Brandon Matthews fired a 2-under 70 to win the PIAA East Regional Golf Championship on Monday at the Golden Oaks Country Club in Fleetville.
The Pittston Area senior – and defending PIAA State Champion – recorded two birdies, two bogeys and an eagle on his way to the victory. Matthews finished fifth last year at the East Regional on his way to winning the Patriots first state golf title.
As a junior, Matthews won every major high school title with the exception of the regional crown. This season, Matthews finished fifth in the District 2 event while qualifying for the regional event.
The 2011 PIAA State Championships will be held Monday and Tuesday at the Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York. Last season Matthews shot 67 in the final round of the event to finish with a two-day, low total of 3-under 139.
The only other District 2 golfers to qualify for this year’s state championship were Delaware Valley junior Cody Cox, who shot 5-over 77, and Abington Heights senior Eric Montella who carded a 7-over 79 before capturing the final berth in a playoff.
District 2 champ Ryan Brown of Scranton Prep struggled, carding an 86. Holy Redeemer’s Mariano Medico – Matthews’ top competitor in WVC action this year – shot 85.