Washington’s Will Grevlos found himself a stroke away from history as he lined up his putt on 18. Save par and he would clinch ‘AA’ state medalist honors in record-setting fashion – but that wasn’t why he was so apprehensive.
“That was probably the most nervous I’d been all day was on those putts, because I didn’t know where my team was at,” Grevlos explained over the phone. “I knew we would probably be close up there and I figured that I would have to par.”
Grevlos sank that putt, ensuring his team the state title and clinching medalist honors, while simultaneously breaking the previous two-day scoring record (140) set by Spearfish’s Rob Kortan in 1996.
“I found out (about the record) right after I signed my card and I was with my team. They told me,” Grevlos laughed. “I had no idea.”
The WHS junior claimed the title with a 3-under 69 on Tuesday, but it was his 3-under 69 on Monday –despite 30-40 mph wind gusts – that had his coach in awe.
“If you just look at (Monday’s) round, it’s more than remarkable. It’s literally amazing that he could come in 3-under,” Rinken said. “For him to shoot 3-under was incredible. It really was. He did it in conditions that were extremely tough the first day.”
“I had a really good gameplan with what I was going to hit off the tees (Monday),” Grevlos said. “I hit it straight and kept it low in the wind, which is vital to scoring.”
Whatever wind there was Tuesday, it was blowing in the same direction as the day before, which made for a much easier round for Grevlos, who stuck to the same gameplan for the final round.
“It comes back to the old saying fairways and greens,” Rinken said. “He hit a high number of fairways and greens. He missed a few greens, but he’s pretty quick and pretty capable to get up-and-down. He played extremely well. Fun to watch.”
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