Well, go ahead and ask Buckaroo senior golfer Jens Brewer what he shot Monday and Tuesday in the state 1A golf tournament held at the St. George Golf Club.
Brewer, in his fourth state tournament for the Buckaroos in his high school years, fired a first round two over par 75 in sunny St George.
Not only was it the best round of his young life, but it was six strokes better than his practice round the Saturday before the tournament and it left him unexpectedly leading the tournament by four strokes.
“It was a lot of fun,“ understated Brewer. “I didn’t golf that well all year,” while chuckling about some swing advice he got before the tournament to tweak his swing a little bit.
“I do have a unique swing, but I didn’t listen,” he acknowledged. “I tried it (the advice) out and duffed every one of my shots.”
So, sticking with the swing he has, Brewer pounded out that 75. And the pressure of leading the tournament?
“Most people get real nervous about those kind of things,” he admitted, “but I just decided to enjoy the moment. I told myself, not many people get this kind of opportunity. I enjoyed the pressure the second day.”
He appreciated the sudden notoriety too, not having ever led a tournament before. “Kids were coming up to me and saying, “So, YOU are Jens Brewer, the kid whose leading the tournament!’ That was fun too.”
The second day was exciting as well, for Brewer, when he shot a 79, his second best ever round at state.
“Coach Chamberlain (Nathan), walked the whole round with me, (the team missed the cut for the second day), and kept me loose, telling me jokes.”
That 79 was good enough for second place to Valley’s Cobe Reck, who fired a one under par 72 on day two to lead his team to the team state title and medalist honors for himself.
“I watched him (Reck) come up 18 and hit one in the water and start pounding his fist on the ground. He was feeling the pressure,” smiled an unperturbed Brewer.
In his four years on the Buckaroo golf team, Brewer was 18th, 17th, seventh and second at the state tournament.
Teammates Makade Maloy (100), Bryson Chamberlain (103), Tanner Holt (103), Justin Cecil (111) and Jared Wells (135) participated in the first day, giving the Bucks eighth place.
Yep, golf can be boiled down to something Bobby Jones once said. “The best exercise for golfers is golfing.”
San Juan lady Bronco golf team placed eighth in the 2A girls tournament on Tuesday at the St. George Golf Club.
Jesse Ivins paced the Bronco golfers with a 97 to place 16th. Hayley Seiter was tied for 29th with a 108, followed by a 120 score shot by Klea Hurst and Devynn Gappmeyer’s 137.
Tiara Cordasco and Troial Gines also played in the 1A girls tournament on Tuesday for the Buckaroos. Cordasco shot a 113 to finished tied for 18th, while Gines shot 146 to finish in 36th place.
Tyler Bird accounted for 18 of the 26 points the MHS Buckaroo track team scored at the 1A state track meet at BYU last Friday and Saturday.
Bird finished his two-day effort with a second in the 3200, third in the 1600 and fifth in the 800. Isaiah Sheeran also scored six points for the Buckaroos with a nice third place finish in the discus.
Carson Duncan garnered one point with an eighth place finish in the discus and the Buckaroo medley relay team got that last Buckaroo point with an eighth place finish. Relay team members were Sheeran, Talon Black, Thomas Anderson and Spencer Squires.
The Buckaroo girls finished 14th, with Kendall Harris placing in three events, the 800 (sixth), the 1600 (eighth) and part of the medley relay team (Harris, Lindsey Crowley, Cambria Welch and Quincey Ryan) who placed sixth. Welch was also an eighth place finisher in the 400.
One more golf quote? “Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a wonderful wife, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air.” – Jack Benny