Boys golf: Flaxbeard powers Cherry Creek to regional title

(Ben Parris/

Cherry Creek sophomore Charlie Flaxbeard couldn't make things look too easy. He had to mix a bogey in there every now and then just to keep himself grounded. Or something like that.

Flaxbeard shot a career-low 6-under-par 66 to claim the Class 5A Central Region boys golf title at Overland Park.

Right behind him with a 68 was teammate Thomas Hicks, who also went into the clubhouse shooting the best round of his career. Those two efforts put Cherry Creek on top of the team leaderboard at the end of the day as well.

Flaxbeard's start to his round was fast as he made three straight birdies to get things going. His first bogey of the day was on No. 6 but he got that stroke right back with a birdie on the seventh. He made another bogey on the par-4 11th, but then turned the jets back on the rest of the way. He made four birdies in his final seven holes to finish his day.

Hicks was a little more steady throughout the day as he made two birdies on the front and three on the back and only recorded one bogey.

With top-five finishes from Ryan Liao (70) and Max Lange (70) Lakewood took second as a team to also punch a ticket to Rolling Hills for the 5A state tournament.

Valor Christian's Lucas Schulte finished third wiht a 70 of his own. The Eagles had four players play inside the cutline and will take a full team to state. Regis Jesuit had Teddy Hummel, Ryan Occhionero and Liam Wood all place in the top 13 overall allowing the Raiders to also take a team to Rolling Hills.

The field for the 5A tournament is nearly set save for the Southern Regional qualifiers who will head to South Suburban on Thursday to claim their spots.