Granby " Middle Park golfers off to a great start as Findley shines |

Granby " Middle Park golfers off to a great start as Findley shines


One of the best players on Middle Park High’s boys golf team is a girl.

Panther junior Kaylee Findley has won first places in two of the last three tournaments in which the Middle Park team has competed.

“This is just awesome,” said the Panther coach Kate Walker. “She’s the only girl playing this fall but insists on playing from the men’s tees just like all the other players. Right now, she is posting the best scores of her high school career. It’s exciting to see.”

High school golf during the fall season is normally a boys sport. Colorado High School Activities Association does sponsor a girls golf program, but it is a spring sport that begins in February when the snow is still deep and all of Grand County’s golf courses are closed.

In addition to Findley’s individual successes, the Panther golf team as a whole is having its best-ever season. The Middle Park High golf program is in its third season.

On Wednesday, Aug. 27, the Panthers took second place out of 12 high school teams in a nine-hole tournament at Foothills Golf Course in Denver. The tournament was the first of five Gold Crown Tournaments this fall season.

Findley won an individual first place in the Foothills tournament with a score of 43. The rest of Middle Park players finished very close with Matt Naschak scoring a 45, Nick Isaacs 48 and Marshall Simone 50.

“Our players really lowered their scores significantly in this tournament,” Walker said.

Middle Park’s golfers played their second Golf Crown Tournament on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at the Indian Tree Golf Course in Arvada. In this large competition, the Panthers placed 10th out of 20 teams.

In the individual results, a Regis High School player won with a low score of 73 while Middle Park’s top finisher was Jake Charland with 81. Findley finished next with 94, followed by Isaacs with 98, Nick Stenicka with 101 and Parker Hale 106.

“We’re definitely moving up in the results of these larger tournaments,” Walker said.

Findley was back at the top of the individual results the next day, Wednesday, Sept. 3, in another Gold Crown Tournament at the Indian Tree Gold Course. In that nine-hole contest, Findley tied for first place with a Colorado Academy player.

The rest of the Panther golfers were very close. Isaacs and Simone were in a three-way tie for sixth place with scores of 43. Naschak posted a 49 while Charland had a 57.

In the team results for Wednesday’s tournament, Middle Park finished second out of seven teams.

“Over the past few weeks, we’ve been putting in a lot of practice time and it’s showing in our results,” Walker said. “Now that we’ve played a few tournaments, our focus is getting better. We’re getting tournament tough.”

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