PHOENIX — Southern Arizonans finished first, second and third in the boys Division II state golf championships Tuesday, with Canyon del Oro’s Chris Meyers taking home the title.
The senior shot an 8-under 136 at Aguila Golf Course, finishing six strokes ahead of Salpointe Catholic’s Trevor Werbylo in the two-round tournament. Catalina Foothills’ Gavin Cohen shot a 147, 11 strokes behind the lead and tied for third place.
“I managed to shoot a really good score (in the first round),” Meyers said. “So after my round I practiced for about 30 minutes and really worked on some things and I think it helped me shoot just as well (Tuesday).”
Meyers, who is headed to Stanford, shot 4-under par in both rounds.
Though he won convincingly, Meyers entered the final round just one shot ahead of Werbylo. Meyers teed off right behind the Lancer but said he was only focused on his game.
In the second round, Meyers hit par on 14 holes and made four birdies. Werbylo ran into some trouble on holes 11 and 12, where he shot back-to-back bogeys. That left Werbylo four shots behind Meyers and fighting to just stay under par.
“Started struggling a bit on the back nine,” Werbylo said. “Had a bad tee shot and missed a short putt on 12 that put me in a tough spot.”
Cohen worked his way back into the top three after dropping to fifth following a double bogey on 13. But a late birdie gave Cohen a score of 3-over par and put three Tucson golfers on top of the leaderboard.
“Tucson golf has definitely evolved over the past couple years,” Cohen said. “And we all know each other, so for us to come up here and maybe make a statement is awesome.”
As for the team standings, Canyon del Oro finished second with a score of 34-over par and Catalina Foothills came in third, five strokes behind the Dorados.
Phoenix Thunderbird claimed the team state championship with ease. The Chiefs ended the tournament 18-over by shooting just 4-over par in the second round.
Werbylo’s Lancers took seventh by shooting 65-over par. Also representing Southern Arizona was Sabino, which claimed 10th place with a score of 84-over.