Valor Christian leads 4A state golf tourney
LITTLETON — A team title may not be in the works but a trio of Southern Colorado players have a good opportunity to finish among the top 10 in the state today at the Highland Ranch Golf Club.
Pueblo South High School sits in fifth place following Monday's first round of the Colorado Class 4A State Boys Golf Championships, 14 strokes behind Valor Christian in the 15-team field.
The Colts fired a three-man total of 226 while Valor holds a one-stroke lead over Rock Canyon with a 212 total. D'Evelyn (223) is third, Silver Creek (224) fourth with Mullen, Cheyenne Mountain and Montrose tied for sixth at 227.
South has won three state boys golf team titles over the years and was hoping to make it four.
"The boys shot seven strokes better as a team than they did at regionals," South head coach Ray Mattarocci said. "They are playing up to their capabilities and that's all I can ask for."
South-Central League medalist Dominick Bregar led the way for the Colts with a one-over-par 73 over the 7006-yard layout. Freshman Jimmy Makloski shot a 74, while junior Alex Romero fired a 79 and senior Ty Bray an 80.
Equaling Bregar's 73 was Alamosa senior Justin Mortensen, who turned in a solid round in his second state appearance. Bregar and Mortensen are tied for 11th heading into today's final round, while Makloski is tied with six others at 2-over-par. Six players reached red numbers at Highlands Ranch on a day that saw little sun. Temperatures never got out of the 50s and the final couple of groups were rained on as they played their final few holes.
Montrose junior Drew Trujillo is the leader heading into today's second and final round following a nifty 6-under-par 66.
D'Evelyn's Sam Phillips is two shots back at 68 with Rock Canyon's Matt Porter and Valor Christian's Wyndham Clark tied for third at 69.
Valor's Michael Schoolcraft was the only other player below par at 71.
"It was a lot better than last year," said Bregar, who shot 75-80 last season as a freshman at state. "I didn't hit my driver as well as I liked to. After hitting it on the range I didn't think I was going to hit it because I was hitting so bad. I kept it in play and made one bad swing on 16 when I went out of bounds but still made bogey. The greens were really fast and big which made it tough. They are tough greens, tricky to read."
As for today, Bregar said he's right on track to the goal he created prior to the tournament.
"My goal is top 5 so if I shoot around par I'll be around the top 5. I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing."
Makloski was headed for a disappointing round before catching fire on the final three holes. The talented freshman bombed his drive on the 415-yard par-4 16th before knocking in a wedge from 100 yards out for an eagle. After parring the par-3 17th, he birdied the par-5 18th to finish at 74.
"The round wasn't going that good. Then I hit a good shot on 16 and it went in," Makloski said. "I hit a lob wedge. It just landed and rolled in."
Despite the strong finish, Makloski wasn't totally satisfied with his first state tournament round.
"I missed some putts, bad shots, a bunch of stuff," he said. "I didn't play as well as I hoped I would. I had a couple bad swings, a couple short putts that I missed and a bad chip. It gives me some confidence that I don't have to have my greatest day and I can still score pretty well. It was pretty fun."
Mortensen started his round on No. 10. He, too, finished with a flurry.
"I snap-hooked a couple of drives on the front side (back nine)," said Mortensen, who had been consistent all season. "On the back side, I birdied No. 1, 8 and 9 and got back in it. I just wanted to give myself a chance at winning a state title. There's definitely a possibility to go low especially the way these greens are so true."
Three other area players all shot 80 or below. Canon City's Scott Patrick fired a 76 while teammate Dwayne Skolski shot an 80. Centennial's Tom Pankey carded a 78.
Class 4A State Boys Golf Championships
LITTLETON—Here are the team scores and Southern Colorado area individual results and today's tee times following the opening round of the Class 4A State Boys Golf Championships held Monday at Highlands Ranch Golf Club: Valor Christian 212, Rock Canyon 213, D'Evelyn 223, Silver Creek 224, Pueblo South 226, Mullen 227, Cheyenne Mountain 227, Montrose 227, Steamboat Springs 232, Lewis-Palmer 235, Palmer Ridge 235, Broomfield 239, Fossil Ridge 246, Centaurus 258, Fort Morgan 264.
article updated on 11/3/09 11:43