MANCHESTER, Tenn. — It took a 25-hole championship round for Ensworth’s Brock Ochsenreiter to capture his first Division II-AA individual golf championship last season.
This time around, he only needed 18.
“It’s nice to not have that kind of pressure,” said Ochsenreiter, who defeated Memphis University School’s Goodman Rudolph in a five-hole playoff a season ago.
Ochsenreiter, an Indiana commitment and the state’s seventh-ranked junior boy according to Golfweek, successfully defended his crown Tuesday at WillowBrook Golf Club, firing a 1-over 73 to finish at 139 (-5) for the tournament.
“I could have done better, but like always it’s just about making pars and being consistent instead of making that one big mistake that can let everybody back in it,” said Ochsenreiter, who transferred to Ensworth from Destin, Fla., prior to his sophomore year. “I thought I did good at just hanging in there.
“Go out with a bang, that’s always what I wanted.”
Ochsenreiter finished two strokes ahead of Oliver Simonsen of Baylor, which secured its 17th team championship on Tuesday.
The Red Raiders carded a two-day score of 596 (+20), while Father Ryan and Briarcrest shot 602 to finish tied for second.
“We’re kind of disappointed because we wanted to win; we all wanted to win for our seniors,” said Father Ryan junior Nick Wolf, who shot 2-under 145 for the tournament — good enough for fourth. “I guess it wasn’t meant to be. Hopefully we’ll get it next year.”
In girls action, Franklin Road Academy freshman Angelina Chan captured her first Division II-A championship, holding off St. Andrew’s-Sewanee’s Hannah Powell to secure a two-stroke victory.
“There was just as much pressure as I thought there’d be,” said the 14-year-old Chan, who won despite three bogeys, as well as a double-bogey, on Tuesday. “With all the distractions, and the fact that I wasn’t playing with No. 2 or No. 3, I had a hard time.”
Chan, who finished 7-over 79 on Tuesday, finished with a two-day score of 8-over 152.
In the girls Division II-A team competition, Battle Ground Academy successfully held on to its day-one lead, edging St. Mary’s by two strokes to secure its first state championship.
“To be honest, both of us came into this just trying to have fun and do the best we could,” BGA’s Rachel Arvizu said. “We weren’t expecting too much, but we were both playing consistent and it turned out to be a good couple of days.”
Arvizu shot 168 for the tournament — good enough for fourth — while teammate Hannah Wright finished sixth at 170. DCA’s Maddie Buckley finished ninth at 170.
In Division II-AA girls, St. Agnes claimed its fourth team championship, finishing the tournament at 284 (-4) — 16 strokes better than Baylor. Father Ryan finished fourth at 342 and Ensworth placed fifth at 349.
St. George’s boys, led by Division II-A individual champion Davis Irving’s two-day score of 144 (E), captured its fifth Division II-A team title, finishing at 597. FRA placed third at 642 and DCA finished sixth at 678.
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