Written by Mark Griffin
Friday, 03 October 2008 15:43
It seems Torey Brummett can do no wrong when it comes to Toledo Area Athletic Conference golf.
Brummett, Cardinal Stritch’s talented senior, earned his third straight TAAC tournament medalist honor last Friday at Detwiler. He shot a 1-over-par 37 on the front nine but bounced back with a 4-under 31 on the back nine for a winning score of 68.
Brummett, a state qualifer last season, is now the first three-time TAAC tournament champion and he also garnered his third straight conference player of the year honor.
“He’s found a way to get it done every year since his sophomore year,” Stritch coach Dan Sutton said.
Brummett said winning the TAAC title for the third straight year was “unbelievable, knowing your the first one who has ever done it.”
Sutton, the golf pro at Eagles Landing, is quick to point out that Brummett set the school record for nine holes with his 31 at the TAAC tourney. He also set the school mark (68) for 18 holes and rewrote the TAAC nine- and 18-hole scoring records as well.
Brummett’s scoring average is 36.6 this season, a two-stroke improvement from his junior year.
“He’s matured over the past three seasons,” Sutton said. “His swing continues to get better and better. He also has one of the best short games of any high school player I’ve ever seen. He’s got the mentality that he is the world’s greatest putter. The kid makes putts like you can’t believe.
“He’s gotten himself to where, when a tournament comes, this kid is so tournament tough. He’s as tournament tough as it gets.”
Last year, Brummett finished third at the sectional tournament with a 73. He also shot 73 at districts to place second and advance to the Division III state tournament, where he finished 28th.
Brummett and friendly rival Louis Fahrbach of Northwood went head-to-head at the TAAC tournament. Brummett led Fahrbach by one stroke at the turn.
“He’s one of my buddies, but it was definitely going to be me and him,” Brummett said. “I ended up putting him away. It’s always fun playing with him. It’s like our little friendly rivalry. I was putting well. I made everything.”
Putting the ball in the cup once it gets on the green has been a big difference in Brummett’s game over the past few years.
“You have to know you’re going to make it,” he said. “I got that from reading books, for your mental game. It tells you when you get near the hole, you just have to read your line and know it’s going in.”
Stritch’s team placed third at the TAAC tournament, but Brummett said the Cardinals still had a good season.
“Our team goal was to win TAAC,” he said. “Everybody has improved this year and worked real hard. We lost a lot of talent from last year and everybody stepped it up this year and worked hard on their games. We turned out pretty good — better than what was expected.”
The Division III sectional was at Green Hills in Clyde, but at district the 6-2 Brummett failed to reach his goal of getting back to the state tournament.
“I’m playing the best I’ve ever played,” he said. “The state tournament was definitely my final goal, but I definitely have to take it one step at a time. You can look at what you did last year, but you know if you have one bad nine, it can ruin it all.”