Boys Golf: Eaglecrest’s Bryant fires 4-under-68 at South Suburban G.C. to take Centennial League lead

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LITTLETON | Eaglecrest’s Davis Bryant has picked up where he left off last season in Centennial League boys golf.

For the second straight season, the junior carded a 68 in the second league tournament of the season and took the lead in the chase to defend the league championship he won last season.

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Playing in the Big Dry Creek Invitational Monday at South Suburban Golf Course — which served as the second league tournament following the opener at Buffalo Run G.C. last week — Bryant finished with an eagle, four birdies, 11 pars and just two bogeys to finish at 4-under-par for a four-stroke win over Arapahoe’s Turner Johnson and Josh Rymkiewicz. Bryant also won the invitational.

With a 70, Bryant finished one stroke behind Arapahoe’s Jay Yano in the first league tournament Aug. 16, but erased that small deficit and then some in play at South Suburban G.C.

In a shotgun start, Bryant opened on Hole No. 2 and made par on seven straight holes before he began to make a move on Hole No. 9. A birdie got him into the red numbers and he made eagle on the par-5 Hole No. 11 to get to 3-under. Back-to-back birdies on Nos. 14 & 15 pushed him to 4-under, where he finished after a birdie on No. 17.

Bryant took a significant lead in the individual league chase with Yano and Grandview senior Danny Taggart tied for second. Taggart matched Bryant with a 70 in the opening tournament and had another strong day at South Suburban with a 75 to tie for seventh.

Smoky Hill senior Cole Johnson finished with a 74 as the next-highest Aurora finisher behind Bryant and he helped the Buffaloes lead city programs with a fourth-place finish in the team chase behind the top three of Arapahoe, Mullen and Cherry Creek. Senior Kyle Colen’s 76 also boosted Smoky Hill.

The Buffaloes pulled even in the league standings with Cherokee Trail, which finished fifth behind a 77 from senior Brad Scalia and freshman Beam Boonta’s 79.

Senior Brandon Armitage backed Taggart with a strong 78 for sixth-place Grandview, while Tyler Haman’s 95 represented Eaglecrest’s top result after Bryant.

Quinn Hiatt improved by 17 shots from the first tournament with a 93 to lead Overland to eighth.

The next Centennial League tournament is scheduled for Sept. 1 at Meadow Hills G.C. in Aurora. The final two league meets of the fast-moving season come Sept. 7 at Murphy Creek G.C. and Sept. 12 at Fitzsimons G.C.

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

CENTENNIAL LEAGUE BOYS GOLF MEET NO. 2

Aug. 22 at South Suburban G.C.

Team scores: 1. Arapahoe 297, 2. Mullen 303, 3. Cherry Creek 312, 4. SMOKY HILL 317, 5. CHEROKEE TRAIL 326, 6. GRANDVIEW 343, 7. EAGLECREST 373, 8. OVERLAND 399

Top 10 individuals (par 72): 1. DAVIS BRYANT (EAGLECREST) 68; T2. Josh Rymkiewicz (Mullen) 72; T2. Turner Johnson (Arapahoe) 72; 4. Cade Kilkenny (Cherry Creek) 73; T5. COLE JOHNSON (SMOKY HILL) 74; T5. Alex Yano (Arapahoe) 74; T7. DANNY TAGGART (GRANDVIEW) 75; T7. Michael Phenicie (Mullen) 75; T7. Tom Packer (Arapahoe) 75; T7. Hunter Tuite (Cherry Creek) 75

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

Smoky Hill (317): Cole Johnson 74, Kyle Colen 76, Michael Sau 83, Chris Kennedy 84, Tim Hart 104; Cherokee Trail (326): Brad Scalia 77, Beam Boonta 79, Chase Street 82, Jack Stephenson 88, Matt Petry 97; Grandview (343): Danny Taggart 75, Brandon Armitage 78, Jack Cooper 95, Charlie Hall 95; Eaglecrest (373): Davis Bryant 68, Tyler Haman 95, Lucas Lonergan 101, Dominic Couta 109; Overland (399): Quinn Hiatt 93, Mason Moore 94, Nathan Caraver 101, Justin Weiman 111, Jackson Smith 113

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

Arapahoe (297): Turner Johnson 72, Alex Yano 74, Tom Packer 75, Jay Yano 76, Jack Tickle 79; Mullen (303): Josh Rymkiewicz 72, Michael Phenicie 75, Jack Dowdle 76, Nick Mayhan 80, Jimmy Carpenter 88; Cherry Creek (312): Cade Kilkenny 73, Hunter Tuite 75, Ashter Nolting 81, Jimmy Ringsby 83, Matt Lefebre 83