Before Monday Landon Weber’s most recent memory of playing at River Hall Country Club wasn’t the happiest. The Fort Myers High golfer was never in contention to win his fifth consecutive Nolan Henke-Patty Berg Junior Masters in July at the course.
It was part of a rough summer he’s put behind him.
However, he embraced the opportunity to re-conquer the course Monday. Weber started fast and finished with a 3-under 69 to defend his District 3A-15 championship.
“It still hasn’t gotten the best of me,” Weber said of River Hall. “I left some strokes out there.”
He bogeyed both par 5s , but it didn’t hurt much as he shot 5-under on the front nine, managing just 11 putts.
“Once I got to that point (the turn) I was confident all the way through,” Weber said.
A birdie on No. 18 was needed to seal the deal while Gulf Coast’s Christian Taylor’s birdie putt to tie from 12 feet on the final hole lipped out.
“I heard he was up one stroke,” said Taylor, who birdied 13 and 14 to get into contention. “I put a good roll into it, but it ran out of speed.”
Taylor combined with Kaleb Johnson, Peter George and Nick Porraro to propel Gulf Coast 305 to a team district title. Charlotte (324) and Fort Myers (328) also qualified for the Region 3A-5 tournament in a week at Heritage Oaks Golf and Country Club in Sarasota.
Last season Gulf Coast missed qualifying for state by one stroke.
“We just need to stay focused and me and Caleb need to be at our best,” Taylor said.
Riverdale’s Tainter Bundy (81) and Mark Iwinski (87) as well as South Fort Myers’ Jonah Manning (82) qualified for state as individuals.
District 3A-15 tournament
at River Hall Country Club, par 72
Gulf Coast 305, Charlotte 324, Fort Myers 328, Riverdale 374, South Fort Myers 398
Fort Myers: Landon Weber 69, Michael Chesnover 80, Josh Mesmer 90, Daylun Salters 89
Riverdale: Mark Iwinski 87, Tainter Bundy 81, Steele Spinoga 101, Zack Robins 105
South Fort Myers: Jonah Manning 82, Chad Radford 107, Trent Sones 98
Gulf Coast: Kaleb Johnson 80, Christian Taylor 70, Nick Porraro 80, Peter George 75
Charlotte: Jimmy Laurin 71, Billy Brumbaugh 79, Jake Haas 84, Truman Bethel 90