When Scranton Muni announced its abrupt closing in April, three Lackawanna League golf programs that used it as their home course were left out in the cold.
Whether they will play because of the coronavirus pandemic remains to be seen, but if the fall sports season takes place, Scranton, Scranton Prep and Valley View all will have new courses to call home.
It’s part of a big slate of changes for the league, which will go to four divisions in August, with every team playing each in its division twice, and playoff teams determined by the same power rankings that are used in eight other team sports.
Scranton Prep, the three-time state silver medalist in Class 2A, will be playing its matches at two courses, splitting time between Marjon Golf Course and the front nine at Glenmaura National Golf Club, according to head coach Ed Cimoch.
Most of the matches will be contested at Glenmaura, with the team practicing and playing some of its schedule at Marjon.
Scranton is moving to the back nine at Pine Hills Country Club, according to Ted Anderson, the school’s athletic director.
Valley View will play its home matches on the back nine at Elkview Country Club, league president and Valley View athletic director Chris Killiany said.
Teams will play home and away matches within their division, and can play other matches which will be used in the power rating system to determine the playoff qualifiers.
“You can go out and get your exhibitions and play whoever you want outside of (the league),” Killiany said. “I know there were some coaches who said we had too many matches. This kind of gives them the flexibility if they want to schedule, 12, 13, 14, whatever they want. And the power rating kind of evens that out for you.
“They can schedule matches against the Wilkes-Barre schools and that will count toward your record. In the past, it didn’t. That opened up a nice little thing to play other schools if you wanted to.”
Division I consists of Abington Heights, Honesdale, North Pocono, Scranton Prep, Valley View and Wallenpaupack.
In Division II are Delaware Valley, Dunmore, Holy Cross, Riverside, Scranton and West Scranton
Division III is Carbondale Area, Mid Valley, Old Forge, Lackawanna Trail, Lakeland and Western Wayne.
Only five teams comprise Division IV: Blue Ridge, Elk Lake, Forest City, Montrose and Mountain View.
The number of teams that make the playoffs will remain the same, four in Class 3A and eight in Class 2A.
Marty Myers began his career as a sports writer at The Wayne Independent in Honesdale, where he served as sports editor and later managing editor. After 10 years there, he joined The Times-Tribune in 1994 and has spent the ensuing years reporting on high school sports, local and professional golf. An award-winning journalist, he also enjoys his duties as a copy editor for The Times-Tribune, editing stories and designing pages. A native of Williamsport, Marty resides in Clarks Summit. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org, 570-348-9100 x5437 or @mmyersTT.