DEFIANCE — Napoleon High School golf coach Casten Reed capped a busy weekend by winning the Defiance City Golf Championship Sunday at Eagle Rock Golf Course.
Reed won the two-day championship, which was played over two courses, by four strokes over runner-up Steve Meyer of Defiance. Reed carded a two-day total of 135, which was 8-under par.
On Saturday, Reed carded a 67 at Auglaize Golf Course to take the lead after the first day of the tournament, which also happened to be the same day Napoleon High School hosted the Walt Behrman Invitational.
“I finished handing out trophies at the Walt Behrman tournament at 2:02 and I had to tee off at Augliaze at 2:40,” said Reed. “It was a long day.”
Reed, who said he was stressed out about making his tee time, bogeyed two of the first three holes and was one over par before settling down.
“After that I just relaxed,” said Reed. “I started thinking about the things I tell my players not to do and made sure I didn’t do those things.”
The back nine at Auglaize was the start of a superb 18-hole stretch for Reed, who shot a 31 to close Auglaize and followed with a 31 on the front nine at Eagle Rock on Sunday. Reed was nine-under during that 18-hole stretch, separating himself from the rest of the field.
“At Auglaize I could hit my driver wherever I wanted to,” said Reed. “At Eagle Rock, I was making all my putts. This was my first tournament in three years so I couldn’t be happier with the way I putted.”
Meyer made it close starting the back nine Sunday, closing the gap to two strokes when the duo, playing together, made it to the 15th hole, Reed birdied the hole for a three-stroke lead with three holes to play.
“That was the turning point,” said Reed. “The 15th hole is a big dogleg to the left. I hit my drive 325 (yards) right down the middle and closed it out with a birdie. That was a big momentum change.”
This was Reed’s second time winning the Defiance City Championship. He also won it back in 2010 — the only other time he played the tournament.
“A couple of my (players) came out to watch me play (Sunday) and that was extremely cool,” said Reed. “Hopefully, the kids will see what golf can be for them.
“It’s cool to go out and win and those kids can tell other players they watched their coach win a tournament,” added Reed.
Also at the Defiance City Championship, Napoleon’s Chad Cramer placed eighth, carding a two-day total of 149.