By Richard Smith
West Valley Preps
While the head-to-head battle by two brothers for a state golf title did not quite materialize, the sense that a Lorenz would win proved correct.
Senior Blake Lorenz won the title by shooting a 134 over two rounds Oct. 23 and 24 in Tucson. He finished at nine under for the tournament, one stroke ahead of Tucson Catalina Foothills junior Jake Goode.
“I finished in seventh place last year and I tried not to look at the leaderboard this year,” Blake Lorenz said to Andy Morales of AZPreps365 on Oct. 24. “I was a little nervous starting out, but I just played my game.”
Lorenz maintained tunnel vision in the final five holes, while Goode was in the clubhouse. But the sequence was agonizing for Sunrise Mountain coach Nick Rizer as he watched Lorenz’s lead dwindle from three strokes to one. “As a coach it was real nerve racking, I think I was more nervous than Blake was. He was not looking at the leaderboard so did not know how close it was becoming,” Rizer stated in an email.
In previous years, the Division II championship was played at Randolph North Country Club in Tucson. This year, the competition moved to the two courses at Omni Tucson National.
Rizer said that the day one Catalina Course, was completely new to his team. The Sonoran Course was the site of play Oct. 24 and the Mustangs had seen it once before.
Rizer said he at state, Blake Lorenz showed the ability to consistently hit the fairways with length, allowing him to be successful.
“I could not be more happy for him or more proud of him. Blake is a young man of character and I am so glad that he was able to end his high school career with success on the big stage,” Rizer said.
Sophomore Ben Lorenz was a shot behind his brother, Goode and Phoenix Arcadia sophomore Tucker Clarke, after shooting a 69 Oct. 23. He scored another 69 on Oct. 24 and finished in a third-place tie with Clarke.