It was fun in the sun.
Behind junior medalist Dusty Brett’s steady par-72 round, the deep Bellarmine boys golf team destroyed the field to win its second straight State AAA boys golf tournament.
The Lions turned a picture-perfect Tuesday at The Creek at Qualchan into the equivalent of a team-golf massacre, rolling up 156 points, more than the next three teams, Mead (54), Newport (48) and Kentwood (40.5), combined.
Brett, fourth last year, started the day in fourth place at 4-over par, two shots behind co-leaders Eric Toomey of Snohomish and teammate Brian Coury, and one shot ahead of North Central junior Kyle Kelly.
“I didn’t know what they were doing all day,” Brett said. “I had a hunch if I was around par I’d be right in there. I always play aggressive. I never base my game on what others do. I have no control over that.”
His 72-148 gave him a three-stroke win over Kelly, who shot 74-151 on his home course. Last year Brett shot 81-69-150 at Lapoma Firs to finish one stroke ahead of Kelly.
By dropping a 7-foot birdie putt on No. 8 and a 20-footer for birdie on 9, Brett made the turn at 1-under and in first place for the first time.
His drive on No. 10 landed in a fairway bunker and a poor bunker shot cost him a bogey on No. 10, dropping him into a tie for first. Then he reeled off five straight pars as the last of the contenders col lapsed and Kelly failed to charge.
“If I make a bogey, I don’t worry about it,” Brett said. “There are more holes to come and birdies to make. I’ll take it. I played good. There’s always a couple shots you could take off. There’s always shoulda, coulda, woulda. I’ll take it.”
Kelly had a pair of three-putt bogies on the front side, reaching the turn at 39, five strokes back.
“I had some chances. I could have won it. There’s next year,” Kelly said. “Today I made a lot and lot of pars. I felt like I hit a lot of good putts, they just didn’t drop. You have those kind of days. On No. 11, I made a 20-footer to save par. On No. 12, I had a 20-footer for birdie. I felt like I could have made it, I just didn’t read it right. If I could have made it, maybe I could have gotten something going.”
After a birdie on No. 1 to move into the lead, Coury, a senior who was sixth a year ago, had a double bogey on 3 and a bogey on 4 to drop back. After a front-side 38, he began the backside bogey-bogey. With a 78 he tied with Lucas Horrobin of Oak Harbor (76-152) for third.
“We felt if we played to what we had all year, we should win. But not this easy, not by 90,” Bellarmine coach Steve George said. “It was fun, watching Dusty play. They all played well. They deserve it.”
Toomey faded early with three double bogeys on the front en route to a 40, finishing 79-153 and Ryan LaVoie, a junior from Pasco who started the day one stroke back, had a 41 on the backside to finish 79-154.
Mead’s finish was pleasing since senior Ben Holt birdied the last three holes for a 76-158. Freshman Brian Fong, who opened with a 76 and was in the final foursome, held up for a 79-155, one stroke out of the medals.
“We couldn’t have done any better,” Mead coach Paul Peters said. “At the start of the season I said if we could finish second it would be a successful season. It’s a great tribute to Ben and Brian.”
Fong only had one three-putt, on No. 18 for a bogey, which cost him a tie for the final medal.
“I bogeyed 2 through 5 and I could have made par easy,” Fong said. “I just wasn’t chipping good.” Holt was upbeat, especially since he took himself out early on Monday with a 9 on No. 2.”I didn’t have any 9s. Four strokes better on one hole, that would do it,” he said. “I hit the ball better off the tee.”
Short putts: Team scores are awarded on a graded scale to the top 40 finishers, with first place worth 50 points, second 45, down to 1 for 40th… . Other Greater Spokane League finishers were Matt Johnson, University (75-155); Luke Stavros, Central Valley (80-160) and Tim McElhinny U-Hi (84-163). U-Hi finished seventh, one point behind Kelso in seventh. Team trophies were given to the top six teams.
MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: Boys results Top finishers of the WIAA/U.S. Bank State AAA boys golf tournament: Dusty Brett, Bellarmine 148< Kyle Kelly, North Central 151 Lucas Horrobin, Oak Harbor 152 Brian Coury, Bellarmine 152 Eric Toomey, Snohomish 153 Mike Haack, Newport 154 Jess Daley, Kentwood, 154 Ryan LaVoie, Pasco 154
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