Boys Golf: Eaglecrest’s Bryant takes early lead in Centennial League medalist chase in opener

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COMMERCE CITY | Davis Bryant has big goals for the 2015 season and he took a step toward one of them Tuesday.

The Eaglecrest star sophomore’s aim to be the Centennial League medalist looked pretty strong in the first of five league meets on the season, which took place as part of the Cherry Creek Bruin Invitational at Buffalo Run Golf Course.

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With his putter feeling excellent and enjoying a shorter course than he’s used to playing at 6,531 yards, Bryant shot a 3-under-par 69 to put himself four strokes in front of last season’s Centennial League medalist, Cherokee Trail senior Ji Woo Jang, who shot a 73 to finish second.

Grandview junior Danny Taggart carded a 75 to tie for fourth, with Smoky Hill’s Paul Cleveland a stroke back in a tie for sixth.

In the team chase, defending Centennial League champ Cherokee Trail led Aurora teams in the final standings, but came in fourth overall with a team score of 324.

Paced by their two returners from a team that finished seventh at last season’s Class 5A boys state golf tournament, Jang and junior Bradley Scalia — who shot 78 — coach Troy Flores’ Cougars find themselves down 17 strokes to team winner Arapahoe (307), which was followed by Cherry Creek (314) and Mullen (321).

Freshman Christopher Kennedy’s 81 helped Smoky Hill finish four strokes behind Cherokee Trail in fifth, while senior Mason Jowsey’s 82 supported Taggart’s lead score for sixth-place Grandview.

Eaglecrest’s second-best score came from junior Michael Milton with an 89 as the Raptors finished seventh, while Overland — playing its first league match under new head coach Casey Coy — took its lead from Mason Moore with a 103.

The next Centennial League tournament is scheduled for Aug. 25 at Aurora’s Fitzsimons Golf Course.

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

CENTENNIAL LEAGUE BOYS GOLF MEET NO. 1

Aug. 18 at Buffalo Run G.C. (par 72)

Team scores: 1. Arapahoe 307; 2. Cherry Creek 314; 3. Mullen 321; 4. CHEROKEE TRAIL 324; 5. SMOKY HILL 328; 6. GRANDVIEW 332; 7. EAGLECREST 354; 8. OVERLAND 458

Top 10 individuals (par 72): 1. DAVIS BRYANT (EAGLECREST) 69; 2. JI WOO JANG (CHEROKEE TRAIL) 73; 3. David Packer (Arapahoe) 74; T4. DANNY TAGGART (GRANDVIEW) 75; T4. Tyler Martinez (Arapahoe) 75; T6. PAUL CLEVELAND (SMOKY HILL) 76; T6. Harris Butler (Mullen) 76; T6. Michael Phenicie (Mullen) 76; T9. Hunter Tuite (Cherry Creek) 77; T9. Austin Duffy (Arapahoe) 77

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

Cherokee Trail (324): Ji Woo Jang 73, Bradley Scalia 78, Ryan Loos 82, Jack Stephenson 91, Chase Street 99; Smoky Hill (328): Paul Cleveland 76, Christopher Kennedy 81, Kyle Colen 83, Cole Johnson 88, Parker Friedentag 90; Grandview (332): Danny Taggart 75, Mason Jowsey 82, Matt McCartney 84, Alex Ollita 91, Brandon Armitage 92; Eaglecrest (354): Davis Bryant 69, Michael Milton 89, Darnel Brown 98, Joel Jack 98, Tyler Haman 103; Overland (458): Mason Moore 103, Morgan Moore 107, Quinn Hiatt 118, Jackson Smith 130

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

Arapahoe (307): David Packer 74, Tyler Martinez 75, Austin Duffy 77, Alex Yano 81, Jon Bailey 82; Cherry Creek (314): Hunter Tuite 77, Grey Brewer 79, Cade Kilkenny 79, Asher Nolting 79, Jeremy Feerer 82; Mullen (321): Harris Butler 76, Michael Phenicie 76, Reece Jones 84, Jack Dowdle 85, Josh Rymkiewicz 97