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LUTZ -- Halfway through a promising round on a warm, wind-free day at Cheval, Jesuit senior Lucas Trim sliced his tee shot on the par-5 No. 7 into a cluster of cypress trees on the fairway's right edge.
He dropped a provisional ball, but never his head. Instead, Trim (pictured) pulled a 9-iron from his bag and lofted a 140-yard shot to within 2 inches of the cup. Par was saved, and the best nine-hole round of Trim's season -- 2-under 34 -- was forged.
"Definitely the best shot I hit all day," Trim said.
Turned out, the Tigers (14-0) would need every clutch shot they could muster Tuesday. A highly anticipated four-team match featuring fellow unbeaten Newsome ended with Jesuit edging the reigning Class 2A region champions, 147-148. Berkeley Prep was third (165) followed by Cambridge (194).
All four Jesuit scorers eclipsed 40. Trim's 34 was his best nine-hole round of the year, but Coach George LaPenna seemed equally ecstatic over No. 5 player Alec Orosco's 3-over 39. Orosco salvaged an 8 on the par-5 ninth after pulling his second shot into a tree, resulting in an unplayable lie.
"We needed a (No.) 5 or 6 score, and we got it from our (No. 5) player," LaPenna said. "And it could've been a 36. ... He hit one bad shot the whole day."
Newsome (12-1), by contrast, was strikingly consistent in defeat. All four Wolves scorers -- Tyler Bakich, Colin Julian, John Michael Coultas and Brian Allen -- shot 1-over 37.
"I've been looking forward to the match all year," said Trim, an age-group runnerup in this past summer's FSGA Junior Match Play Championship in Naples. "They have a lot of good guys that I know, and you have to play well against them to beat them."
Even through his first six holes, Trim birdied the par-5 No. 9 with a solid lay-up shot and 15-foot putt that rolled a tad left of the cup before curling in. He then birdied the par-5 first hole before saving par on No. 2 -- his final hole of the day -- with a 10-foot putt.
"Except for the first hole, I hit the ball really solid all day," Trim said. "I hit a bunch of greens, gave myself a bunch of looks at birdie, and I made clutch putts when I had to."
Jesuit 147, Newsome 148, Berkeley Prep 165, Cambridge Christian 194
Jesuit (147): Lucas Trim 34, Matt Ruel 35, Joseph Trim 39, Alec Orosco 39
Newsome (148): Tyler Bakich 37, Colin Julian 37, John Michael Coultas 37, Brian Allen 37
Berkeley Prep (165): Jake Britton 39, Daley Donigan 41, Kevin Page 42, Greyson Porter 43
Cambridge Christian (194): Levi Gilcrease 43, Brock Ridell 46, Garrett Patane 51, Matt Brown 54