A championship four years in the making came to fruition for Sabino's Billy Comeaux on Tuesday afternoon at Silverbell Golf Course.
Comeaux capped off his high school career with an even-par two-day score of 140 to clinch the Division II title by two strokes. He approached the winner's table, collected his first-place ribbon and smiled. No fist pumps; no celebrating or theatrics.
"That's Billy," Sabino coach Rod Allen said. "Billy is Billy. If he didn't win today, he'd go out and say, 'Let's try it again tomorrow.'"
Comeaux, who played varsity for the Sabercats all four years, had never cracked the top 20 in three previous state tournaments.
On Tuesday, Comeaux not only won with a 1-over 71, he knocked off defending champion Jaime Waltmire to do it. Waltmire, a Canyon del Oro senior, ended in a five-way tie for fifth with a 143 total.
"He played really well today," Waltmire said of Comeaux. "He's a good guy, and he deserved it."
Though humble, Comeaux knows he deserved it, too. He trained extra hard in the offseason in an effort to take his game to the next level.
"I might have taken like two days off all summer," Comeaux said.
As a result, "every facet of his game improved," Allen said.
"It wasn't one main thing that he was lacking. Everything just elevated itself," Allen added. "He's got a lot of upside potential, and that's what's exciting to see. He can even be better than this."
Waltmire, whom CDO coach Jon Farbarik called "maybe the most decorated player I've ever had," entered the day one stroke behind Comeaux.
"I was in perfect position," Waltmire said. "I just had to play a decent round. I just missed a couple short putts, really. That's about it."
The Dorados as a team shot 289 on Monday and entered Round 2 just three strokes behind Phoenix Thunderbird (286).
Much like Waltmire on an individual level, the Dorados collectively played well Tuesday - just not well enough to make a move.
Thunderbird edged CDO 571-578 for the team title, ending the Dorados' string of two consecutive titles. It was Thunderbird's third title but its first since 1991.
CDO's Frankie Wu (10th place, 144) and Salpointe Catholic's Trent Terry (fifth place, 143) each carded a 69 on Tuesday, tying for the low round of the day.
Of the logjam atop the leaderboard, Sabino's Allen said: "It showed what a level playing field Divison II has, at least. It was a great tournament. There was nobody running downhill. It was fun."
At Aguila Golf Course in Laveen, Ironwood Ridge followed its opening-round score of 304 with a 296 on Tuesday.
The Nighthawks' final score of 600 was good for eighth overall. Cienega, the only other local team that qualified in Division I, finished at 620.
Nighthawks senior Kevin Goldstein shot a 70 on Tuesday after an opening-round 80. Teammate Frankie Ortiz fired a 73.
All games Friday, 7 p.m.
• No. 12 Sierra Vista Buena at No. 5 Mesa Red Mountain
• No. 16 Scottsdale Notre Dame at No. 1 Salpointe Catholic
• No. 14 Prescott at No. 3 Ironwood Ridge
• No. 13 Sahuaro at No. 4 Peoria Centennial
• No. 9 Mountain View at No. 8 Cienega
• No. 14 Nogales at No. 3 Sabino
• No. 11 Peoria Sunrise Mountain at No. 6 Sahuarita
• No. 12 Empire at No. 5 Goodyear Estrella Foothills
Division II quarterfinals, Thursday
• No. 12 Glendale Deer Valley at No. 4 Ironwood Ridge, 7 p.m.
Division III first round, Friday in Prescott Valley
• No. 10 Cottonwood Mingus vs. No. 7 Catalina, noon
• No. 15 Empire vs. No. 2 Tuba City, 2 p.m.
Division IV first round, Thursday in Prescott Valley
• No. 14 Tanque Verde vs. No. 3 Scottsdale Christian, 7 p.m.
Division V first round, Friday in Prescott Valley
• No. 9 St. Augustine vs. No. 8 St. David, 8 a.m.
• No. 12 Phoenix Christian vs. No. 5 Desert Christian, 8 a.m.
Division IV semifinals, Friday at Gilbert Campo Verde
• No. 5 Payson vs. No. 1 Desert Christian, 7 p.m.
Division IV championship game, Saturday at Gilbert Campo Verde
• No. 2 Lakeside Blue Ridge vs. No. 1 Desert Christian