Ryan Brady shot a 1-over-par 73 on Thursday to lead Mullen to a fourth-place team finish in the latest Centennial League Match.
Competing at Saddle Rock Golf Course in Aurora on a scorching late morning and afternoon in the fourth league match in 2021, Brady, a sophomore, turned in 39-34 with four birdies, two on each side, on the 6,941-yard layout. He was bogey-free coming home.
“I hit the ball really well with my irons and hit a lot of irons off the tee,” he said. “And I drove (No.) 15, which was good.”
It led to a two-putt birdie on the par-4, 369-yard hole.
Brady said he was pleased overall with his round, although “I made a couple of mistakes and could have hit it better.”
Over his previous four rounds, Brady is an aggregate 2-over.
He was backed by junior Ethan Karr and senior Ben Hawes, who each shot 80 to help forge a five-way tie for 17th. Karr went 40-40 with a birdie on 11 and Hawes was 37-43, hindered by a triple-bogey 8 on the par-5 No. 11.
Jack Newton was 24th with an 85 and Brodie Reister 25th with an 86.
Mullen scored 318. Arapahoe won with 274, some 14-under.
The Mustangs will have Centennial Match No. 5 on Monday, Sept. 13, 8 a.m. shotgun start at Littleton G.C., before wrapping up the regular season with their traditional showing in a tournament in Keystone. Hard as it may be to believe, regional rounds will follow shortly, Sept. 25, in Montrose.
The Class 4A state tournament will be Oct. 4-5 at the newly refurbished City Park G.C.
CENTENNIAL LEAGUE MATCH NO. 5
At Saddle Rock G.C., Aurora
Team scores – Arapahoe 274, Cherry Creek 297, Grandview 310, Mullen 318, Cherokee Trail 320, Eaglecrest 341,
Mullen individuals – 5. Ryan Brady 73; 17. (tie) Ethan Karr and Ben Hawes 80; 24. Jack Newton 85; 25. Brodie Reister 86.
In suffering just their second loss in 2021, the Mustangs lost a tight one to visiting Regis Jesuit, 25-22, 25-22, 25-21, at Hutchison Fieldhouse.
With the nonleague setback, Mullen is 6-2.
The Mustangs will resume action on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Denver South, 6:30 p.m., their final nonleague match. They will open Centennial League play on Thursday, Sept. 23, at Grandview in Aurora, 6:30 p.m.
The Mustangs dropped a 4-3 dual match to host Arapahoe in the Centennial League on Tuesday.
Mullen, which lost all three singles matches and was 3-1 in doubles, is 1-2 in duals in 2021.