ST. PETERSBURG — It would have been perfectly acceptable, even expected, for Northeast freshman golfer Ryan Mosley to rub his one-stroke victory at the Pinellas County Athletic Conference South County Championship in the face of his brother Neal, a junior on the Vikings team.
Ryan, however, remained tight-lipped about the victory. At least for the moment.
"I won't say anything to him until the next day," Ryan said Monday with a grin.
Ryan's 4-over-par 40 was good enough to tie St. Petersburg's Kyle Chavez for the low round at St. Petersburg Country Club and, together with Neal's 41, helped lead Northeast (174) to a victory over the Green Devils (176).
"He's been playing really well so he's been beating me pretty often," Ryan said of his brother, who is two years older. "But sometimes I beat him."
Ryan overcame double bogey on the first hole to play a solid round, highlighted by birdie on the par-3 No. 5.
"Ryan struggled a bit early in the season but has come on of late, whereas Neal has been very steady all year," Northeast coach Dennis Crider said.
Chavez, a junior, was in the lead at 2 over through six holes, but bogeys on Nos. 7 and 8 left him in a two-way tie for medalist honors. The nine-hole 40 was the second-lowest round Chavez has recorded this season.
"I stayed in the fairway, which is really key to posting a good score," Chavez said. "I sank a couple putts. You have to two-putt here or you're going to be over 40. The greens killed everybody today."
Connor Chambers carded 43 and Shawn Delmontagne added 50 to round out Northeast's scoring. Bobby Musselman (42), Sidney Tran (46) and John Musselman (48) had good rounds for second-place St. Petersburg.
Other low scorers included Brock Jensen (Dixie Hollins) and Keegan Oberer (Lakewood), who each shot 43. Dixie Hollins placed third with 179.
The North County Championship at Wentworth Golf and Country Club in Tarpon Springs was rained out. It was rescheduled for 2 p.m. today.