Prep golf | Brothers Miller, Knowles lead Bradenton Christian into region

jdill@bradenton.comOctober 21, 2012 

BRADENTON -- For Jordan and Landry Miller, golfing on the Bradenton Christian School varsity team is about friendly sibling rivalry.

Philip Knowles doesn't have that dilemma with younger brother Jack -- yet.

The Bradenton Christian boys golf team has two sets of brothers in its lineup, making for an intriguing setup for the Panthers this season.

BCS is heading to the Class 1A-Region 6 tournament on Monday at Coral Oaks Country Club in Cape Coral. The Panthers will be looking for a state tournament berth after finishing runner-up in the District 16 tournament to Saint Stephen's. Duncan Sikkema is BCS' fifth player.

Jordan is a senior, while Landry is a freshman. A good-natured competition pushes each player to get better on the course just to have bragging rights.

Jordan normally comes out on top, but Landry nipped him by a shot in the district tourney.

"He always gives me a bunch of garbage when he beats me," Landry Miller said. "And I don't beat him that much, so it's pretty good that I get to beat him and give it right back."

The Knowles brothers don't have that dynamic, because while Philip is a sophomore that is excelling on longer courses, Jack is only in the seventh grade.

"It's fun to have him along," Philip said. "It's fun to say my little seventh-grade brother is playing on the team with me."

Philip, though, also has competed against the Millers on a daily basis this season and has flip-flopped as the No. 1 player in the lineup with Jordan Miller.

It's a luxury for head coach Joel Van Ryn.

"It's great, because they're all good players," Van Ryn said. "They get along fine ... and they're great families."

The Panthers posted a 305 total at the district tournament, the third-lowest among teams qualifying for Monday's region tourney in Cape Coral. The top two teams from the regional advance to the Class 1A state finals.

It appears BCS is peaking at the right moment.

"I'm playing the best I've ever really played right now," Philip Knowles said.

Jordan Miller and Philip Knowles fired 69s in the Manatee County Championship held at The River Club on the Friday preceding district play last Monday.

Knowles also notched a Florida Junior Tour victory on Oct. 6-7 with a 66-71--137.

Jordan and Landry topped their age groups, with Jordan winning the overall boys title, in the Sarasota City Junior Championship at Bobby Jones Golf Club earlier this month.

"The 18 holes I've had in the last four weeks have been, I think, I've had one over-par round," said Jordan, who fired a 69-67--136 to win the Sarasota Junior title. "That was probably one of my better tournaments in the last two months. I've been playing really solid."

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