Varsity Extra golf: Eagle boys continue winning tradition

The trophy case is getting crowded for the four-time defending 5A state champs.

rroberts@idahostatesman.comMay 7, 2014 

Winning is one thing the Eagle High boys golf team does well.

For the eighth time in nine seasons, the Mustangs won the 5A District Three Tournament, putting them in position to claim a fifth consecutive state title next week.

Four of Eagle's five golfers finished in the top 10, led by senior Chris Carew's 1-over 73 on Tuesday at Warm Springs.

"They push each other to get better, which is fun," Eagle coach Jeff Dunn said. "They have a good competition, but they're also rooting each other on. It makes them better in the long run and makes them good teammates."

Senior Philip Kennedy (74), junior Graysen Huff (75) and senior Colby Dean (77) combined with Carew for a 299 team total, eight strokes ahead of Boise (307). Sophomore Josh Gliege, the Mustangs' No. 1, shot a 79 that didn't count.

"It's competitive. We're all friends and we all want to beat each other," Kennedy said. "At the same time, we all just want to win as a team and continue to dominate."

Carew, Eagle's No. 4 golfer, finished his round earlier in the day and then had to leave for an advanced placement test in English. Carew's round of 73 matched Boise's Guillermo Fairbairn for the lowest score of the day, but since Carew was not available for a playoff, Fairbairn was awarded the title.

"I am so happy. I wasn't really expecting it," said Fairbairn, a senior foreign exchange student from Argentina. "I just came here to do the best I could for the team. To finish winning, it feels good."

Eagle, Boise, Rocky Mountain (314) and Timberline (328) each advance to state next Monday and Tuesday at Highland Golf Course in Pocatello.

The Mustangs have a chance to win a sixth state championship in seven seasons.

"We've got to keep the scores low and hopefully have somebody play pretty well," Gliege said. "Who knows which one of us it could be. It changes every week."

Huff is the defending individual state champion. He beat Dean in a sudden death playoff for last year's title.

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422, Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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