CLEARWATER — Calvary Christian junior Aaron Watson has dealt with debilitating pain in his left shoulder for nearly the entire season.
Friday, Watson received a shot to help alleviate the discomfort.
Four days later he was back on top of his game, shooting even-par 72 at Airco Golf Course to lead the Warriors to their second straight Bay Conference Championship.
"I guess there's some kind of impingement causing the bones to move around," said Watson, who finished with the afternoon's lowest round. "It's really just when I swing, but it's like a shooting pain that just kind of flames up. And then the shoulder kind of pops out, too, sometimes and shifts around. It really wasn't working to go out and play."
Watson bogeyed two of the first four holes but two birdies later in the round brought him to even par.
Watson, who said he will take off the rest of the week to make sure he's fit for Monday's district tournament, edged teammate Matt Brookins by a stroke. Brookins shot the best round of his high school career and came within inches of tying Watson after his 40-foot putt on the final hole (No. 15) fell just short.
"On No. 10 I was 1 under and my principal and athletic director came up and said I was leading," Brookins said. "Then I went bogey, bogey and parred in."
Calvary's team score of 297 was 26 strokes better than Northside Christian (323). Shorecrest was third (324).
In the girls competition, Indian Rocks Christian's Ryan Ashburn and Northside's A.J. Newell each shot 77 to finish as co-champions. Because it was the only school to field a complete girls squad, Northside (325) won the team competition.
No go for North again
Another day, another cancellation of the North county PCAC boys golf tournament.
For two days, afternoon showers have suspended play. Tuesday golfers got through three holes.
The tournament will start at 2:30 p.m. today at the Wentworth Golf and Country Club in Tarpon Springs.