Granby MIddle Park golfers are swinging hot heading into regional tournament
Middle Park Highs golfers have finished at the top of the results both as a team and individually during their last three tournaments of the regular season.The results weve been getting are the result of our golfers good practice habits and work ethic, said coach Kate Walker. I am so pleased that they are playing so well individually and collectively as a team. These results will help as we prepare for the regionals next week.The Panthers got the first of their final regular-season tournaments off to a great start with a victory. They won first place against eight other teams in the nine-hole Gold Crown Tournament on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the Littleton Golf & Tennis Club.Our golfers did a great job at Littleton, Walker said. The individual scores for this event were unusually low. In a regular nine-hole tournament, it is usually a Par 36, but in the Littleton tournament it was a Par 31.Middle Park junior Kaylee Findley, the only girl on the team, earned a score of 35 to take second place behind a Colorado Academy golfer who won with a 33.The rest of the Panthers turned in excellent scores. Jake Charland shot a 38 while teammate Marshall Simone posted a 41. Close behind him was Nick Isaacs with a 42.After their tournament on the Front Range, Middle Parks golfers returned to the mountains to play the 18-hole Summit Invitational at Copper Creek Golf Course at the Copper Mountain Resort on Thursday, Sept. 11. In the eight-team results, the Panthers took second place behind the host Summit County team.That was an impressive result for a much more challenging mountain course, Walker said. I think our team managed the switch very well.Once again, Findley led Middle Parks individual results, earning a fourth place with a score of 81. The Panthers Jared Rojo and Nick Stenicka were next with identical scores of 95. They were followed by AJ Sapien with 98 and Dan Walker with 114.In the seasons final regular-season tournament on Wednesday, Sept. 17, the team traveled back down to the Front Range to play in another nine-hole Gold Crown Tournament at the Lake Arbor Golf Course in Arvada. The Panthers finished second out of nine teams.The team is playing very consistently right now, Walker said. It was another good job.In the individual results, Findley tied for third place with a score of 41. Close behind her was Charland who tied for fourth place, followed by Issacs and Naschak who tied for fifth place with identical scores of 43. Simone finished 19th with a score of 47, and Coltan Kissler rounded out the results with a 57 for 33rd place. With the regular season now over, the Panther golfers are setting their sights on next weeks regional tournament. It will be at the Murphy Creek Golf Course in Aurora on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Its going to be tough competition with 23 teams, including Kent Denver, the defending state champion team, Walker said. This will also be the largest tournament that weve played in so far this season. How well the Panthers play there will determine if they qualify for the state tournament, which is slated for Oct. 6-7 in Elizabeth.That makes it exciting, Walker said. Our golfers will have to be playing at the top of their games Tuesday. To qualify for the state tournament is a huge accomplishment.
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