Boys Varsity Golf · Boys Golf Wins 3A Team Title

LAKELAND — It was a consistent inconsistent day for Bartow High School’s Brady Godwin — at least on the green — but when the dust settled, Godwin finished at even-par 72 as the low medalist by two strokes on Tuesday in the Class 3A, District 9 tournament at Cleveland Heights.

George Jenkins’ Ty Jenkins and Winter Haven’s Andrew Walker were two shots back at 2-over 74. Jenkins was the low medalist for the Eagles, who won the team competition. George Jenkins shot 318 to win by 31 strokes over Bartow.

Godwin’s 72 matched his score last week when he won the county tournament, which also was at Cleveland Heights, but his rounds were different. In Tuesday’s district tournament, Godwin made four birdies and an eagle, which usually means a round under par, but he also had six bogies.

“It could have been really good if my putting was better,” Godwin said. “I three-putted a few holes. I hit it really good though.”

Godwin said he left putts short on most of the the holes he three-putted, struggling most on the par-3s. The only par 3 he didn’t bogey was No. 9 on the A course. The result of the inconsistent putting was that he went 36-36 so he was around par the entire round.

At the county tournament last week, on a wetter course, he made mostly pars in putting together that round of 72.

“It was a lot different than today,” he said.

The easiest hole was No. 5 where three of Godwin’s foursome all eagled the hole. George Jenkins’ Brady Witmyer and Walker had the other two. Godwin hit his driver off the tee the used a hybrid on his approach to put the ball four feet from the pin.

Despite the inconsistent putting, Godwin is confident where his game is at heading into regionals, which also will be at Cleveland Heights on Monday.

“I’m hitting it really good,” he said. “If I can hit my putts a little better, I think I can go really low. So I’m pretty confident in my game right now.”

Putting, he said, is always up and down, but he’s looking forward to next week’s regional tournament. Last year, he shot 76 at regionals and came up short in qualifying for state.

“Hopefully this year will be the year,” he said. “That’s been a goal ever since I was a freshman. I’ve always wanted to make it to state. I feel like this year, I have a good chance if I’m still playing like I am.”

In the team competition, it was George Jenkins’ seventh consecutive district title.

“I’m pleased,” George Jenkins coach Paul Weaver said. “It’s a good way to send off this crew of seniors.”

Jenkins, Brady Witmyer and Evan Wierer are the team’s three seniors. Witmyer, the team’s No. 1 player, shot 78. Wierer, who doesn’t always play in the top five, won the No. 5 spot recently and shot 82.

“Ty had a great round,” Weaver said. “Brady’s been struggle a little off the tee. We’ve got a week to work it out.”

Bartow shot 349 to edge Winter Haven for second place by two strokes. The top three teams advance to regionals.