After winning the Class 5A individual state championship three years ago, Kapaun Mount Carmel senior golfer Max Lazzo found himself mired in inconsistency.
Tuesday afternoon at the City League Championship, Lazzo finally got over the last bump in the road of his high school career.
Shooting an even par 70, Lazzo defeated teammate David Auer on the first playoff hole at Clapp Park to win the City League Championship.
"I'm almost shaking, I'm so excited," Lazzo said. "It's good to go out with a victory."
For Auer, it's the third straight season he has finished second, but his score Tuesday was his best of the spring, which was an encouraging sign with the postseason approaching.
"My hats off to Max," Auer said. "The way he played down the stretch... what can I do? I hit the ball as well as I could today."
Auer actually jumped out to the fast start, playing the first six holes in 2-under, but he made bogey on seven and eight.
Lazzo birdied five, bogeyed six and made seven other pars on the front nine.
"I was trying to attack today," Auer said. "I hit the ball really well and I really don't have any complaints."
The final few holes weren't without drama.
Heading into the par 5 15th, Auer was 1-under, while Lazzo was even.
Auer hit a perfect drive, splitting the fairway, and then laid up. His approach shot landed left of the flag, but trickled off the green. His chip went five feet past the hole and he missed the par putt.
Lazzo played the hole the same way as Auer, with a good drive and laying up for his third shot. However, his approach shot landed eight feet below the hole and he made the birdie putt and moved into a tie for the lead.
While Auer closed with three pars, Lazzo made life very stressful for himself.
He seemingly had the tournament won after he holed out for eagle on 16, giving himself a two stroke lead, but followed that with a double bogey on 17.
Both players made testy par putts on 18.
"After the eagle, I knew I was two up and needed to make a couple of pars," Lazzo said. "I didn't go one shot at a time on 17 and made double. But I was real proud of myself to make a ten foot putt for par on 18 just to get in the playoff."
On the first playoff hole (No. 10), Auer's drive found the fairway, while Lazzo went left into the trees. Both players hit their second shots long, to set up testy downhill pitch shots.
Lazzo drained a 10-foot putt for par, while Auer couldn't knock his putt down.
Team Results — Kapaun Mt. Carmel286 (Lazzo 70, Auer 70, Gebert 71, Cantele 75, Engel 78, Glasgow 81), Bishop Carroll 302 (Childs 71, Iseman 75, Hoefling 78, Dreiling 78, Peter 78, Swisher 81), Northwest 326 (Campos 79, Weaver 80, Bishop 83, Hudson 84, Pierce 87, Huff 95), East 343 (Shelley 80, Charles 81, Wagner 91, Pepoon 91, Melfi 93, Heady 99), Southeast 356 (Clark 82, Rhodes 83, Goodman 91, Burgess 100, Mercer 104, Wiebe 110), North 384 (Aguilera 87, Donner 94, Mueller 100, Ingram 103, Tatum 109), Heights 392 (West 87, Hamilton 98, Johnson 101, Rathbun, Teague 110), South 468 (Donlay 87, Shepard 123, Cooper 127, Aiken 131, Warden 136)
Individual — 1. Lazzo, KMC 70; 2. Auer, KMC 70; T3. Childs, BC 71; T3. Gebert, KMC 71; T5. Iseman, BC 75; T5. Cantele, KMC 75; T7. Engel, KMC 78; T7. Hoefling, BC 78; T7. Peter, BC 78; T7. Dreiling, BC 78; 11. Campos, NW 79; T12. Shelley, E 80; T12. Weaver, NW 80.
First team: Kapaun, AJ Gebert; Kapaun, Jack Cantele; Bishop Carroll,Caleb Childs; Kapaun, David Auer; Kapaun, Max Lazzo; Bishop Carroll Alex Iseman.
Second team: Heights, Hunter Leichner; Northwest, David Campos; Kapaun, Kory Glasgow; Bishop Carroll, Cooper Hoefling; Bishop Carroll, Luke Peter; Bishop Carroll, Ben Dreiling/
Honorable Mention: East, Ryan Shelley; Kapaun, James Engel; Southeast, Tyler Clark; East, Kyle Charles; Bishop Carroll, Austin Swisher; Kapaun, Luke Campbell; Northwest, Collin Pierce; Bishop Carroll, Weston Loehr; Northwest, Nick Weaver; Bishop Carroll, Nate Hoffman; North, Kyle Wright; Northwest, Robby Hudson.