Boys golf: Gutsy Waltmire wins title

2011-10-30T00:00:00Z Boys golf: Gutsy Waltmire wins titleDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 30, 2011 12:00 am  • 

Jaime Waltmire's heels were on the edge of a sand trap on the third hole, and the pin was a good 255 yards away.

Playing Glendale Cactus' Kale Davidson on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff, the CDO junior had two options.

He could lay up on the fairway like Davidson, leaving about a 110-yard third shot or go for the green.

Waltmire went for it.

He blasted a 5-wood and saw his ball blow by Davidson's and land just short of the green. After a short chip, Waltmire birdied the par-5 third and held off Davidson, who parred, to claim the individual Division II state championship at Randolph North with a two-day, 2-under score of 142.

"I took a practice swing behind the ball and the curve was in the middle of my heel, so I had good balance," Waltmire said of his setup on the second shot. "I thought I could make a good swing on it, and I just committed as fully as I could, and it ended up working out."

Waltmire and the Dorados also won the team state title with a two-day score of 591, beating Salpointe Catholic by 26 strokes.

The team win had little drama. Waltmire's win had plenty of it.

He entered the 18th hole trailing Davidson by one stroke but had no idea. There are no in-round leaderboards on the course, so Waltmire wasn't sure if he was in the lead or out of contention.

"Last year, the (winning) score was 2-under, so I knew I was in it, but that's all I knew," said Waltmire, who was 1-under going to the 18th on Saturday.

The junior nailed a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to get to 2-under and tie Davidson.

The duo then headed to the first playoff hole and both parred. On the second hole, the championship appeared to be Waltmire's.

He was on the green in two shots and had a makeable 10-foot putt for birdie. Davidson's second shot was short of the green and he had a 20-yard chip left, which he nailed for birdie, putting the pressure on the Dorado standout.

Waltmire stepped up, hit his putt and they moved on to the third where Waltmire put it away with his impressive second shot.

"For me, it all started on 17 when he missed a short birdie putt," CDO coach John Farbarik said. "But, then he just stepped up and made some incredibly difficult shots. He thrives under this type of pressure and a lot of golfers don't."

Waltmire's teammate, senior Logan France, the Day 1 leader, fired a 76 and finished tied for fourth with Catalina Foothills' Andrew Gunn at 146. The Falcons' Jeff Siwik was eighth at 148.

Division I

Phoenix Pinncale's Zach Wright followed up his first-round 62 with a 63 on Saturday to win the individual title.

Phoenix Brophy Prep won the team title with a score of 561.

Ironwood Ridge was sixth (579) behind top scorer Austin Sverdrup, who tied for 13th with a two-day score of 141 and tied Tucson High's Anthony Moncada for top finisher by a Southern Arizona player.

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