Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

AMERICUS -- Josh Crews had been close to chipping one in all day during Monday's GISA Region 3-AAA golf tournament at Griffin Bell Golf Course.

It finally happened -- on the 19th hole.

Crews holed out a 45-foot chip shot for an eagle to best Brookwood's Hinson Arwood and Westfield's James Beeland and capture individual medalist honors

The three had finished their rounds knotted at an even-par 72 to force the playoff.

In the only hole of the medalist playoff, Crews hit his second shot just to the left of green on the par five hole, setting up his dramatic chip.

"I knew I had the birdie, because I'd been chipping well all day," Crews said afterwards.

Crews them added: "I wasn't expecting to knock it in the hole, but I knew the second I hit it that it was going to drop."

In the team competition, Deerfield and Brookwood also finished their rounds tied, bringing on another playoff. But the Knights sprayed their shots all over the 18th fairway, and Brookwood cruised to the region team title.

"No, I'm not really surprised that we had ties for both the team and medalist winner," DWS coach Gordy Gruhl said. "We've played them (Brookwood) three times before and they've beat us twice and we've beaten them three times.

"I'm most pleased with our team score of 308. That's our season-best. Just last week we shot a 314, which was our previous best until (Monday). I think we are coming together at the right time."

Ain't that the truth. After all, the GISA State Tournament will be held May 3 -- and in DWS' backyard at Doublegate.

Southland, the defending champ, finished third in the team competition with a 319, Westfield was fourth at 332 and Calvary rounded out the field at 395.

Crew capped the All-Region team followed by Beeland, Arwood, and Southland's Peter Lee and Mason Law.

Brookwood's David Hogan was also named Region Coach of the Year.

"We'll play in two more matches, the next in Perry Thursday," to keep our edge and remain sharp," Gruhl said. "But our guys are coming along and getting better. I just hope it carries over to the state tournament."