BOYS GOLF: Sophomore Gignac ends one stroke from qualifying

BLAIRSVILLE – Andrew Gignac played very well on Wednesday at the PIAA West Region Class AAA Golf Championships at Tom’s Run.

Which makes it all the more difficult to swallow the fact he just missed out on qualifying for the PIAA meet in York.

“He was disappointed,” said Warren coach Dan Passmore.

The sophomore shot an 18-hole 80 in “soaking wet” conditions, finishing one stroke back of a three-way tie for 11th place. The top 12 out of 22 golfers automatically advance to the PIAA meet at Heritage Hills, York, Pa. In a playoff, only one out of the three did not advance.

However, Gignac would have liked the opportunity to be a part of that playoff.

“You always have a couple of strokes you wish you had,” said Passmore. “He played very well. I think he feels like he played very well, and that’s why he’s disappointed.”

It’s been over 10 years since the last time a Warren Dragon advanced to the West Region tournament. Gignac was second at the District 10 Class AAA tournament last week to qualify.

“In the next couple of years, I expect to have many golfers capable of getting past districts and beyond this stage, and Andrew is included,” said Passmore.

Gignac said he has played at Tom’s Run twice to practice for Wednesday’s round.

“It definitely made it harder knowing I was just one stroke off,” said Gignac, adding he only struggled on two holes, Nos. 13 and 14. “I thought I played pretty well, actually. I was excited with how the season went; I made a lot of improvements.”