As the six members of the varsity boys’ golf team who were slated to play in the Keystone Cup on Sunday, October 27 prepared to depart campus, a golf match seemed like the least likely destination for the group. A slow-moving weather system dumped nearly two inches of rain on the region and rain was still falling steadily on Sunday morning as the group loaded into a van bound for Hershey Country Club.
The rain ceased just minutes before the first groups were scheduled to go off, and the afternoon turned into an Indian Summer day, making for a perfect day on the links.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Keystone Cup trophy will be displayed in The Hill’s Sweeney Gym. Led by co-captains Echo Wu ’20 and Bill Gussler ’21, Hill captured the tri-match with Kiski School and Mercersburg Academy with a score of 417. Just eight strokes separated the three teams, making this the closest competition in the event’s five-year history.
Wu led Hill with a four-over 76, finishing two shots behind medalist Luke Thompson of Mercersburg. He was followed by Gussler, who finished third overall with a 78. Rounding out Hill’s scoring was Lucas Steinmetz ’23 at 81, Nicholas Lu ’21 at 91, and Stuart Sopko ’20 at 91. Will Lesko ’22 also competed for Hill and shot a 98; each team’s top-five scores constituted the overall team score.
The next day, ideal conditions greeted the team and competitors from eight other Pennsylvania private schools as they took to Brookside Country Club for the 2019 PAISAA Championship Tournament. Four players represented each team, with the three lowest scores for each team counting toward the team score.
In the tightest competition in event history, just six shots separated team champion Episcopal Academy (235) and fifth place Mercersburg Academy (240). Hill finished in third with a team score of 237; Malvern Prep were runners-up at 236, and Haverford School finished with a score of 238.
Gussler concluded the season with arguably his best performance of the fall, earning medalist honors with an even-par 72. Wu had another steady day in shooting a 78, and Thomas Beaudoin ’22 rounded out the scoring for Hill with an 87. Lesko was Hill’s fourth competitor and shot a 92. Three Hill players, Steinmetz, Sam Mitchell ’22, and Nick Rafetto ’22, entered the tournament as individual players and carded rounds of 80, 80, and 89, respectively.
Overall, Hill finished the fall season with a 6-3 record.