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Tue. October 4, 2011 | Joey Knight | Email

Jesuit wins, but Crusader enjoys a career day

TEMPLE TERRACE -- If resilience could be tabulated on a scorecard, Tampa Catholic sophomore Ryan Tamashiro would've been the runaway medalist Tuesday at Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club.

But as it stood, his 1-over-par 37 -- a career best for nine holes -- after a disastrous start earned the shaggy-haired 15-year-old a runnerup finish in a tri-match with Jesuit and King.

"It was kind of going downhill," said Tamashiro, 4 over after four holes. "I brought it back."

Jesuit (9-1), runnerup the day before at the Vinoy Classic in St. Petersburg, edged host King by a stroke, 159-160, to take the team title. TC was a close third (164).

Tigers senior Brian Lanoue earned medalist honors with a bittersweet 36. Lanoue, who hit 14 greens in the 18-hole Vinoy tournament but managed only 76, missed four birdie putts within 10 feet Tuesday.

"If I could learn to hit a putt I'd actually be a pretty decent player," Lanoue said.

But the story on this gloriously mild afternoon was Tamashiro (pictured), a 4.0 student who began playing golf less than two years ago.

After a birdie on the par-4 first hole to open the day, Tamashiro four-putted on No. 2 for the first of two consecutive double bogeys then bogeyed the par-3 fourth. At that point, he moved his scorecard from his left pocket to his right.

He birdied Nos. 6, 7 and 8 then nailed a 15-foot putt to save par on his final hole. His best shot: a 6-iron he hit on the 173-yard, par-3 eighth to within 5 feet.

"Because I played here Sunday, I was thinking I have two kind of reachable par-5s coming up that I can probably birdie," Tamashiro said of his abysmal start. "And I knew that No. 6 is a pretty short par-4 where I have a wedge, so it wasn't too bad."

King (6-2) was led by diminutive freshman Ajani Liggins' 38 and reigning Class 2A, District 10 champ Tyler Weed's 39. No other player in the field eclipsed 40.

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