AURORA | Davis Bryant one-upped himself by one stroke in the second Centennial League boys golf tournament of the season.
The Eaglecrest sophomore shot a 69 on Aug. 18 to win the opening league meet of the season and matched his career-low score in a tournament with a 68 on Tuesday at Fitzsimons Golf Course to win by five strokes on the par 71 Aurora course.
Bryant had not one, but two eagles on the day, including a shot that rolled in on Hole No. 18 from 205 yards out after he had eagled the par-5 Hole No. 8 earlier.
“I wasn’t really expecting it on 18 being 205 yards, I was just trying to get on the green,” said Bryant, who had never had a round with two eagles before.
“I hit it a little bit chunky and it landed about 10 yards short of green. It was going right up flag the whole way and it rolled up on the green and kept rolling and rolling and we saw it disappear into the hole. Paul (Smoky Hill’s Cleveland) gave me a big hug and said ‘that’s one way to end a round.’
“It was icing on the cake and it was fun walking up the fairway knowing my ball was in the hole.”
The round started out inauspiciously, however, as Bryant hit his tee shot off Hole No. 1 out of bounds and had to go back to the tee box and hit again, but managed to finish with just a double bogey. He later bogeyed No. 7 to go 3-over on the front nine, but hit a 5 wood from 205 yards out that got him within 10 feet of the hole and he made his putt for an eagle on No. 8. Bryant just missed an ace on No. 9 and tapped in for birdie to finish even on the front nine.
He bogeyed No. 10 and No. 11 to put himself in another hole, but aiming to catch up to early leader David Packer of Arapahoe and stay ahead of the steady Cleveland, he finished strong at 5-under on the last six holes.
Bryant put himself in command of the race for Centennial League medalist status with tournaments left to play at Fox Hollow G.C., Saddle Rock G.C. and South Suburban G.C.
Cleveland, who bought Bryant a celebratory Gatorade after their round finished, hit the ball well all day and made putts as well, which put him a pack of five players who finished at 2-over for the day.
In the team standings, Cherry Creek and Arapahoe flip-flopped in the top two spots, with Mullen coming in third again.
Among Aurora teams, Grandview jumped up into fourth place after a sixth-place result in the opener, as junior Danny Taggart shot 74 and Mason Jowsey and Alex Ollila each came in at 76.
Cole Johnson’s 76 and Christopher Kennedy’s 79 backed Cleveland for Smoky Hill, which topped Cherokee Trail by a stroke to post its second fifth-place finish.
Senior Ji Woo Jang and junior Bradley Scalia each shot 76 to pace the Cougars.
Junior Michael Milton shot 82 to support Bryant’s Eaglecrest team, which repeated in seventh, while Mason Moore’s 96 led eighth-place Overland.
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CENTENNIAL LEAGUE BOYS GOLF MEET NO. 2
Aug. 25 at Fitzsimons Golf Course, Aurora
Team scores: 1. Cherry Creek 295, 2. Arapahoe 300, 3. Mullen 301, 4. GRANDVIEW 304, 5. SMOKY HILL 310, 6. CHEROKEE TRAIL 311, 7. EAGLECREST 334, 8. OVERLAND 431
Top 10 individuals (par 71): 1. DAVIS BRYANT (EAGLECREST) 68; T2. PAUL CLEVELAND (SMOKY HILL) 73; T2. Grey Brewer (Cherry Creek) 73; T2. Cade Kilkenny (Cherry Creek) 73; T2. David Packer (Arapahoe) 73; T2. Asher Nolting (Cherry Creek) 73; T7. DANNY TAGGART (GRANDVIEW) 74; T7. Austin Duffy (Arapahoe) 74; T7. Tyler Martinez (Arapahoe) 74; T7. Harris Butler (Mullen) 74; T7. Michael Phenicie (Mullen) 74; 11. Josh Rymkiewicz (Mullen) 75
Aurora team-by-team results (in order of finish)
Grandview (304): Danny Taggart 74, Mason Jowsey 76, Alex Ollila 76, Brandon Armitage 78, Matt McCartney 80; Smoky Hill (310): Paul Cleveland 73, Cole Johnson 76, Christopher Kennedy 79, Kyle Colen 82, Michael Sam 84; Cherokee Trail (311): Ji Woo Jang 76, Bradley Scalia 76, Jack Stephenson 77, Ryan Loos 82, Mathew Petry 90; Eaglecrest (334): Davis Bryant 68, Michael Milton 82, Thomas Logan 88, Joel Jack 96; Overland (431): Mason Moore 96, Quinn Hiatt 105, Jackson Smith 114, Morgan Moore 116
Other team-by-team results (in order of finish)
Cherry Creek (295): Grey Brewer 73, Cade Kilkenny 73, Asher Nolting 73, Hunter Tuite 76, Jeremy Feerer 80; Arapahoe (300): David Packer 73, Austin Duffy 74, Tyler Martinez 74, Alex Yano 79, Jon Bailey 83; Mullen (301): Harris Butler 74, Michael Phenicie 74, Josh Rymkiewicz 75, Reece Jones 78, Jack Dowdle 84