Girls Golf: Seton-LaSalle's Walz will be a force in 2014

Written by Joe Koch on .

The comeback that has defined the career of Seton-LaSalle High standout golfer Joey Walz continued in fine form at this year's PIAA Class AA Girls Individual Golf Championship at York's Heritage Hills Resort.

After an illness knocked her out of contention a year ago following a fine freshman season that saw her earn all-state honors at the 2011 PIAA Division I girls golf championships, Walz has her sights set on plenty of accolades earned in this, her junior season.

Walz capped a fine season with a second-place finish this week at the state final with a 16-over-par total of 160 over the two-day, 36-hole tournament. Only Central Valley senior standout Macky Fouse was better than Walz, which pretty much has been the case since the two section rivals began playing against each other two years ago. Fouse, a Seton Hall recruit, won the state title with an 8-over-par total of 152. Now that Fouse has finished her high school career, the door is open for Walz to assert herself in her final season in 2014.

She'll have plenty of competition, however. Another Central Valley standout, sophomore Maddy McDanel finished one stroke behind Walz at the state finale, and she was back on the course Wednesday helping her Central Valley teammates win its second consecutive PIAA Class AA team championship.

Walz, however, has plenty of motivation to guide her into her senior season. A second-place finish at the state championship is a big step in that process.