Eagle senior Josh Gliege made a 15-foot putt for birdie on No. 18 at Quail Hollow Golf Course on Wednesday to best Rocky Mountain sophomore Carson Barry for the 5A District Three individual title in a one-hole playoff.
Barry put the pressure on Gliege, a Texas A&M signee, by draining a 20-foot putt for par moments before.
Both golfers carded a 1-under 69 through the first 18 holes.
“I told (Barry) to make it, because I wanted to have to make my putt to win. Sure enough, he did,” Gliege said. “I ended up making mine, but it sat on the lip for probably six or seven seconds, just waiting, hanging over, and then it finally fell and everyone went crazy. That was kind of cool. I’ve never had that happen before.”
While defending state champion Gliege came away with the individual victory, Barry’s Grizzlies collected their second consecutive team title.
Behind Barry’s second-place finish, sophomore Sam Tidd was third (71), junior Ranger Downs was fourth (73) and senior Henry Bernard was seventh (76).
The Grizzlies (9-over 289) came in 20 strokes ahead of second-place Boise (309).
“We haven’t really messed with our lineup. We’ve found success in where we are at, and the guys all know their job,” Rocky Mountain coach Mike McCrady said. “They’ve lost their ego with regard to ‘Well, I’m playing No. 1.’ Now, it’s just go out and win. Whatever it takes.”
Eagle, which has won six straight state team titles, came in third at 312, and Vallivue (327) and Borah (336) also qualified for the state tournament Monday and Tuesday at BanBury in Eagle.
“We didn’t beat Rocky Mountain all of last year until the very last day of state,” Gliege said. “It’s a lot like it is this year. We haven’t played our best golf yet, but I think even though we didn’t play great today that we can turn it around and go get ’em here in five or six days and try to win our seventh (state title).”
HOMEDALE BOYS, WEISER GIRLS WIN 3A TITLES
The Homedale boys (350) won by 65 strokes over second-placed Weiser (415) at River Bend Golf Course in Wilder.
Weiser took first on the girls side, qualifying for next week’s state tournament at River Birch Golf Course in Star.
Fruitland’s Jake O’Neil shot a 73 to win the boys individual championship by six strokes over Homedale’s Chase Martell.
Emmett’s Jessica Lyter, last year’s state runner-up, finished out front for the girls with an 87.