Aquinas had the home course, but it was Brookstone’s day again.
The Brookstone boys won the GHSA Class A state title for the third year in a row by blowing away the competition with a 286 team score at Forest Hills Golf Club on Monday. Aquinas came in second with 305, and Lincoln County shot 358 to place 15th.
Individual honors also went to Brookstone, as Parker Derby’s 68 was one stroke better than teammate James Clark’s round.
“It’s just a good feeling,” Derby said. “We played better than I expected to play.”
Derby constantly hit greens and fairways, carding 33 on the back nine. He holed birdies on Nos. 13 through 15, with a 12-foot putt at No. 13 getting him going.
Aquinas’ Patrick Sherlock – the Region 7-A low medalist – was grouped with Derby and was even with him as they made the turn at 35, but Sherlock encountered tree trouble on four holes on the second nine to fall back.
Though he did well with his chipping and putting, some poor drives doomed Sherlock to 42 on the back nine for a round of 77.
“It’s disappointing. We expected more,” said Sherlock, considering Aquinas was on its home course. “But all in all, second is pretty impressive.”
The Fighting Irish earned the second spot with Sherlock, John-Christian Whyte (72), Nix Duncan (78) and Nick Hall (78) all posting better-than-80 rounds.
Whyte finished alone in fifth place individually. He almost got an ace on the par-3 No. 13, then sunk a five-foot birdie putt. He barely missed closing at under par by missing birdie putts on Nos. 17 and 18.
“I’m very thrilled,” Whyte said of his round. “It was perfect – couldn’t have it at a better place.”