Scotus senior Bryce VunCannon used his course knowledge and experience at Elks Country Club to his advantage on a windy day Monday, shooting a 79 and finishing as the runner-up at the Scouts Invite.
Six teams competed at the Scotus Invite in the top division, including cross-town rival Lakeview, but it was Grand Island Central Catholic that finished on top after shooting a team total of 340.
The Shamrocks finished fifth as a team after carding a 362, and the Vikings took sixth with a 401.
"I thought Bryce did a really good job," said Scotus head coach Tyler Swanson after the invite. "He grinded out his round. I was out there for a few of his holes, and he didn't hit a lot of great shots from his irons and off the tee, but he got himself in positions where he could still get par.
"Shooting what he did, 7-over over and three shots back, on a day like today when the weather isn't great, there's a lot of high scores and he still shoots in the 70s. That's a testament to how he did."
Wahoo Neumann finished in second with a 343, Oakland-Craig third with a 343 and Elkhorn Mount Michael fourth shooting a 361.
Mount Michael's Luke Gutschewski was the medalist with a score of 76.
Scotus' second-best score came from Cameron Johnston who tallied a 91.
"Overall teamwise, I think Cameron did a good job," Swanson said. "We were all under 100, so that was good, but we do need to be in the 80s if we want to compete for district."
Scotus' Sam Blaser shot a 95, Seth VunCannon finished with a 97 and Drew VunCannon scored 99.
Lakeview had a tie for their top spot. Landon Bignell and Carsten Loseke shot 98s, Jaden Johnson finished with a 102, Logan Jaixen tallied a 103 and Bradyn Kucera scored a 113.
While both Scotus and Lakeview know lower scores are needed to challenge for state as a team, Bryce VunCannon is most likely hoping to do more than just qualify.
"I think his goal is to win a state championship," Swanson said. "State's on his home course (Elks Country Club). He's been out here since he was born. He knows every nook and cranny. I've been saying that all year. That's the goal for him is to probably win it all.
"I think a goal for him also is to get his team to state, to kind of carry them on his back. If those guys can shoot in the mid-80s, we can get maybe a low 80 his 72, 73 is going to cut off some strokes from other teams and might get us there as the third-place team. That's the goal. That's his goal, to win a state title, but also get his teammates and his brothers there to have a chance to play with him."
Columbus High, Scotus and Lakeview also had junior varsity teams compete in the secondary division.
Out of 10 teams, CHS JV took seventh with a 419, Scotus JV ninth with a 448 and Lakeview 10th with a 509.
Fremont Bergan won the secondary division with a 374, and Logan View's Jake Hagerbaumer was the medalist with an 81.
Scotus' Nolan Fleming shot a 95 to take eighth for junior varsity.
Scotus' Jared Beaver shot a 103, Adam Kamrath tallied a 119, Evan Hand carded a 139 and Levi Robertson finished with a 131.
Lakeview's Mason Hinze shot a 116, Tate Smith carded a 122, Greyson Schatz scored a 129 and Cadge Janssen finished with a 142.
Scotus and Lakeview competed in a golf dual on Tuesday at Quail Run Golf Course.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com