MPHS golf finishes best season yet |

MPHS golf finishes best season yet

After earning its best results in its three-year history, Middle Park High’s golf team finished its 2008 season with two final competitions this week.

On Tuesday, Sept. 23, the Panther golfers competed in the Regional Championship held at Murphy Creek Golf Course in Aurora.

“Conditions were pretty challenging with sustained winds of 25 mph for the whole day there,” said Coach Kate Walker. “It was fairly miserable out there, but the conditions were the same for everyone. It was a real survival of the fittest.

Middle Park finished 10th out of 20 teams with a score of 289. Kent Denver and Holy Family tied for first place in the regionals with identical scores of 243.

The regional tournament was also the qualifier for the state championships. The cutoff was a score of 89. Middle Park’s golfers fell a few strokes short of qualifying.

In the Panthers’ individual results, Kaylee Findley earned a score of 94. She was followed by teammates Jared Rojo with 95, Jake Charland with 100 and Nick Isaacs with 102.

“This was our best showing by our team at the regionals in the three years,” Walker said. “It was disappointing that we didn’t have any of our golfers qualify for state, but as a team we finished in the middle of the pack which is encouraging. We’ll build on that for next year.”

Traveling back to the Denver Metro area on Wednesday, Sept. 24, Middle Park’s golfers played their season-finale tournament at the Homestead Golf Course in Lakewood.

Wednesday’s competition was fifth and final Gold Crown Tournament of the 2008 season. The Panthers finished in second place out of eight teams.

“In the overall results for the five Gold Crown Tournaments, we took first place,” Walker said. “That was so exciting and a great achievement by our team.”

The final Gold Crown Tournament at Lakewood was a nine-hole competition. Out of the 41 golfers competing in it, Payton DeVencenty of the Young Guns team won first place in the individual results with a score of 38.

Middle Park’s top golfer in Wednesday’s tournament was Matt Naschak who finished in third place with a score of 39. He was followed by Marshall Simone in seventh place with 41, Kaylee Findley in 10th with 42 and Nick Isaacs in 14th with 43.

The Panthers’ Dan Walker finished the Lakewood match with a score of 45 in 21st place. Coltan Kissler was next with 48 for 27th place. Sam Kerber rounded out the team’s results with 36th place with a score of 55.

In the overall individual results for the five Gold Crown Tournaments, Kaylee Findley took second place.

Summing up the team’s 2008 season, Walker said she was generally pleased with how things turned out.

“It was really encouraging to see the scores drop for our golfers as the season progressed,” she said. “The kids jelled as a team and motivated one another to practice and play harder.”

With the end of the season, the Panther golf team is saying goodbye to its seniors who will be graduating next spring ” Dan Walker, Jared Rojo and Matt Naschak.

The team’s golfers also wants to thank Grand County’s golf courses for their support and allowing them the use of their facilities this season.

Walker said the team is already looking ahead to next season.

“We have a long off-season,” she said. “I hope that our golfers pursue as many golf opportunities in the Denver area to help get themselves ready for next year.”

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