Mesa Red Mountain shot par in the second round, led by individual top finisher Jeff Eggen, en route to an 11-stroke victory Saturday in the Brophy College Preparatory Invitational at Scottsdale’s Grayhawk Golf Club.
Red Mountain, which was behind by five strokes to host Brophy following Friday’s nine-hole round, shot 13 strokes better than secondplace finisher Tucson Salpointe over the final 18 holes for its second team victory in as many weeks.
“The kids played solid. We improved a bit, but we have a ways to go,” said Red Mountain coach Steve Ross.
Eggen (3-under-par 105) won individual honors by virtue of a tiebreaker over Phoenix Mountain Pointe’s Cameron Edens. Eggen was one stroke better than Edens on the final three holes to win the tiebreaker. Edens pulled even with Eggen by virtue of his 4-under round of 68, the best round in the event.
“This is a pretty big tournament. I just hit it really well from tee to green,” said Eggen, who was 1 under after the tournament’s first nine holes Friday.
Eggen said it was the second-best performance of his life; he finished fourth in the state finals last year.
Red Mountain’s Dean Espy (1 under) and Hamilton’s Andrew Yun (1 under) were the only other golfers to finish under par for the tournament. Red Mountain’s Richie Kernagis shot a 1-over 73 to finish at 3 over for the tournament, and freshman Bobby Lee Robinson shot a 2-over 74 to complete the Mountain Lions’ card.