It was only that at the end of the day Cameron Barzekoff stood alone with the trophy in hand.
There was no one near him all day.
The Red Mountain senior won the boys Mesa City golf tournament on Saturday with an impressive 7-under 64 on Saturday and 10-under for the tournament at Viewpoint Golf Course.
“It’s a great time to win heading into state,” said Barzekoff, who chipped in for eagle on the 382-yard No. 15. “The confidence is up, and I feel like I have a chance to play well (at state).”
He won the event by seven strokes over teammate Abraham Elmore, who opened the tournament leading 4-under and followed up with an even-par 71.
“Cameron has been consistent all year long,” Mountain Lions coach Frank Campos said. “He’s been one of the top golfers in the state and hopefully this (win) is another step toward playing for (the state title) at the end.”
The top five was rounded out by Desert Ridge’s Noah Allen, Red Mountain’s Britton Liming and Mountain View’s Zach McDermind, who all finished at four-over par.
The rest of placers were Mountain View’s James Caffrey (5 over), Red Mountain’s Chase Hensby (6 over), Dobson’s Ian Jones (8 over), Skyline’s Matthew Pope (10 over), Mountain View’s Dallen Petersen (10 over) and Steven Christensen (11 over).
The Mountain Lions won it for the fourth straight season at 582 with Mountain View (611), Westwood (655), Desert Ridge (660), Dobson (733), Skyline (737) and Mesa (922) rounding out the standings.
Barzekoff, who moved from in Las Vegas last year, is the second ranked golfer in Division I heading into the state tournament at Omni Tucson National.
“I haven’t played out there but ever since I’ve moved here I’ve been playing these tournaments blind,” he said. “It should be a problem. You just have to know where to hit and execute it.”
Mountain View came up short in winning the title, but still managed to place four in the top 10.
“We wanted to win it, but (Red Mountain) made it hard,” said McDermind, who shot 2-over par both days. “They are really good, but we know we can be just as good if we can a few more putts to fall.”
– Jason P. Skoda is a senior writer for MyNewsMesa.com. Send Mesa-based story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.