Dallas resident Chase Makowski recovered from a rough start at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Team Golf Championships Oct. 23 to lead Holy Redeemer to the Class AA boys championship.
Makowski shot a team-best 77 then parred the only hole of a playoff that helped the Royals break a tie and defeat Wyomissing at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York.
Holy Redeemer and Wyomissing wound up in the exact same position as a year ago after 18 holes – tied for the best four-man team score among six state finalists and in need of a sudden-death playoff to break the tie.
After losing out on the state title in that scenario last year, the Royals won this time, 18-24.
Two-time individual state medalist Mariano Medico shot 79 and joined Makowski in producing the only pars out of eight players in the playoff.
The top three Holy Redeemer scores all came from Dallas residents.
Medico is from Shavertown. Mike Boland, who added an 84 and a bogey on the playoff hole, is from Dallas.
Starting from the 14th hole in a shot-gun start, Makowski was 4-over after four holes, but lost just one more stroke to par the rest of the way.
“I can’t even put into words how happy I am right now,” Makowski, who along with Medico has committed to Division I Monmouth University for golf next season, told the Times Leader. “ … I just reached down and said I have to pull through for the team.”
The state title was the first for Holy Redeemer in any sport.
With Medico and Makowski leading the way, Holy Redeemer won the last two District 2 Class AA team championships and went unbeaten through the last four seasons of Wyoming Valley Conference play to capture Division 3 titles each year.
Holy Redeemer and Wyomissing each shot 327 for 18 holes to finish six shots ahead of Sewickley Academy. Allentown Central Catholic was fourth with 349, followed by Titusville with 357 and Conemaugh Township with 359.