 2018
By: Tom Meikrantz
The Emmaus golf team just completed an undefeated regular season and captured the EPC title. Now the question is: can they complete the sweep and win the conference tournament scheduled for September 25th, at the tough Woodstone Country Club layout? The Green Hornets essentially clinched the regular season championship with a hard-fought 407-414 win over Northampton September 13th in the next-to-last match against Northampton at Woodstone, the Konkrete Kids home course. They were the only undefeated teams left at the time (both 13-0). Emmaus then made it official Wednesday taking a 414-434 decision over 13-1 Parkland to finish 15-0.
Several years ago, Emmaus ruled the roost. The most dominant year was 2015 when the Green Hornets swept both league and District Class AAA team titles and swept the boys and girls individual crowns. This year, they are led by Michelle Cox, only a sophomore, who shot a 73 in the Northampton match and followed that up with a 76 against Parkland. Those were easily the low rounds in both matches. I covered the match at Woodstone and was impressed by her length and course management smarts. Yes, she played on a forward tee but driving the ball just 50 yards short of the par 4 18th hole then pitching within inches of the hole for the tap-in birdie was the exclamation mark on her 73 score. Teammate Aiden Leblanc was next at 79. That wasn’t her best varsity round of the season. Cox shot a 69 at Allentown in an early tri-match.
The freshman Cox won last year’s EPC girls tournament title at Woodstone but was 3rd at Districts. She was disappointed with her 82 winning score in leagues. That 73 should serve notice that she’s ready for a better post-season and a trip to states.