Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Butler's Decola Ends Great Run

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Butler's Decola Ends Great Run

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Less than a week after her remarkable high school golf career ended with a tied-for-fourth-place finish at the PIAA championships, Butler Area's Marissa DeCola took some time to reflect on her four seasons on the course representing the Golden Tornado.

"It was full of some great things," said DeCola, "and some not- so-great things.

"But I loved every minute of it. I'm sad to see it go."

DeCola is a likable young lady, but it's safe to say the rest of the WPIAL's girls golfers don't share in that sentiment -- at least not when speaking about on-the-course presence. They aren't sad to see her go, because the vast majority of them spent the past four years shooting higher scores than her on a regular basis.

DeCola will leave high school as the reigning WPIAL champion, a three-time top-three WPIAL place-winner and three-time top-10 PIAA championships finisher. DeCola placed among the top 10 of the WPIAL and top 20 of the PIAA all four of her seasons.

She tied as the top WPIAL finisher at the PIAA championships this season, shooting 14-over-par 158 over the two-round event Oct. 24- 25 at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York.

DeCola also led Butler to a share of the Division I Section I title, the Golden Tornado tying North Allegheny.

"It was a good last season of my high school career," DeCola said. "I enjoyed it."

At the PIAA championships, DeCola finished behind only Erica Herr of Council Rock North, who shot 150, and freshmen Jackie Rogowicz of Pennsbury (155) and Isabella Dilisio of Mount St. Joseph (156).

DeCola's 158 tied her with Karlie Zabrosky of Erie McDowell and Katerina Luttner of Fox Chapel Area.

Luttner is a longtime friendly rival of DeCola. Last season, DeCola took third place at the WPIAL championships -- behind only Luttner and her sister, Nadia. Two years ago at the WPIAL championships, DeCola was second by a shot to Nadia Luttner. …

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