Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Back in the Swing Baldwin's Taylor Hoping to Regain Success He Found as a Freshman

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Back in the Swing Baldwin's Taylor Hoping to Regain Success He Found as a Freshman

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Two years ago, Baldwin High School golfer Zack Taylor shocked the WPIAL when he won the 2011 boys Division I individual championship as a freshman with a 1-under 71 at Treesdale Golf and Country Club in Pine.

Any thoughts of a four-year dynasty for Taylor quickly dissipated a year ago at the 2012 Class AAA championship where he finished 20th with a 9-over 79 at Fox Chapel Golf Club and saw his sophomore season come to an end.

But Taylor wasn't demoralized. If anything, his play this summer is quickly approaching the title form he displayed two years ago. The 16-year-old Baldwin Borough resident displayed his prowess July 16 in a Kings Restaurant junior golf tournament at Cedarbrook Golf Club outside of Belle Vernon.

Playing the back nine first on the par-71 Red Course, Taylor had matching nine-hole scores of 34 to win the 15-and-16-year-old grouping with a 3-under 68. His score could have approached the mid- 60s, but he recorded a double bogey on the final hole. His score matched the totals posted by Greensburg's Arnie Cutrell and Ruffsdale's Alex Patricio in the 17-18 grouping.

Taylor said he knew early in his round that he was going to play well.

"All of my wedge [shots] were landing within 10 feet of the pin," said Taylor, who started playing golf when he was 2. "Those shots were pretty consistent throughout the round."

In all, Taylor's round consisted of seven birdies, two bogeys, the double bogey on the final hole and eight pars.

It was Taylor's best effort in the Kings event, which consists of one-day tournaments played several days a week throughout the summer in Western Pennsylvania. It also was his third win of the summer. He shot a 3-over 75 to win a tournament July 11 at Pittsburgh North Golf Club. Three days earlier, he shot a 2-over 74 to win a tournament at the Tam O'Shanter Club in Hermitage.

Taylor thinks this summer is a precursor to what can be expected when he and his Baldwin teammates compete next season.

"My play right now has a lot to do with what I'm doing off the tee," he said. …

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