Evangelical Christian School sophomore Shane Reynolds nearly broke 70 in a brilliant round on Tuesday. But after 18 holes of great golf, he found out he still had more work left to do when another player was equally as stellar.
Reynolds carded a 70 to tie Community School of Naples’ Andrew Potter and then won on the second hole of a playoff to earn medalist honors in the District A-18 meet at the Golf Club of the Everglades and advance to the region tournament.
Reynolds parred the No. 2, a 369-yard par-4, to end the playoff.
From a team standpoint, the Canterbury School and Bishop Verot finished in the top three to also punch their tickets for regionals, being held next Tuesday at the Whispering Oak course at Verandah Country Club.
Community School, naturally led by Potter, won the tournament with an aggregate of 304. CSN, Verot and Canterbury will all play at Verandah.
The top three individuals not on a qualifying team also advanced — Reynolds, Seacrest Country Day School’s David Morgan (73) and fellow Stingray Chase Bigham (80).
Reynolds felt the Everglades course set up well for his game.
“The greens were in great shape, and I was able to putt well,” Reynolds said. “I was just feeling it on the greens. I made — I think — about six or seven 1-putts.”
Reynolds and Potter were the only ones to break par at the 6,543-yard par-72 links. Morgan was one-over par.
“On this course, you have to keep the ball in play,” Reynolds said. “I’m hitting the ball pretty well right now, so I feel I can hit it wherever I have to at any time. The par 3s were a little rough, though, and I played the par-3 holes at a combined 3-over par.”
Chad Bowling led Canterbury with a 79. The Cougars also had three other scores under 90 to reserve a spot at Verandah.
“Our guys kept plugging away,” said Canterbury School coach Chris Holtrop. “We didn’t play well at first, but then I encouraged them to stay with the process and we were able to hit some good shots. It was important to drive the ball well out there. Tee shots are at a premium, and the course is playing a little long.”
Community School of Naples 304, Canterbury School 339, Bishop Verot, 341, St. John Neumann 342, Evangelical Christian School 350, Seacrest 364, First Baptist Academy 386, Southwest Florida Christian Academy 450.
LOCAL INDIVIDUAL SCORES
BISHOP VEROT (341): Dat Phan 81, Kyle Harrison 84, Jereme Saunders 87, Alex Hussey 89.
CANTERBURY (339): Chad Bowling 79, Carson Burton 85, Jackson Gottko 87, Ryan Arrison 88.
ECS (350): Shane Reynolds 70, Nick Partipilo 91, Daylun Salters 94, Jaxon Wolff 95.
SFCA (450): Nicholas Newingham 106, Luke Wallace 108, Max Pringle 114, Baxton Munn 121