2019 season recap: Holy Ghost Prep remained the top golf team in the Bicentennial Athletic League (BAL) in 2019, thanks to the emergence of a new young star in sophomore Calen Sanderson.
Sanderson was the 2019 BAL Most Valuable Player and tied for second at the PIAA District 1 Class AAA championships in October. The strong finish at districts qualified Sanderson to compete at states, but he had a conflict with an American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) tournament and chose to play in the all-important junior tourney instead.
In addition to serving notice that he is one of the top junior players in the state, Sanderson earned a spot on the 2019 BAL’s all-first team, along with fellow sophomore teammate Cole Apeldorn (who also competed for HGP in the 2019 districts).
Holy Ghost Prep had two 2019 second-team All-BAL selections in juniors Ryan France and Tyler Schmidt, while sophomore Nick Henn and Liam Huy were honorable mention All-BAL honorees.
While the program will leave the BAL next fall to become an independent, the Firebirds figure to remain one of the top teams in District 1 in 2020, thanks to the return of Sanderson, Apeldorn, France, Schmidt, Henn, and Huy. These six returnees will continue to blossom under the tutelage of Holy Ghost Prep coach Mark Walder ’02, who was recently recognized by Golf Digest as one of the magazine’s “Top Young Golf Teachers in America.”
2019 All-BAL selections
First Team: Calen Sanderson ’22 and Cole Apeldorn ’22
Second Team: Ryan France ’21 and Tyler Schmidt ’21
Honorable Mention: Nick Henn ’22 and Liam Huy ’22
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