The Saint Stephen's boys golf team won its first region championship since 2002, and Bradenton Christian's top golfer, Philip Knowles, won the individual title by six strokes in a good day for area golfers at the Class 1A-Region 6 tournament at Verandah Golf Club in Fort Myers.
Knowles shot a 7-under-par 65, the best round in school history, to earn a trip to the state tournament for the third consecutive year. The senior also won a district title last week at Bent Tree Country Club in Sarasota.
"Philip had an awesome day," BCS head coach Joel Van Ryn said. "Even with a little bad weather that came through, he played great."
The top two teams and top two individuals not on qualifying teams moved on to state. The Class 1A state tournament will be held Nov. 4-5 at Mission Inn Resort and Club at Howey-in-the-Hills.
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The Falcons shot a team score of 302, eight shots better than second-place Sarasota Christian, to advance to state for the first time since 2012, when they finished second at region.
Jack Cen led Saint Stephen's with a 73. Christopher Pollen added a 75, and Ryan Kinkead and David Gao had 77s.
"The guys played great," Saint Stephen's head coach Matt Primrose said. "Jack Cen's been steady all year, right around par. Everybody was right where they've been all year."
The Panthers just missed a state berth as a team, shooting a 311 to finish three shots behind the Blazers. BCS junior Landry Miller fired a 73, finishing fourth in the individual standings.