FLINT – Powers Catholic’s home cooking gave the rest of the teams in the Charger Invitational a case of indigestion Monday afternoon at Flint Golf Club.
The Chargers, playing on their home course, won the inaugural event by shooting 318 to finish 10 shots in front of runner-up Chelsea and 14 in front of third-place Davison.
“That was a good win,” said Powers coach Bob Beach. “Nothing like good home cooking, you know? It was a very good field, a very strong field, and our kids played very well today as you can see under kind of tough conditions with the wind.
“The wind was brutal today. That usually drives scores up. But a lot of the kids preformed like there was no wind at all today.”
Powers junior Robert Burns and Lake Orion freshman Connor Fox shared medalist honors by shooting 1-over-par 73. Reed Murray of Chelsea was one stroke back at 74.
This was the second straight week Burns finished atop the leaderboard in a major tournament. Last Monday, he shot a sizzling 4-under-68 at Warwick Hills to win the Grand Blanc Invitational by seven shots.
The difference between the two rounds was putting.
He putted well in the Charger Invitational, needing 30 strokes on the greens, but he blistered the greens at Warwick Hills with just 24 putts.
“Hit the driver well, irons were good, I just putted better than I have the last week,” Burns said. “(Winning) means a lot. Team finished first so that was good.”
Fox was threatening to run away from the field as he was 4-under-par through nine holes. But then he began thinking too far ahead and played the final nine in 5-over.
He finished with four birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey.
Still, it was hard to complain after finished tied atop the leaderboard on such a windy day.
“It was swirling a lot,” he said. “Balls were flying a little weird. The greens were pretty firm. I started really well. I had a rough finish.”
Rounding out the top 10 individuals were Davison senior Ryan Bougie with 76; Warren De La Salle freshman Max Teschendorf with 78; Grand Blanc freshman Tyler Brody and Grosse Pointe South sophomore Thomas Ciconte with 79s; and Powers’ senior Luke Cramer, De La Salle junior Collin Urbas, Lapeer senior Colin O’Dean, Grosse Pointe South’s Brennan Sullivan with 80s.
Rounding out the Powers lineup were senior Chris Jones with 81, junior Dylan Antia with 84 and junior Kyle Barbour with 94.
Rounding out the top 10 teams were Grosse Pointe South (334), De La Salle (3360, Lakeland (338), Grosse Ile (339), Grand Blanc (342), Midland Dow (342) and Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (343).
There were 24 teams in the field.
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