Cabot’s Connor Gaunt defended his title in the Arkansas High School Overall Golf Championship last week.
Gaunt, a junior, fired three-under-par 69 at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock to hold off Fisher Vollendorf of Fayetteville, who had beaten him to win the Class 7A State Tournament.
“It’s awesome,” Gaunt said. “I came in with the mindset that if I can win it once, I can win it again.”
Gaunt’s bogey-free round included three birdies. He covered the front nine in 34 and the back in 35.
“The key was just not making any bogeys,” he said. “If you can make it around PV without any bogeys, you’ve really done something.”
To win the Overall last year, Gaunt beat Wil Gibson of Jonesboro by one stroke. He was also Class 7A state runner-up as a sophomore last year.
Given the choice, he said he’d rather have the Overall than the Class 7A state title.
“I think that’s a lot bigger tournament,” he said. “I’ve got another year to try to win both.”
Gaunt, the Arkansas State Golf Association Junior Boys Player of the Year for 2017, has committed to Arkansas Tech. After a steady schedule since May, he said he planned to take some time off.
Brett Daughdrill of Jonesboro and Ty Johnson of Clinton tied for third at 75, followed by Chase Vernon of Little Rock Christian and Evan Griffith of Greenwood, 78; Ben Sherman of Jonesboro and Ryan Camras of Hot Springs Lakeside, 80; Cole Myers of Harding Academy, Hank Crain of Prescott and Scott Tabor of Little Rock Catholic, 81; Garrett Covington of Shiloh Christian and Grant Shelman of Hazen, 82; Dalton McGinnis of Deer and Hagen Sanchez of Baptist Prep, 85; Tucker Teague of Little Rock Christian, 86; Ryan Brock of Concord and Tyler Pemberton of Izard County, 87; Andy Milligan of Buffalo Island Central, 89; Colby Light of Spring Hill, 95; and Chandler Fritsche of Booneville, 97.
Elizabeth Moon of Forrest City won the girls tournament with a two-under-par 70. Baptist Prep’s Katelyn Dunstan was runner-up at 73.