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Surprising Chiefs settle into sixth

Brad Brunner shoots 74 to lead Chamberlain in Class 2A, while Jesuit ties for 12th in Class A.

EMILY NIPPS
Published November 12, 2003

PORT ST. LUCIE - Chamberlain sophomore Brad Brunner started getting that feeling the moment he started taking practice swings at PGA Village on Tuesday morning.

It was going to be a good day.

Brunner shot 2-over-par 74 - his best high school round - to help lift the Chiefs to a better-than-expected sixth place in Class 2A after the first day. Maxwell Hutson and Kennedy Fisher each shot 79, and Andy Stemler shot 82.

"I missed a few putts (Tuesday) ... that happens," said Brunner, who was tied for 12th. "I'm hoping it's nothing but birdies and pars (today)."

Chamberlain was pleased with its round, especially after entering the tournament with the highest qualifying score. The team struggled in rough conditions at last week's region tournament at Cheval.

The Chiefs head into the second day with a team-total 314, three strokes behind four-time state champion Orlando Dr. Phillips and Jacksonville Bartram Trail, which are tied for fourth. Stuart Martin County, which regularly plays at PGA Village, leads with 295.

Meanwhile, at a blustery Fairwinds course in Fort Pierce, Jesuit tied Mount Dora and Gulf Breeze for 12th place in Class A.

Tim Riley and Pat Smith each had 78 to lead the Tigers, while Chris Fowler shot 79 and Nick Leppert 82.

Riley said he was happy with his first-day score, considering he was 3 over par on the first three holes, bogeyed the last three and shot par on the middle 12.

"The wind was the main factor," Riley said. "It was just brutal."

While Jesuit hopes to stay competitive during the final round, coach Joe Kijanski said his team was just happy to be playing alongside tough teams like leader Saddlebrook (300) and Ponte Vedra Beach Nease (301).

"We came in here figuring this was just frosting on the cake," Kijanski said.

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