To say that Scotus Central Catholic senior Bryce VunCannon grew up on Elks Country Club is no exaggeration.
VunCannon took his first swing on the tee box with his dad around the age of six. When he was 12, Elks became his first employer.
Since then, he estimates that he's probably played 500 or more rounds of golf on his home away from home.
Given all the time on the course, VunCannon, who will be competing in his fourth straight state golf championship on Tuesday and Wednesday at Elks, said he's looking forward to closing his Shamrock career at the place it all started.
"It's nice to be at home and have a lot of people come out and support you," he said. "It's going to be a fun tournament. I'm really excited to compete."
VunCannon placed fifth at state last year shooting a 154. He finished 22nd as a sophomore and 34th as a freshman.
Both the champion and fourth-place medalist from a year ago were members of the Class of 2018. And even if they were still in the running, VunCannon was just two shots away from taking runner-up medalist.
Returning golfers that could prove to give VunCannon competition include Platteview senior Jordan Hart, who finished runner up last year, Omaha Skutt sophomore Charles Zielinski, who tied for third, and Elkhorn Mount Michael sophomore Luke Gutschewsk, who tied for ninth.
VunCannon has built himself into one of the most consistent players in the state thanks to a family rivalry. He said he started with golf because it was the one thing he was better at than his older brother.
"I've always been compared to my older brother," he said. "Even from a young age, I was just better than him (at golf), and so sticking to something that I've never been compared to him is kind of what drove me to stick with golf and really get good at it."
VunCannon also has two younger brother who were both on the Scotus golf team this year. At one point, the three of them were all part of the five-man varsity team.
"In reality I have nothing to lose here," he said. "It's my last tournament. If I do bad, then, so what. I'm just going to go out swinging and try to do my best to be in the top of the field at the end of they day.
"I just want to play my best and be at the point where I can be happy with how I played, practice well and be able to compete and be in the top at the end."
VunCannon tees of at 11:20 a.m. on the first hole.
If there are thunderstorms on Tuesday the tournament could be postponed or condensed to a one-day event.
If VunCannon were to win he would become the second state champion in Scotus history after Brady Vancura's individual championship in 2011.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org