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GOLF: PIONEER ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
THE DAY OF THE RYAN BROTHERS – JOSH FINISHES FIRST, CALEB SECOND
By Mark Schiele
Norristown Area High sophomore Josh Ryan found himself two shots over par after five holes Monday at the Gilbertsville Golf Club in the Pioneer Athletic Conference Individual Golf Championships.
“I had a rough start,” he said. “But then I went four under par on the next six holes. I hit a 5-iron on the eighth to within 5 feet and birdied it. Then I birdied the ninth hole.
“That just kick-started me. I hit a lot of greens today, and didn’t really three-putt that much. That was great.”
Josh Ryan posted a winning score of one-under 70 to collect the victory over his brother Caleb, who shot an even-par 71 to finish second. Both advanced to the District Championship in two weeks at Turtle Creak Golf Club.
Has winning the PAC title sunken in yet for the sophomore, who has been impressive in many junior golf tournaments?
“Not yet, really,” he said. “But I’m happy I won. It was fun.
“I’ll say, it was a grind. I was playing, hoping something clicked, which it did. I play a lot of tournaments, so I don’t really get nervous.”
Moving on to the next stop, Districts, Josh said he feels confident.
“I was nervous last year,” he said. “The cut was low, really low. And I had to go to a playoff to make Regionals. It was nerve-wracking. But I made it to Regionals and then played in States.”
As for beating his brother by a shot for the PAC title, Josh admitted there is no rivalry. They pull for each other. May the best man win.
“If I don’t win, he should,” Josh said. “If he wins, I want to finish second.”
Caleb feels the same way.
“We go back and forth,” Caleb said. “It’s a healthy competition. I want to beat him because I played better. But mostly, we want to represent the school in a good way. That’s our main goal. I’m happy for him.”
Caleb came to Norristown as a sophomore, when his family moved from the
“Plus, I like the leadership role. We have to represent the team and our school. It’s fun.”
Caleb said his round was pretty straight forward.
“It was a pretty simple round,” he said. “I kept hovering around that even-par mark. Just grinding my way around the course. I was happy with how I played.
“My main goal was to qualify for Districts at Turtle Creak, and I did. I’m happy with that.”
As for his future, after graduation, Caleb is still exploring.
“Playing golf in college is the goal,” he said. “I’m not sure where yet. I’m looking at schools up and down the East Coast. It’s a long process, and it’s just beginning right now.”
So, what did the brothers do after their 1-2 finish at the PAC Championships?
“Went to Wawa, as usual,” Caleb said. “Then headed over to