It’s that time of year. The time to be at your best if you’re a high school golfer.
Chandler Hamilton looked like it was in state championship form as it dominated Thursday’s 5A‑I Super Regional 1 at Cave Creek Golf Course in Phoenix.
The defending state champion Huskies won the regional with a two-day total of 21-under-par 556.
That’s 41 shots better than second-place Gilbert Highland.
“We still need to prepare for state,” Hamilton’s Andrew Yun said.
“I can’t say enough about our team, but we still need to work hard.”
The top eight teams in the Super Regional qualified for the state championships.
That didn’t end up being very difficult on Thursday, considering one of the 13 teams entered was a no-show and another was disqualified.
Hamilton, Highland, Tucson Salpointe Catholic, Scottsdale Desert Mountain, Phoenix Desert Vista, Tempe Corona del Sol, Mesa Mountain View and Mesa Dobson all earned trips to the 36-hole state championship coming up in a little more than a week.
Casa Grande was in ninth place, finishing six shots out of the top eight.
Yun, who placed third at last year’s state championship behind teammate Richard Lee and Phoenix Mountain Pointe’s Cameron Edens, was brilliant over 36 holes this week.
He had rounds of 67 and 65 and did not have a bogey in the tournament.
On Thursday, he birdied all four par-5s and three of the four par-3s.
Yun said the Cave Creek greens, not fully cut down from their overseeding, may have helped him.
“They were a little on the slow side, but I took advantage of that,” he said.
“I was able to hit the ball firm right at the hole.”
Hamilton’s Chan Kim was second with rounds of 68-68.
Robert Perrott of Salpointe and Andrew Michelson of Desert Vista finished third.