Boys Golf: Eaglecrest freshman Bryant wins Centennial League tourney, team race tightens

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Eaglecrest's Davis Bryant
Eaglecrest High School freshman Davis Bryant, shown here during the Centennial League boys golf tournament on Aug. 21, 2014, at Saddle Rock Golf Course, fired a 1-over-par 73 to win the league tournament held at South Suburban Golf Course on Wednesday. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

LITTLETON | The Centennial League is hitting the home stretch of the boys golf season and things are now incredibly tight after Wednesday’s fourth league meet.

Eaglecrest freshman Davis Bryant hovered near the top of the leaderboard in several of the previous tournaments and managed to ascend to the top spot this time with 1-over-par 73 at the par-72 South Suburban Golf Course. Davis finished a stroke in front of Cherokee Trail junior Ji Woo Jang, who had taken medalist honors in the previous two tournaments at The Meadows G.C. and Saddle Rock G.C.

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Davis also moved up to third in the overall individual league standings, trailing only Jang and Arapahoe’s Tyler Martinez.

Arapahoe won as team for the second time, snapping Cherokee Trail’s two-meet win streak with a five-stroke victory over the Cougars. In the process, the Warriors rallied past Cherokee Trail in the overall team standings and take a two-stroke advantage into the final league tournament on Sept. 4 at Aurora Hills G.C. The final league standings determine which 5A regional tournament each team will head to in September in order to quality for the state tournament.

Seniors Zach Goldsmith and Mitchell Nevin shot 78 and 79, respectively, for the Cougars.

Sophomore Danny Taggart carded a 7-over 79 to lead Grandview, which finished fourth as a team and sits in the same spot in the league team standings.

Junior Paul Cleveland shot an 81 for Smoky Hill, which dropped him from third into a tie for fourth in the league’s individual standings.

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. Facebook: Aurora Prep Sentinel

CENTENNIAL LEAGUE BOYS GOLF MEET NO. 4

Aug. 27 at South Suburban G.C.

Team scores: 1. Arapahoe 306, 2. CHEROKEE TRAIL 311, 3. Cherry Creek 320, 4. GRANDVIEW 327, 5. Mullen 334, 6. SMOKY HILL 334, 7. EAGLECREST 353, OVERLAND no score

Top 10 individuals: 1. DAVIS BRYANT (EAGLECREST) 73; 2. JI WOO JANG (CHEROKEE TRAIL) 74; T3. Austin Lienenmann (Arapahoe) 75; T3. David Packer (Arapahoe) 75; T5. Reece Jones (Mullen) 76; T5. Jon Bailey (Arapahoe) 76; T5. Subin Lee (Cherry Creek) 76; T5. Tyler Martinez (Arapahoe) 76; T9. ZACH GOLDSMITH (CHEROKEE TRAIL) 78; T9. EJ Clark (Cherry Creek) 78; T11. MITCHELL NEVIN (CHEROKEE TRAIL) 79; T11. DANNY TAGGART (GRANDVIEW) 79; T11. Turner Johnson (Arapahoe) 79

Aurora team-by-team results (in order of finish)

Cherokee Trail (311): Ji Woo Jang 74, Zach Goldsmith 78, Mitchell Nevin 79, Alex Anderson 80, Bradley Scalia 81; Grandview (327): Danny Taggart 79, Mason Jowsey 82, Nate Lewis 82, Matt McCartney 84, Brandon Armitage 91; Smoky Hill (334): Kyle Colen 80, Paul Cleveland 81, Cole Johnson 87, Parker Friedentag 92, Evan Richards 96; Eaglecrest (353): Davis Bryant 73, Ryan Beaulieu 88, Alejandro Torres 89, Thomas Logan 103, Joel Jack 111

Other team-by-team results (in order of finish)

Arapahoe (306): Austin Lienenmann 75, David Packer 75, Jon Bailey 76, Tyler Martinez 76, Turner Johnson 79, Austin Duffy 82; Cherry Creek (320): Subin Lee 76, EJ Clark 78, Hunter Tuite 82, David Voell 85, Jeremy Feerer 93; Mullen (334): Reece Jones 76, Jack Horvath 84, Michael Phenicie 87, Josh Rymkiewicz 87, Jack Dowdle 90