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Jesuit boys' golf scorches Langdon Farms

by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Westview junior Rory Wescott switched his putting grip at Langdon Farms on Monday and was able to close his round at just three over par.

Taking advantage of unrivaled warm spring weather that resembled more a district or state atmosphere in mid-May, the Metro boys’ golfers tore up Langdon Farms on Monday with low scores both on the individual and team sides.

Torching the links in the comfortable 70-degree sun, Jesuit shot a 287 as a team to take out Sunset’s 304-point second place. Paced by sophomore Carson Little’s one-under par, including a 32 on the front nine, the Crusaders cruised to the team win with PJ Hummelt scoring a 71 and Danny Terrell and RJ Tennant each shooting a 73. Dylan Johnson was in the mix as well with a 74.

“We’re real deep,” said Terrell. “I came in at the turn at two over (par), and I was the worst score, apparently. We had a couple scores at even and under. It’s kind of fun to have that competition at qualifying and practice. To pull those numbers as a team at a tournament, that’s real satisfying.”

“We have a lot of talent back in the ranks, so I feel very confident,” said Hummelt.

Terrell had seven bogies and five birdies on the day for Jesuit. He liked how he played overall, but would prefer more consistent pars than bogies.

“When you’re making that many birdies, you’re making lots of putts,” said Terrell. “But, when you have that many bogies, you have lots of three putts. There was inconsistency, but it was still a solid score.”

by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Jesuits P.J. Hummelt was one of five Crusaders to shoot in the 70s at Langdon Farms on Monday to help the Crusaders cruise to a team win.

A week after not shooting up to his standards, Terrell tried not to worry so much about a score. Hitting solid shots and having good holes took precdence over red numbers.

“The outcome doesn’t matter as long as you hit it well, and feel good about yourself,” said Terrell.

Hummelt said he was in the fairway most of the time, thanks to a bounty of big drives, which made the game much easier to manage.

“The straight, up-the-middle ball was working for me every time,” said Hummelt. “Had I not been hitting like that, my score could’ve been three or four shots higher. If I can stay consistent off the tee like I was today, and work on that wedge game, I should be able to get into the red numbers.”

Westview’s Rory Wescott and Mitch McCurdy have the unenviable task of trying to take the place of 2013 state champion Nick Baines and state placer Alec Fourie, both of whom could carry the Wildcats on a difficult scoring day.

by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Westview junior Mitch McCurdy is one the boys golfers hoping to replenish the Wildcats roster this spring.

A state qualifier himself who shot a 75 on the second of the state tournament last year, the junior said he’s hoping to raise his game and help his teammates elevate theirs to state notoriety.

“It’s almost impossible to fill Nick’s shoes,” said Wescott. “He covered everyone and same with Alec. Both of those guys were very big. This year I’m going to try to help these guys improve their games, which will help improve the overall team. Hopefully, I can make myself better, so we can go to state as a team. It’s going to be tough, but it is possible.”

On Monday, McCurdy shot a 79 and Wescott scored a 75. The Wildcats were led by Grant Larson’s 74.

“It was a pretty consistent day,” said Wescott. “Probably not my best day, but I look forward to next week so I can improve. It’s fun trying to step up and try to help the guys on the team, and hopefully improve their games as much as mine.”

Wescott said his putting was off the first couple holes, so he switched to a cross-hand grip with his left hand on top of his right. The flip ended up saving a few strokes on the back nine holes to help the junior finish just three over par.

“I kind of had a better feel going the other way,” said Wescott. “I felt like if I was doing better, then it was a reason for me to switch and hopefully improve my game. It took a while to get used to, but it was definitely an improvement.”

“I think we just try to do our best shot-to-shot,” added McCurdy. “We all try to shoot in the 70s, but that’s going to take a lot of hours on the golf course, chipping, putting, doing all the stuff we need to.”

McCurdy uncorked a number of strapping shots off the tee, including a rocket down the fairway on the 17th hole that put the Wildcat junior just feet from the hole.

by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Jesuit freshman Danny Terrell tees off on the 17th hole at Langdon Farms on Monday.

“It was a great shot for me, I hit it so solid,” said McCurdy. “I try to focus on my backswing and just hitting it straight down the fairway.”

Take away two holes that “blew up his score,” Southridge’s Davin Pease said his swing was smooth and confident. Pease estimated he only missed one or two fairways out of the 18 holes, which was a big positive for the senior who’s been hard at work honing his skills in the tee box. Solid approach shots and chipping put Pease in position for birdies as well. On the final hole, Pease pasted a drive down the middle of the fairway with his hybrid club, lag putted to four feet from the cup and drained the birdie putt to end the day on a good note.

by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Southridge senior Davin Pease said hes looking forward to a fun and fruitful season for both himself and the Skyhawks as a team.

“That’s huge for my confidence,” said Pease. “Even though the game is about moving on and taking it one shot at a time, if you can try and take the confidence and the feel of one shot and moving on to the next shot, it’s great. If you take one really good swing, take the momentum and carry it on, then it’s a good day.”

Looking ahead to the rest of Southridge’s schedule, Pease said he couldn’t ask for a more tailor-made course layout for his game. With three stud seniors gone and graduated off last year’s squad, and a new head coach, it’s taken a while for Southridge to get back in the flow of the season. But, Pease said he’s enjoying competing with a couple of buddies that he’s made in his two seasons as a Skyhawk and looks forward to a strong spring.

“It’s just nice to kick back and know someone else is probably doing better than you, but it’s OK,” said Pease. “As long as you’re having a good time, that’s what it’s all about. Like any program, we’re trying to build it from the bottom, up. We have the potential to be one of those top teams, not only in Metro, but in the state.”



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