September 12, 2019
By: Tom Meikrantz
The Emmaus golf team not only survived what loomed as it’s biggest test of the regular season but beat Nazareth handily September 10th to all but assure the EPC regular season title for the 2nd straight year. Granted the match which the Green Hornets won 378-416 happened on their home course Brookside Country Club. Both teams play on challenging courses with the Blue Eagles calling Woodstone Country Club home and most likely the score would’ve been closer had it been played there but Emmaus has an ace in the hole and it’s junior Michelle Cox who led the field with a one-under 70. After 13 holes, Cox was 4-under and admitted afterward she left some strokes out there down the stretch. She was runner-up at Districts last year to Stroudsburg’s Olivia Paltrow (78-82), tied for 5th at the East Regional and placed 13th at states. Cox is long off the tees, hits fairways and has a solid short game which means there’s no weakness in her golf game. Earlier this season, her personal best 66 in a quad-meet at Allentown Municipal helped the Green Hornets break the school record for team score with a 360 (previous mark 365).
Emmaus also has the depth to consistently have at least three or four golfers break 80 in matches which is a big reason they improved to 11-0 with the win over Nazareth. The Blue Eagles were 12-0 before falling to Emmaus. Sophomore Matt Zerfass shot a 72 against Nazareth and proved to be a strong finisher with birdies on three of the 5 final holes. Aiden Leblanc and John Keba also broke 80 with 78’s and tennis phenom Sean Jaeger rounded out the top five with an 83.
Emmaus is a good bet to run the table and finish 14-0 in the regular season with Southern Lehigh, Parkland and Becahi the only teams left to spoil that clean sheet as of September 12th. Last year the Green Hornets won their 4th EPC regular season title in 5 years but lost the EPC tournament to Northampton in a tie-breaker. They came back a week later to beat Northampton 315-323 for their first District championship since 2015. My money is on an Emmaus sweep this time around. The EPC tourney is September 23rd at Olde Homestead with Districts October 7th at the Steel Club.