Tuesday, December 25, 2012

ALL-AREA: Methacton's Vance is Golfer of the Year

Photo by John Strickler/photo illustration by Steven Moore Methacton’s Brandon Vance, the 2012 Mercury All-Area Golfer of the Year.
 By Dennis Weller
Special to The Mercury 
FAIRVIEW VILLAGE - Before this year, one bad hole had invariably led to another, and maybe even more after that for Brandon Vance. But that changed during this fall’s high school golf season as the Methacton junior was able to effectively forget about a bogie and go on from there.
That newly-found mental toughness was certainly put to the test during the second round of the District 1 Tournament at Turtle Creek when Vance, who was in the thick of the battle for a spot in Eastern Regionals, shot a triple bogey on the par-four 14th hole. But he bounced back with a birdie on the par-three 15th and went on to become the only area golfer to advance to PIAA-level play.
That came after a fine regular season in which he won the Pioneer Athletic Conference Individual Tournament and shot just over par for the season, all of which makes Vance the clear choice for The Mercury’s Golf Player of the Year.

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