Chris Navarro, 2015, Archbishop Spalding High School

by Nelson Coffin

Chris Navarro started his high school career on a high note and never looked back.

As a freshman at Archbishop Spalding, Navarro was already the best golfer in the MIAA A Conference and proved as much by easily winning the league’s individual title in 2012.

He carded a two-under 70 on the final day on Havre de Grace’s Bulle Rock Golf Course while snapping a 20-year-old scoring record by two shots, with his 71-73-70-214 total to finish five strokes ahead of his nearest pursuer.

Currently, Chris Navarro competes on the Minor League Golf Tour in Florida.

“I just wanted to play my game, and whatever happens happens,” Navarro told VSN that year.

He came out off the first three holes to post a pair of birdies and a two-under, lowering his score to -3 with his third birdie on his seventh hole before ending the back-nine with a 34 (par 36).

“I felt confident, and through eight I felt even more confident,” Navarro added. “With bogies, I’m not really worried.”

He countered three bogies with four birdies and two pars.

“My two birdies back to back in the front nine, and getting to three under going into nine,” Navarro said. “That felt good.”

It probably felt even better when Navarro claimed two more A Conference individual crowns to become only the second player in league history to capture the event three times.

The only year he didn’t earn the individual trophy, Navarro was a runner-up — by just one stroke — to David Long of Mount St. Joseph in 2013.

That’s how good Navarro was and how good his team was with him as its No. 1 golfer.

Spalding won 31 of 34 matches during his prep career.

“He just killed it off the tee,” Calvert Hall coach Drew Forrester said. “He was really long for a high school player. The difficult part for a high school player who hits it that far is to also hit it straight — and he did.”

VSN’s No. 3 Boys Golfer of the Decade was a big reason why the Cavaliers won consecutive team titles his junior and senior years.

Navarro signed with Maryland but never had the same kind of success at the collegiate level that he had in high school, but he continues to pursue his professional dreams, competing on the Minor League Golf Tour in Florida. In February he placed 9th in the Eagle Trace February Classic and has five Top 10 finishes since 2019.