Coming off a 3-putt bogey, Blue Valley North sophomore Cameron Rosenberg was eager to erase the blunder from his memory on the 183-yard, 12th hole at Auburn Hills in the Kansas Class 6A boys golf tournament.
Rosenberg choked up on a 6-iron and fired one against the wind aimed directly at the hole, which was hidden by a slope in front of the green.
“I still couldn’t see it when I was walking up, so I was a little nervous maybe it was over the green,” Rosenberg said. “But then I walked up there and looked in the hole and saw my ball and it was just this rush of excitement.”
Rosenberg’s hole in one Monday spurred him to a team-best round of 71 and a fourth-place overall finish. He also led the Mustangs to a team score of 294 and a 3-stroke victory over Shawnee Mission East for the 6A championship.
It’s safe to say that 3-putt bogey will now be an afterthought.
“It feels amazing to be able to help my team out in the biggest tournament,” said Rosenberg, who led the team in scoring for the first time this season. “I had a lot of confidence coming in from the way I was practicing, so it feels good to be able to put one solid round together.”
BV North led 6A in scoring average for most of the season, and its usual suspects were solid again on Monday, with Jack Lee shooting a 73 and Ryan Bender, Davis Cooper, and Jake Theiss all coming in with 75s.
Rosenberg’s score proved to be the difference to edge defending champion SM East.
“We’ve been consistent all year long and we’ve had a good mix of guys stepping up each week,” BV North coach Mark Turrentine said. “I know the boys are really excited for this to be able to represent their school and bring home another title.”
Garden City sophomore Sion Audrain won a playoff against Shawnee Mission East’s Thomas Luger for the individual honors after both fired 2-under rounds of 70. Audrain won the first playoff hole with a par after Luger missed his putt for par.
“I had the same putt in regulation and it went straight, but this time it bounced a little and didn’t go down,” Luger said. “It kind of stinks right now, but overall I was pretty happy with how I played and it was a pretty cool experience.”