Michael Duch captured his first and only State Golf Title this afternoon. He will admit it wasn't his prettiest round of golf, but nonetheless he was sitting at the top when the two day event was over.
"It hasn't really set in yet because I made a mess of the 18th hole, but I guess it feels pretty good," Aberdeen Roncalli Senior Michael Duch said.
Those were the initial words of this year’s Class "A" State Golf Champion. Duch shot even par on day one giving him a lot to think about over night as he headed into the final round with only a one stroke lead.
"I really tried not to think about it. I didn't want to think about possibly winning, because I figured that would make me nervous. I just came, attacked the course, and tried to play like I was chasing somebody," Duch said.
That was the proper mindset in a tournament that he led from start to finish. The Cavalier's senior had never won a state title, but had his sights set on capturing one since the beginning of the year.
"I was thinking the whole season that I wanted to make a run at state. I was just looking to have a good solid tournament," Duch said.
The definition of a Duke is a noble leader that rules over an area of land. For two days this Duch lead his peers and class while ruling the links at Central Valley golf course. Just East on I-90 Tommy Vining was capturing his second "AA" State title. In a sport that the score is determined by one individual, who would win in a head to head?
"I think he would kick my butt. I've played with him a few times and he usually beats me. The fact that he posted a 68 yesterday, that's a great score," Duch said.
Duch says he hasn't chosen a school to attend next fall, but he hopes to play college golf somewhere.