FORT WAYNE – When Brett Reuille advanced to today’s Warsaw boys golf regional at Stonehenge Golf Club, his emotion was more one of relief than exuberance.
It’s a relief, honestly, said the Wayne junior, who shot a 3-over 75 in the sectional at Chestnut Hills Golf Club on Friday.
It was the seventh-best score of the day but the best among individuals on non-advancing teams.
I came one stroke away from advancing during my freshman year and last year, I blew up, said Reuille, who shot a 6-over 78 in the 2012 sectional at Brookwood Golf Club and a 98 last year at Chestnut Hills.
To be able to actually get out of sectionals is a big relief. I knew I could do it, but it was about coming through in the clutch.
Today’s regional is stocked with talent, including sixth-ranked Bishop Dwenger, NorthWood, Homestead, Leo, Columbia City and Warsaw.
Oh yeah, that will be a different challenge (at Stonehenge), said Homestead’s Chris Eigner, who shot a 71 at Chestnut Hills and lost to Dwenger’s John Hope in a playoff for medalist honors.
It’s links-style course and a lot different than Chestnut.
Dwenger, the area’s only ranked team, is the favorite after winning its seventh sectional in nine years with a 3-over 291 at Chestnut Hills. Leo was impressive, too, with a 304 at Noble Hawk Golf Links in Kendallville, while Columbia City won at Warsaw’s Rozella Ford Golf Club with a 299.
There’s some good talent in the area, but I feel like the really good talent is a little more south, Dwenger’s Spencer Gillig said. But there are good teams here, and we’re excited about competing against it.
Reuille will likely do something today that he didn’t last week – use his driver – because Chestnut Hills puts more of a premium on accuracy than length, which isn’t necessarily the case at Stonehenge.
I didn’t hit my driver. I took my 4-iron on every hole and it paid off, Reuille said. I put the ball in play. I was able to hit the ball on the green.
Since last year, Reuille has made improvements around the green. He credited practice with helping him advance to regionals.
I’ve worked on short game almost exclusively, he said. That’s really where you have to shine. If you get the short game down, that’s where you score.
Reuille’s brother, Wes, was one of the area’s best players when he was at Wayne, winning SAC and sectional championships and advancing to the state finals in 2007.
He recently graduated from IUPUI.
I was always trying to beat him, Brett Reuille said. That’s always been our competitive edge, even though we’re six years apart. I’ve always been wanting to get one up on him.