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Paul VI Wins WCAC Golf Title

Panthers top Gonzaga by one stroke at Springfield Golf and Country Club.

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The Paul VI boys’ golf team includes, from left, coach Milt Papke, Alex Kormanec, Brandon Luxenburg, Michael Simmons, Jay Pinkos, Tyler Wingo and Matt Astorino.

Despite the twin tests of a good DeMatha team and variable spring weather, the Paul VI boys’ golf team eked out a one-stroke victory in the 2009 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference golf tournament.

The Panthers enjoyed a nine-stroke lead after the first round on Tuesday, April 28 and watched a heavy rain wash out the second round on May 5. When the conference resumed on Monday for the final round at Springfield Golf and Country Club, Paul VI rode the solid play of medalist Tyler Wingo to the championship.

“It was a good win, but we were outplayed in the second attempt at the second round,” said Paul VI coach Milt Papke, whose team posted an aggregate score of 773. “The cold wind made for a tough day.”

“Two birdies on the back nine saved my second round,” said Wingo, whose two-round total of 2-over-par 144 (68, 76) led all players.

Things turned sour the following day, however, when Paul VI ran into Georgetown Prep at the Washington Private School Championship at International Country Club in Fairfax, finishing third. Jay Pinkos of Paul VI tied for third with a 74.

Paul VI won its fourth straight Virginia State Catholic Golf Championship on May 2 at Kiskiack Golf Club in Williamsburg. It was the 10th such title in team history.