By Matthew Digiacomo
Meadville's Charlie Holt and Zack Ford, this year's Meadville Tribune Boys Golf Athletes of the Year, were the anchors who led the Bulldogs to their first ever District 10 team title. The difference between the two is minuscule. For the season, Ford played two more matches but their stroke averages were less than a half-stroke apart. In Region 3 action, Ford’s average was 78.6, with Holt right behind at 79.2.
Season highlight: The duo got off to a hot start for Meadville. Holt opened the season with a 3-under-par 69, while Ford posted a 74 in his debut. A week later, Holt fired a tournament-best 72 while Ford added an 80 to lead MASH to the Blueberry Hill Invitational title. The roll had just started.
Holt placed second at the Corry invitational with a 71. Two weeks later, Ford took the lead with a 74 at the McDowell Invitational. The pair closed the season by leading the team to the inaugural Bulldog Invitational crown, followed by a solid 76 for Holt and 77 for Ford at the always tough Tam ‘O’ Shanter.
Still, the postseason is where this duo really shined. They combined to shoot 162 during the D-10 team tournament. A week later, they each shot a 75 as Meadville captured its first PIAA West Regional title. They both also performed well at the state tournament, with Ford firing a 79 and Holt carding an 80. There is no reason to believe this duo is not going to get even better next season.
What the coach says: “How can you pick between the two? As a coach, you look at work ethic. Well, they both work as hard as anyone I have ever seen. As people, if I have a kid that grows up like either of them, I would be as happy as can be. And they are both great students. I can’t say enough positive things about them. They are just so nice. It is not a bad future for Meadville golf.” — Fred Garvey, Meadville head boys golf coach.
What we say: Separating these two is nearly impossible. It could not be done by their stroke average, and each took turns coming up big on the big stage. And if their golf ability was not enough, they also play host to intangibles any coach would love to have. The sky is the limit for what the two can accomplish, especially as teammates over the next two years.