Over the next nine months, there will be a lot of what ifs exchanged between members of the Bishop Verot boys golf team. A missed 3-foot put here or a poorly hit fairway wood there Monday could have meant the difference between playing at states and not.
There was plenty of that when the Vikings found out they missed Region A-6 runner-up honors by one stroke. Community School of Naples turned in a 311 at The Verandah Club’s Old Orange course to extinguish Verot’s hopes of playing at state.
This comes a year after the Vikings missed out on the Class A tournament at Mission Inn and Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills by three strokes.
“We knew it was going to be close,” Verot coach Andy Scott said. “We didn’t even expect CSN to be in the picture because we had beaten them every time we faced them this year. It’s a tough loss.
“When it’s close like that it’s easy to talk about what you missed. There’s nothing you can do about it though.”
Massimo Mbetse fired a 3-under 69 to lead Bradenton St. Stephen’s (299) to a regional title. David Gao and David Hu contributed 74s for the Falcons while Ryan Kinkhead added a 77.
CSN had a rough start to the day going 13-over through the first four holes but finished 10-over during the last 10, including 4-under on the last five holes of the front nine.
The momentum shifted when Harrison Ornstein, who started on the back nine and shot 73, birdied No. 15, 16 and 17.
“I told the rest of the team how Harrison was playing and said, ‘You guys have to kick it into gear,’” CSN coach Paul Celano said. “Sometimes you have to challenge them. The key was they responded to the challenge.”
Joshua Braverman matched Ornstein’s 73 and Tommy Amendola checked in with an 82 while James Phelps notched an 83 for the Seahawks.
Seacrest Country Day (314), led by David Morgan’s 73, took fourth. Morgan qualified for states, which will be played Oct. 28-29, as an individual.
Verot’s Nolan Jerriey birdied No. 1 to defeat Seacrest’s Chase Bigham in a playoff for the final individual spot.
After shooting par on the hole in the morning, Jerriey played it almost exactly the same with a 3-wood down the middle of the fairway and a pitching wedge to the green from 130 yards out. The only difference was his 12-footer for birdie found the hole the second time around.
“It feels so exciting,” Jerriey said. “I was happy to do it when it counted.”
Mason Kiernan’s 75, Harrison Kyle’s 80 and Alex Hussey’s 83 rounded out Verot’s scoring. After winning the District A-17 title last week, Reece Kyle shot an 84.
The Vikings return everyone next year.
Evangelical Christian senior Shane Reynolds, a former News-Press Golfer of the Year finalist, ended his prep career with a 76.
Region A-6 boys golf tournament
The Verandah Club, Par 72
Bradenton St. Stephen’s 299, Community School of Naples 311, Bishop Verot 312, Seacrest Country Day 314, Sarasota Cardinal Mooney 326, Sarasota Out of Door 333, Canterbury 362, Evangelical Christian 365
Bishop Verot: Reece Kyle 84, Alex Hussey 83, Mason Kiernan 75, Harrison Kyle 80, Nolan Jerriey 74
Canterbury: Trennen Turco 97, Chad Bowling 87, Jackson Gottko 91, William Shae 87, John Gamba 97
Sarasota Cardinal Mooney: Kyle Jarrett 77, Noah Kumar 85, Jake Nash 83, Robbie Higgins 81, Dalton Plattner 85
Community School of Naples: Harrison Ornstein 73, Joshua Braverman 73, James Phelps 83, Tommy Amendola 82, Messina 85
Evangelical Christian: Shane Reynolds 76, Jarred Jordan 94, Jaxon Wolf 89, John Harley 106, Ben Specht 107
St. John Neumann: Gus Vickers 90, Andrew Myers 81, Franco Debella 100, Chris Uhlar 107, Robert Walbert 96
Bradenton St. Stephen’s: Alan Klenor 83, Massimo Mbetse 69, David Gao 74, Ryan Kinkhead 77, David Hu 74
Seacrest Country Day: Blake Wheeler 87, Jayson Iten 80, Chase Bigham 74, David Morgan 73, J.P. Arpin WD
Sarasota Out of Door: Max Coutsolioutsos 77, Jim Cai 78, Josh Silverman 87, Wyatt Plattner 91, James Vickery 96
Individuals: Luke Wallace (SFCA) 92, Max Pringle (SFCA) , Nicholas Newingham (SFCA) 100, Mike Hauer (MIA) 78, Hunter O’Neill (MIA) 104, Keaton Williams (MIA) 85, Noah Cone (BC) 100, Jack Knowles (BC) 89, Drew Alysworth (SC) 104