Not even a steady downpour that got progressively worse Wednesday could alter what City League coaches believed to inevitable.
Sure enough, Kapaun Mount Carmel wrapped up another City League boys golf title in a tournament shortened to nine holes at Tex Consolver Golf Course.
“They played pretty good in the monsoon,” Crusaders coach Corey Novascone said afterward.
As has been the case in each league tournament this year, the Crusaders topped the pack, recording a 155. Bishop Carroll was second for the fourth time in five league tournaments at 161. Heights, runner-up May 4 at MacDonald Golf Course, was third at 167.
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It was a familiar scenario, as Kapaun’s senior-laden squad went 1-2 individually, with its other two tying for eighth.
Matt Wells and Alex Graf each shot 1-over 37 for Kapaun, with Wells winning the medalist tiebreaker by having a lower score on a designated hole.
Carroll got a 38 from junior Bobby Armstrong and a 39 from senior Steven Harshberger, but once again the Golden Eagles couldn’t overtake Kapaun.
Novascone – who guided the Crusaders to the Class 5A title in his first season last year – was pleased with the league title, but said he still can’t figure out this year’s team.
“It’s been real difficult this year,” he said. “I’m not sure what has been going on, but the team really hasn’t clicked, so I’m looking forward to the team really clicking these last couple of weeks and it helps when we get a victory here at the City League.”
The next test will be Monday’s 5A regional at Auburn Hills.
“We’re going to work really hard in these next couple of weeks and figure out how we’re going to get our fourth state (title) in a row,” Novascone said. “We’re going to really draw on that senior leadership to lead us to regionals and state. I’ve been on them pretty darned hard this year.”
Even though Wells and Graf had the low scores Wednesday, Kapaun’s success has been by committee to a degree, Novascone said.
“It’s been everybody,” he said. “It’s been a huge team effort. We’re going to be looking for the third and fourth scorer (because) we need third and fourth scorers to win at state. It’s going to be tough.”
For Wells, whose older sister Katie won a City League individual title in 2011 at Auburn Hills, it’s all part of the family tradition.
“Yeah, she still lets me know that sometimes,” Matt Wells said. “Golf’s been a big part of our family ever since we were little. I’m just glad to be able to follow in my sister’s footsteps and win city.”
Matt said he tried to ignore the conditions and concentrate on making shots.
“Hitting the shots I needed to and taking into account the wetness,” he said. “It wasn’t too bad the first seven holes, but (the final two holes) I just had to play through it.”
City League Boys Golf Championship
1. Kapaun Mount Carmel, 155 (Matt Wells 37, Alex Graf 37, Alec Wilbert 40, Jared Burns 41); 2. Bishop Carroll, 161 (Bobby Armstrong 38, Steven Harshberger 39, Luke Brugman 42, Kirk Murphy 42); 3. Heights, 167 (Luke Gannon 39, Zach Pitcher 41, Dylan Jensen 43, Caleb Plumlee 44); 4. East, 182 (Taylor May 43, Shamir Khan 43, Elliot White 44, Daniel Kaufman 52); 5. Northwest, 192 (Malcolm Graham 40, Siggi Einarsson 47, Tyler Fisher 51, Andrew Adams 54); 6. North, 208 (Eli Parmenter 48, Caleb Woodson 52, Cody Collier 54. Taylor Thompson 54); 7. Southeast, 212 (Grant Jamis 51, Chris Vuong 52, Thorne Bogk 54, James Cotton 55, Chance O’Connor 56); 8. West, 227 (Jonah Barrager 50, Jacob McCray 57, Taylor Hernandez 58, Braeden Hernandez 62).
Wells (won tiebreaker); 2. Graf; 3. Armstrong; 4. Harshberger; 5. Gannon; 6. (tie) Graham, Wilbert; 8. Pitcher, Burns, Mickey Boulanger (KMC).