RIVERVIEW — The steadiest player at Tuesday’s Class 2A, District 11 tournament might also have been its shakiest, at least at the outset.
A nervous wreck at the Summerfield Crossings first tee, Durant senior Connor Hasson lowered his anxiety and score as the afternoon progressed. Behind a blistering final stretch, Hasson finished with 2-over-par 73 to win the individual title.
“This has been one of my best 18 holes,” said Hasson, who shot 2 under over the final six holes en route to 35 on the back nine. “Not just in high school, but in any tournament play.”
Wharton won the team title with a four-player score of 314, edging Newsome by a stroke and Durant by four. The top three teams, and top three individuals not on those teams, move on to Monday’s Region 4 tournament in Trinity.
It will be the first region appearance for Hasson, a junior whose Irish ancestry is as plain as his rust-colored hair and leprechaun club cover, and teammate Eric Modjeski, who had the luck of the irons on his side.
A skinny 5-foot-8 junior, Modjeski hit a hole-in-one on the No. 8 hole with a 7-iron en route to 80. He said he used the club only because he left his 6-iron on the range.
“As soon as it went in, it was a moment of ‘What?’ ” Modjeski said. “Then I just kind of jumped in the air. I would’ve thrown my clubs but it was districts and I didn’t want to get (disqualified).”
Meantime, Hasson’s effort had more to do with a lethal 3-wood than luck.
On the 526-yard, par-5 18th, Hasson’s tee shot sailed right, landing in front of a grassy hazard and leaving him with a buried lie. Using his 3-wood, he hit a “nice little draw” pin-high on the left side of the green.
After chipping to within 5 feet of the cup, he sank his putt for birdie.
“During the front nine it was kind of a scrambling nine; I wasn’t hitting many greens,” Hasson said. “But on the back nine I really found my swing and started to really hit the ball well and hit a lot of greens and just made a few putts.”
Wharton was sparked in part by No. 4 player Jorge Junquera, a sophomore move-in from Madrid who shot 36 on the back nine en route to 76. No. 3 player Griffin Fuchs added 78, two shots better than No. 1 Paul Demick and No. 2 Balraj Matharu.
Three Newsome players — Brian Allen, Ian Seavey and Ethan Fowler — shot 77 to lead the Wolves.