Swan trio turned to makeshift golf course forward of PIAA match

Swan trio turned to makeshift golf course ahead of PIAA tournament

Mike Copper
| Erie Instances-Information

You’ll be able to most likely spot Mike Swan someplace on the bluff behind the ninth tee field.

Swan has wandered sufficient across the course at York’s Heritage Hills Golf Resort to know that, armed with large enough binoculars, it’s one of the best vantage level to attempt to watch three distantly-scattered gamers directly throughout Monday’s PIAA Class 2A particular person match.

These three gamers are the oldest of the North East resident’s 5 kids.

Mike and Stacy Swan, who launched their oldest youngsters to the game, loved their final two October journeys to the par-71, 6,663-yard course.

Isaiah and Lydia Swan, at the moment a senior and junior, respectively, have been members of the North East boys golf workforce that received the 2018 PIAA Class 2A workforce championship.

Carter Hassenplug additionally competed for that workforce. The senior is the opposite ‘Picker who certified for Monday’s small-school boys area.  

Lydia Swan performed with the Grapepicker boys two years in the past as a result of the college didn’t have a women workforce that season. Nevertheless, the previous Drive, Chip and Putt junior nationwide champion made greater information final fall.

That’s when Swan turned District 10’s first feminine golfer to win a person state title. She’s not solely in competition to repeat on Monday, however presumably medal with youthful sister Anna Swan, a freshman, additionally on the rostrum.

Add in Isaiah Swan’s look in Monday’s 2A particular person boys area, and it’s no marvel different members of the Swan household will likely be anxiously watching.

“My spouse and my brother additionally will likely be there to observe,” he mentioned, “so it would most likely be divide and conquer.”

And conquer is precisely what the trio has in thoughts.

Isaiah, Lydia and Anna Swan not solely anticipate to medal, however medal excessive in the one season they’ll expertise this situation whereas carrying North East golf shirts.

“I do know we’re all fairly excited,” Isaiah Swan mentioned. “I do know that all of us really feel like we now have actually good possibilities to play effectively, and a 1-1-2 (two first-place finishes and a one second-place end) could be very nice.”

Isaiah Swan and his oldest sisters have their dad and mom to thank for the alternatives to not solely study concerning the sport, however already flourish in it past their dad and mom’ best imaginations.

Stacy Swan performed faculty volleyball and Mike Swan, 45, got here of age on basketball courts. He anticipated to play on the faculty stage till a critical knee harm scuttled that dream.

Much less strenuous on his joints, although, was golf.

Mike Swan mentioned his faculty roommates at Rochester (New York) Institute of Expertise ceaselessly hit the hyperlinks. The Ripley, New York, native quickly discovered himself becoming a member of them increasingly.

“I did not play quite a bit in highschool,” Mike Swan mentioned, “however as soon as I bought to play with my roommates I actually loved the problem of golf. It solely took you hitting the ball nice a pair occasions to make you need to come again and check out once more.”

The Swan household lived in Youngstown, Ohio, till 2007. They moved to their present residence in North East when Mike Swan accepted at job at GE Transportation, now Wabtec Company.

The couple selected to residence college their kids. It was a call that left them much more conversant in the household’s 10-acre property off Brickyard Highway.

It additionally brought about Isaiah to brainstorm an thought to get in further follow amid the continued coronavirus pandemic.

North East’s Inexperienced Meadows Golf Course, positioned roughly one mile north from the Swans, and close by Lake View Nation Membership have been closed for weeks this spring due to COVID-19.

Isaiah Swan, in a match of boredom, determined to panorama among the household’s yard right into a makeshift pitch-and-putt course. He used metallic posts from an outdated trampoline for pins and chunks of chopped wooden for tee markers.

Frequent yard gadgets like grills and lounge chairs weren’t in play, however tree branches and the grape vineyards that encompass many of the property’s open house have been.

Course guidelines and etiquette have been much less stringent than what the Swans will cope with Monday, in keeping with Isaiah. 

“We didn’t actually mow the greens,” he mentioned. “The final rule was in case your ball was inside 4 ft (of the pin), you made the putt. A number of greens have been nonetheless in excessive grass, in order that they have been robust. However it all appeared ok for us, given we couldn’t play wherever else.”

It didn’t take lengthy for Isaiah’s oldest sisters to purchase into the advantages of a short lived course.

“At first, I assumed it was extra goofy than helpful,” Lydia Swan mentioned. “It wasn’t something official, nevertheless it actually turned out to be one thing helpful.”

Anna Swan will study if her yard iron and wedge pictures translate to success at Heritage Hills. She’s conversant in the course as a spectator because of Isaiah and Lydia’s previous appearances, however not as a competitor.

“I’m simply making ready myself to go on the market and play golf,” Anna Swan mentioned. “I’ve seen the course fairly a number of occasions, however in fact it’s completely different whenever you’re truly enjoying it. You simply need to hold the nerves down by considering it’s simply one other spherical of golf.”

The Swans, who’re rounded out by youngest siblings, Josiah, 10, and Keziah, 7, left early Saturday so Isaiah, Lydia and Anna might play as many holes as attainable forward of Sunday’s official follow spherical at Heritage Hills.

Their automobile was to be filled with golf equipment and small baggage, together with enthusiasm for a weekend Lydia mentioned will without end be a household reminiscence no matter their match outcomes.

“It’s so cool that each one three of us are going to play,” Lydia mentioned. “I do know we’re going to have enjoyable.”

Contact Mike Copper at mcopper@timesnews.com. Comply with him on Twitter @ETNcopper.


Tee occasions for District 10 golfers within the PIAA match at York’s Heritage Hills Golf Resort. The highest 5 feminine gamers with ties and prime 10 male gamers with ties within the 18-hole match will obtain medals:


Class 2A boys

First tee

8:40 a.m: Carter Hassenplug, senior, North East

9:20: Isaiah Swan, senior, North East

Tenth tee

8:55 a.m: Maxx Rimdzius, junior, Corry

9:05: Trey Chrispen, senior, Mercyhurst Prep

9:15: Jacob Wolak, sophomore, Slippery Rock

9:45: Mike Stoddart, senior, Mercyhurst Prep

Class 2A women

First tee

10 a.m: Lydia Swan, junior, North East

Tenth tee

10:05 a.m: Tara Thomas, senior, Villa Maria

10:15: Anna Swan, freshman, North East


Class 3A boys

First tee

9:20 a.m: Breckin Taylor, sophomore, Cathedral Prep

Class 3A women

First tee

10 a.m: Elizabeth D’Andrea, sophomore, Erie Excessive

10:20: Phoebe Templin, junior, Meadville

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