Cass Tech wins PSL boys’ golf title as Renaissance’s Jon Elrod tops the field

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Cass Tech, with a foursome total of 208, won the 2013 Detroit Public School League boys’ golf championship Wednesday at Palmer Park Golf Course.

PSL BOYS GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP 2013 086The victory by Coach Edward Tomlin’s Technicians broke Renaissance High’s five-year stronghold on the team championship. However, Renaissance did extend its streak of individual champions as senior Jon Elrod shot a 41, making him the sixth consecutive Phoenix golfer to take low medalist honors.

Elrod sealed the deal in dramatic fashion by sinking a 25-foot putt for par on the ninth hole. He had to come through under pressure to complete the victory. His double-bogey on No. 8 opened the door for King junior Wilbourne Kelley, who birdied No. 8 to move a shot behind Elrod going to the last hole. Kelley parred the ninth to finish one shot back with a 42.

PSL BOYS GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP 2013 084“I was doing okay until No. 8 when I made a few mistakes,” Elrod said. “But I pulled it together on that last hole. I knew I had to have a par or a birdie to win.”

PSL BOYS GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP 2013 012Kelley said he didn’t feel he played that well. “I shot an 8 (triple bogey) on the first hole and had to play catch up after that,’’ he said.

Cass Tech was led by senior Darius Saxton’s third-place 49. Seniors Jaylon Paylor (52), Javion Davis (53) and Evan Robinson (54) finished fifth, sixth and seventh to complete the Technicians’ scoring.

“The kids have been working really hard this year with a lot of time spent at Belle Isle and Palmer Park,’’ Tomlin said. “The seniors dedicated themselves to doing what they had to do to win the Detroit Public School League championship.”

Renaissance’s Seth Petty shot 51 to place fourth,  but the Phoenix had only three eligible competitors and did not figure in the team scoring. “It’s a disappointment that we couldn’t continue our championship streak but we still had the top individual for the sixth year in a row,’’ Phoenix coach Harry Kennedy said.

Cass Tech was followed in the team scoring by King in second place with 231. Western took third with 238, East English Village fourth with 262, Osborn fifth with 286 and CMA seventh with 288.

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