FLANDERS, NJ -- The weather was hotter than usual but Chatham senior Cole Ekert kept his cool in maneuvering the golf course to win his second straight individual championship at the Morris County Tournament on Tuesday.
Ekert carded an Eagle to highlight his two-under-par 70 at the Flanders Valley Golf Course, annexing his second straight MCT title after winning as a sophomore in 2019. The pandemic canceled the 2020 MCT.
"It was a hot day but fun nevertheless," Ekert said. "It's a pretty gettable course. It wasn't my A-plus game but I knew if I kept it together I'd probably get the win. I left a few shots out there."
Chatham finished second as a team with a score of 312, two strokes behind the team champion, Morristown.
"I would say to win back-to-back county titles as a senior is very cool," the University of Richmond commit said. "This is something I envisioned doing when I entered high school. I was very bummed that I couldn't win coach (Todd) Ervin a team county championship my senior year."
In the shotgun start, Ekert started on Hole 12 and scored his Eagle-3 on his ninth hole, the Par-5 2nd.
"That hole has given me a bit of trouble in the past. It's tough to drive because it's very tight," he said. "I hit a good drive down the left side and a six-iron to put me on the green. I was almost not trying to make the putt (from 30 feet). I was thinking I'd two-putt it, but it went in and that was a nice little bonus. The Eagle was certainly the highlight of my round."
Jack Schenone carded a 77, Tim Triano shot a 79 and David McNamara an 86 for the Cougars.
"I love playing with my teammates and I want us to finish out strong," Ekert said. "The state sectional tournament is next week and we won that in 2019. Hopefully, we can win that and move on to the Tournament of Champions."