RIVERVIEW — Riverview senior Ian McConnell stepped to his first tee box Tuesday afternoon at Summerfield Crossings Golf Club woefully deprived of sleep.
About 21/2 hours later, his scorecard remained deprived of a bogey.
Fresh off a prestigious weekend junior tournament in Oklahoma, the Sharks standout birdied two of his final three holes en route to 2-under-par 33 on the back nine.
The effort highlighted a school-record 151 team score for the Sharks (12-0), who watched three players eclipse 40 in a 32-stroke victory over Durant.
"It was kind of a tiring day all around, having to go to school and everything," said McConnell, whose flight landed in Tampa around 1:30 Tuesday morning, seven hours before he had to report to his first class. "But this kind of woke me up a little bit."
On the heels of his encouraging 18th-place finish at the Ping Invitational in Stillwater, Okla., McConnell was nearly flawless on the fairway Tuesday.
He hit his first eight greens — the first four within 15 feet — before watching the streak end when his third shot on the par-5 18th hit the back fringe about 30 feet from the pin.
He chipped in his fourth shot for birdie.
"I've been feeling good all weekend; I was hitting the ball good out in Oklahoma," said McConnell, a Liberty University commitment who seeks his third consecutive district title next week at Summerfield.
"I've been hitting the driver well so I felt good with it. I just started piping it all day and hit the irons really good, too, setting myself up. If I had made a few putts, I would've been in the 20s today."
Indeed, had it not been for a couple of putting and procedural miscues, Riverview might have shattered the team scoring record instead of merely eclipsing it by a stroke.
Senior Connor Murphy finished with 38 that would have been lower had his birdie on No. 10 not been nullified by a two-stroke penalty for having too many clubs in his bag. Senior R.J. Slater added 39 despite four three-putts. Senior Travis Hopson's 41 rounded out Riverview's scoring.
"We've just got to put it all together on one day (next week for districts)," Sharks coach Ron Slater said.