For Mackey Fouse, it was a four-year, progressive climb up the PIAA golf championship ladder.
For , it was one giant leap in one year.
But they joined each other at the top rung.
Fouse, a senior at Central Valley, and Engel, a senior at Upper St. Clair, gave the WPIAL two champions at the PIAA championships Tuesday at the Heritage Hills Golf Resort near York.
Fouse won the Class AA girls title with a two-day total of 152 on the par-72 course. Engel won the Class AAA boys title with a score of 147 on the par-71 course.
Fouse was an alternate for the PIAA tournament as a freshman. The next two years, she took a few more steps to the top, placing 16th as a sophomore and third last year.
"I knew I could win it all this year and I worked hard all season, during the summer and even last winter for it," said Fouse, a Seton Hall recruit. "I actually never won the WPIAL before this year. I got that and then I won regionals and I said if I get one more, it would be everything I want in my senior year. We're still in the team championships [today] and it would be awesome to get that, too."
Central Valley teammate Maddy McDaniel, a sophomore, finished third at 161.
For Engel, he improved greatly after finishing 31st last year. He won the title on the final hole with a par while Conestoga's Andrew Willner took a triple bogey.
"When we had tryouts in August, my goal was just to get back here," Engel said. "But I would've been content to just finish in the top 10. As it got closer to this, I had been playing really well and I knew if I played my game I would put myself in position to win."
After Engel, the next top finishers from the WPIAL were Fox Chapel's Patrick Sheerer and Upper St. Clair's Thomas Steve, who tied for 10th at 154.
In Class AAA girls, Canon-McMillan's Lauren Waller finished fourth at 151. In Class AA boys, Burgettstown's Owen Miller tied for third at 145.