Mia Kness has been in some challenging tournaments throughout her high school career. So, when she found herself tied for first place following 18 holes at the PIAA Western Regional this past Monday at Blairsville's Tom's Run Golf Course, some extra work wasn't a burden.
After shooting a 1-under-par round of 71 in regulation, the Peters Township senior defeated Pine-Richland sophomore Lauren Freyvogel on the second playoff hole to advance as the top West Regional qualifier to the PIAA 3A Individual Championship. The two-day event begins Monday at York's Heritage Hills Resort.
She will be joined at the state final by two other South-area golfers. Canon-McMillan junior Taylor Waller finished in a third-place tie with North Allegheny's Christina Lewis. Each shot 3-over-par rounds of 75.
Uniontown sophomore Danae Rugola advanced to the Western Regional as the No. 5 qualifier from the WPIAL. She, once again, finished fifth in a tie with Penn-Trafford's Amanda Conner at Blairsville. Both shot 4-over-par rounds of 76.