Throughout his high school career, Quaker Valley High's Chris Tanabe has seemingly played in the shadow of neighborhood rival Jason Li of Sewickley Academy.
That trend seemed to continue into the senior seasons of both golfers. But in the season's most crucial match -- the 2016 PIAA Class AA championship at York's Heritage Hills Resort -- it was Tanabe who not only got the better of Li, but he also bested the entire field with a two-day total of 146, one stroke ahead of Riverside freshman and WPIAL Class AA champion Skyler Fox, and four strokes ahead of Li, who placed fourth. WPIAL golfers, in fact, swept the first four positions at the state final as Laurel senior and PIAA West Regional champion Evan Long finished third with a 149.
Tanabe had to battle back to win the title after shooting an opening round score of 76, trailing Li by four strokes and Long by two. He was tied with Fox after the first round.
Both Tanabe and Fox played solid golf on the second day, while Long and Li both faded. Tanabe shot even splits of 35 for each of the nine holes for a 1-under-par round. With three years of high school remaining, Fox displayed plenty of skill with an even-par round of 71 for his second-place finish.