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By Bob Oliver

Middletown Country Club

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Herr + Herr = 2 District Crowns

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The Road to a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state championship is a difficult one to traverse. Nothing is easy, the competition is intense, and the pressure builds along the way.


It is truly a case of fairways and greens, a shot at a time. Get to high, and BOOM, you're bitten by a bogey monster or a red-hot competitor. Get too low and you don't realize that others may be in the same boat. It truly is one step at a time.


Still, having said that, there are some rest stops along the way that have a cornucopia of wonderful diversions to observe. Step one, the regular season builds the winning memory. Step two comes the first real test - the PIAA District One Championship. Fail that one, and there is no tomorrow. 


Two area players and one team dominated the 2011 districts, familiar names all. Council Rock North junior Zachary Herr captured the boy's championship for the second consecutive year, while his sister, sophomore Erica Herr, claimed the girl's championship. The district team champions are Holy Ghost Prep.


Zachary Herr posted rounds of 69 and 73 at Turtle Creek for a 2-under-par 142 total and one stroke victory of Holy Ghost's Chris Crawford (71-72). Central Bucks T.J. Summers finished 5th after a 72-76-148 showing, while Holy Ghost's Hank Kovalcik (73-77-150) and Chris Szal (74-76---150) and CB East's Stewart Rickenbach (73-77---150) were right behind.


Erica Herr opened with a 68, added a 75 for a 143 total and easy win over Lower Merion's Alex Liu (74-76---150). Pennsbury's Jackie Rogowicz (74-79-153) and CB East's Ashley Cassidy (86-77---163) followed.


The Holy Ghost squad totaled 299 and easily advanced to the Eastern Regionals, slated for next week at Golden Oaks in Fleetwood.


Districts are just the first in a series of steps to the ultimate objective: The PIAA State Championship.


GOLF NOTES: Council Rock North will not defend its PIAA State Team Championship from a year ago, finishing fifth in the districts...Crawford played in the 2011 U.S. Amateur....Rogowicz claimed the recent Suburban One League Girl's championship, with Erica Herr second. Zach Herr claimed the SOL Boy's championship.