Evangelical Christian junior golfer Shane Reynolds has seen the Whispering Oak course at Verandah more than any other competitor in Monday’s 1A-17 district competition, and put that knowledge to good use.
Reynolds’ even par round of 72 earned him his second consecutive medalist honor, while Bishop Verot claimed the team title with a score of 307.
“Repeating as medalist is pretty cool and to do it on my home course where I’ve played my whole life is cool. The pins were pretty tough today, and you had to place it well off the tee to get to them.” Reynolds said.
Totaling six birdies on the 6,416 yard layout, three going out on the front nine and three coming in on the back nine, Reynolds began his round with a double bogey, but recovered with three straight birdies on holes 4-6. Going out in 37, Reynolds had birdies on 11, 14, and 17 en route to coming home with a one under par 35 on the back.
The Vikings were paced by Blake Wheeler’s 75, to go along with 77’s from Cole Connor and Mason Kiernan, and a 78 from Harrison Kyle.
The top three teams advanced to regional competition and with Reynolds leading the way, the Sentinels placed second with a team score of 324. Canterbury took the final spot with a team score of 351, led by Chad Bowling’s 82.
The three highest individual scores not amongst the teams advancing also advanced to regional play, and all came from the host school Southwest Florida Christian. Max Pringle came in with an 88, Luke Wallace signed for a 91, and Nicholas Newingham registered a 98.
The regional will be next Monday, and will be held in Bradenton at Bradenton Country Club.
Bishop Verot: Blake Wheeler 75, Cole Connor 77, Mason Kiernan 77, Harrison Kyle 78, Alex Hussey 82
Evangelical Christian: Shane Reynolds 72, Nick Partipilo 77, Kory Keel 87, Jarred Jordan 88, Jaxon Wolff 91
Canterbury: Chad Bowling 82, Jason Gottko 83, Cameron Fencher 92, JJ Gamba 94, Trennan Turco 98
Southwest Florida Christian: Max Pringle 88, Luke Wallace 91, Nicholas Newingham 98, Baxton Munn 103, Mikey Bubar 105
Oasis: Chase Ryan 99, Colton Poling 107, John Hickel 107, Eric Hebert 116, Jimmy Jackson 118
Moore Haven: Donovan Osceola 100, Patrick Metzler 126, Brice Prowant 126, Austin Lee 152, Colin Ahern 165