JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Carson Brewer had never experienced a golf season like this before.
He knew quite a few players from the Ponte Vedra squad, but this year Brewer was at the forefront of history. Florida State’s junior signing and All-News4JAX Male Golfer of the Year helped the Sharks win their fifth straight state title. This championship, Ponte Vedra’s seventh, broke the tie with Nease and Tampa Plant for the most in Florida history.
Brewer, who transferred from Providence, said the experience was unlike anything he had experienced on the high school tour because of the way things turned out.
âIt was my first state championship, obviously. And it was very different. â¦ A very different vibe and feelings in the team just because you have a lot of faith in your teammates and are going to play well in every tournament this season, âsaid Brewer. âAnd I’ve also kind of learned to trust the team and know that they’re going to do their part as well as I do. So a lot of confidence in the team.
Just to earn a place in Ponte Vedra’s top four is a tough task, let alone being the best golfer on the team. Brewer, one of the three new faces of the Sharks (Rohan Singh and Brock Blais were the others) has become this player.
Coach Mickey Leapley called Brewer’s arrival and integration into the squad a “natural transition.” He had the team’s lowest 18-hole average score (71.1) and went to 5 under 67 to win regional medalist honors.
One word Brewer leans on in conversation is trust. And it’s easy to see why. Singh’s average score was 73.3. Blais was at 72.6. Danny Erickson was 71.8 and Jack Barned’s was 74.2. With such low 18-hole averages, Brewer said he naturally had to play his best every time just to get a talented lineup. And if he had a day off, Brewer knew his teammates would react.
Erickson and Brewer both finished T-4 in the State Class 3A tournament with 5 of 149 as the Sharks beat Tallahassee Chiles by six strokes for the title.
âJunior golf, you are on your own. It’s individual and it’s up to you. But like I said, with the team, I had a lot of confidence that the team would do well. So I was almost able to take the pressure off myself just because I could trust the team would do well. And then we would be able to post a good enough score to win.
Men’s golf team All-News4JAX
Golfer, School, Year
Brock Blais, Ponte Vedra, Jr.
Why he is here: Went 75-81 to finish 12 of 156 and T-33 in the Class 3A State Championship winning season. Third in the region at 69 and tied for medalist honors at 68 in the district.
Danny erickson, Ponte Vedra, Jr.
Why is he here: Selection of the first All-News4JAX team twice. Went 75-74 for 5 of 149, tied for fourth place in the state. Third in the District at 69. T-6 in the District at 72. The 12-game, 18-hole average of the season was 71.75.
Carson Brewer, Ponte Vedra, Jr.
Why is he here: All-News4JAX Boys Golfer of the Year. Averaged 71.1 points in 18 hole games this season and helped the Sharks win a fifth straight state title. I went 77-72 (5 of 149) for T-4 to state. Region champion with 67. Shot on 68 in the district tied for medalist honors. Florida State Commitment.
Rohan singh, Ponte Vedra, Jr.
Why is he here: T-2 in the district with a 69. T-6 in the area with a 72. Went 71-81 (8-over 152) for T-19 in the State Class 3A tournament. Played in 10 18-hole games this season, averaging 73.3 in those.
Cody tucker, Bishop Kenny, Jr.
Why is he here: Drawn 79-82 (17-over 161) for the T-23 at the State Tournament. District and regional champion with 72.
Golfer, School, Year
Ty folsom, Columbia, Sr .: T-6 in area with 72. District runner-up with 68. T-10 in state Class 3A meets 6-over 150.
Camden Goldknopf, Episcopal, So .: Tied for regional medalist honors with a 70. Took 15th place overall (6-over 150).
Nolan harper, Bartram Trail, So. : T-16 in the State Class 3A tournament with a score of 7 of 151. T-13 in the area with 74. Shot on a 69 in the district.
Jackson klauk, Nease, Jr .: Shot 79-76 for 11-over 155 at State Tournament and T-28. Area runner-up with 68 and shot 72 at district. Shot a 29 in a game at Fleming Island Golf Club.
Andrew McLauchlan, Providence, Sr .: Shot 70-78 (4-over 148) in the State Class 1A Tournament. Had a 73 in the area for T-4. Had a 73 at the district for the third.
Golfer, School, Year
Jack barned, Ponte Veda, Sr.
Chase Carroll, Middleburg, Jr.
Sam davis, Wolfson, Sr.
Jayden diaz, Fletcher, Sr.
Aubrey Fellows, episcopal, 8th
Bryson hughes, Creekside, fr.
Andrew Kunkle, Bolles, Jr.
Alex Lymus, Stanton, Jr.
Henri robard, Episcopal, So.
Miles Russel, Providence, 7th
Brody Stevenson, Bartram Trail, Jr.
Spencer mccranie, Columbia, Jr.
Tanner millar, Fernandina Beach, therefore.
Adam vermut, Wolfson, Sr.
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