It sounds simple and even a little clichéd, but all Sabino's Billy Comeaux wanted to do Monday during the first day of the Division II state golf tournament at Silverbell was play well and have fun.
Playing in his fourth state tournament, the Sabercats senior has never played as well as he would have liked at the state meet. He finished tied for 22nd last season, his best finish at state.
"This is my last chance, and I just wanted to come out and hit some good shots and give myself a chance," Comeaux said.
He's done that - and more.
Comeaux carded a 1-under-par 69 on Monday and is the leader heading into today's final round. He'll tee off today at 9:14 a.m., looking for a state championship.
"I don't want to think about it too much," Comeaux said. "I'm not going to put my life on it. I'm just going to go out there and have some fun."
Comeaux has a one-shot lead over Canyon del Oro's Jaime Waltmire, who fired an even-par 70. Waltmire is the defending champion.
Salpointe Catholic's Ryan Tanner is two strokes back at 71. CDO's Chris Meyers and Eric Wu each shot a 72 as did Sabino's Joel Berkson.
Phoenix Thunderbird had two players (Jake Chanen and Dan Starzinski) card 71s and lead the team portion of the meet by three strokes. Thunderbird sits at 286. Two-time defending champion Canyon del Oro carded a 289.
"We were three strokes behind them earlier this year at a tournament in Phoenix and we came back and beat them by three strokes on the second day and won the tournament on a scorecard tiebreaker," CDO coach John Farbarik said. "So, we're three strokes down again and we'll see what happens.
CDO has a six-stroke lead on Scottsdale Notre Dame (295) and Phoenix Sunnyslope is at 302.
For Southern Arizona schools, Salpointe Catholic is at 304, Sabino is at 307 and Nogales fired a 322.
Phoenix Arcadia's Tom Czerwinski provided the highlight of the day when he connected on a hole-in-one on the par-3 12th hole.
At the Aguila Golf Course in Laveen, Ironwood Ridge's Eric Barna and Cienega's Zach Emerson carded the two best scores for Southern Arizona golfers with a 72.
They are tied for eighth overall.
The Nighthawks and Bobcats each scored 304 as a team - tied for eighth.
Emerson's teammate, David Rauer, shot a 74.
The final round begins this morning at 8:30.
Golf results, as well as volleyball and football state schedules / B5