Sipe Claims Regional Championship

Elk Lake’s Chloe Sipe prepares for a drive at the PIAA Eastern Regional Championships Monday. Sipe shot a 79 to become the first Regional Golf Champion in school history and qualified for the PIAA State Golf Championships October 21 and 22. Photo courtesy of Rachel Sipe

A year ago, Chloe Sipe fell a couple strokes short of qualifying for the PIAA Girls’ Golf Championships. This year she made sure she’d see another round.

Sipe shot a 79 to finish in a tie with fellow Sophomore Paige Richter of Camp Hill for the top score and claim the title at the PIAA East Regional Class 2A Championship held at Golden Oaks Golf Club in Fleetwood.

“I’m on cloud nine,” exclaimed Sipe. “My Mom brought my teammates and some family friends down and they were giggling as I finished so I knew I did well, but when I saw the scoreboard, I mean I couldn’t explain how happy I was.”

After finishing third at District II championships two weeks ago and missing out on a couple other championships during the season Sipe was determined to accomplish her goal of qualifying for the state championships.

“I just said to myself today’s the day I need to play well, it’s that or go home,” said Sipe.

After struggling on her first hole Sipe found her groove. Getting good drives off the tees and executing on her putts.

“I felt really confident with my game and felt comfortable on the greens,” said Sipe. “Most of the day I ended up with birdie putts or putts for par.”

Elk Lake Coach Ryan Kipar attributed Sipe’s success at this year’s regional to learning from last years’ experience.

“When we left last year, we knew she needed to be longer,” said Kipar. “She’s easily added 25-30 yards to her drives and hitting the greens in two.”

Sipe will play for a state title next Monday and Tuesday at Heritage Hills in York. She will be joined by her Elk Lake teammates on Wednesday as the Lady Warriors compete in the PIAA Team Championships as well.

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