BROOMFIELD — Though it didn't win him a state title, Boulder junior Freddie Gluck had the strongest finish of anyone on Day 2 of the 2015 Class 5A boys golf state championships.
Finishing in a tie for 45th at Fort Collins Country Club, Gluck showed he could have placed much higher when he turned in the lowest score of any player on the final nine holes of the tournament. Since then, Gluck has just kept rolling along and expects to be a contender this season.
"My expectations are definitely higher," Gluck said. "I'm just hoping to keep playing well and try to be a contender on the second day at state."
On Tuesday, Gluck carded a 1-over 73 at Broadlands Golf Course to finish in a tie for third at the Holy Family Bobblehead Invitational. Gluck, who is coming off a successful summer playing in American Junior Golf Association events, didn't have a birdie on the front nine but birdied Nos. 10, 11, 15 and 17 to finish strong on the back nine.
"I started off with a bogey and I wasn't thrilled with that and shooting 3-over on the front nine," Gluck said. "But I chipped in for birdie on 10 and hit a nine iron within four feet and made birdie there. I played pretty well except for two doubles that really got me."
It was a good day all around for the Boulder Panthers, who finished seventh in the team scoring. Broomfield placed third, Legacy was fifth, and Monarch and Dawson School tied for 10th.
"We played Highland Hills yesterday and that course is tough for everybody," Panthers head coach Rick Uhlir said. "I think they're calming down a little bit. Henry Howser shoots 83 today and that's his best score ever. And Freddie, he's getting so solid and the expectations are there and he just keeps playing great."
Dawson's Billy Howenstein won the tournament with five birdies and a 3-under 69 on the card.
"I was with him all day and he was outstanding," Dawson head coach Arnold Lewis said. "He showed a lot of grit and his ability to overcome challenges and have the discipline to save par all day long. He understands that he's going to have a lot of things not go well for him but that he can hang in there. I have all kinds of hopes and dreams for Billy and for him, it's about keeping the right mindset to be successful."
Broomfield's Shane Tilger and Legacy's Grant Hoos tied with Gluck for third. Monarch's Robbie Redfern and Broomfield's Adam Tilger tied for 10th with matching 77's.
Holy Family Bobblehead Invitational
At Broadlands G.C., par 72
Team scores — Eaton 225, Broomfield 233, Evergreen 234, Rock Canyon 235, Legacy 236, Valor Christian 237, Boulder 239, Monarch 240, Dawson School 240, Colorado Academy 248, Resurrection Christian 254, Fairview 257, Bishop Machebeuf 259, Golden 266, Holy Family 276, Mountain Range 278, Jefferson Academy 311, Wheat Ridge 313.
Top individuals — 1. Billy Howenstein, Dawson School, 69; 2. Jake Welch, Valor Christian 72; t3. Freddie Gluck, Boulder, 73; t3. Peter Grossenbacher, 73; t3. Shane Tilger, Broomfield, 73; t3. Grant Hoos, Legacy, 73; 7. Andy Geisick, Eaton, 74; 8. Thomas Messner, Colorado Academy, 75; 9. Shayne Marcely, Bishop Machebeuf, 76; t10. Robbie Redfern, Monarch, 77; t10. Adam Tilger, Broomfield, 77.
Other Boulder results — t31. Derek Cunningham 83; t31. Henry Howser 83; t57. Grant Alqatami 89.
Other Broomfield results — t31. Carson Briggs 83; t42. Jackson Full 85; t46. Freddie Dabberdt 86; t46. Jordan Arreola 86; t57. Mitchell Ganem 89; t63. Triston Schmidt 90; t63. Trey Ortega 90; 66. Ryan Johnson 91; t67. Matt Peters 92; t76. Nolan Wolff 94; t80. Nate Sage 95; t94. Gartett Laughlin 102; 97. Ryan Jenson 104; t98. Kaleb Smith 105.
Other Dawson results — t31. Yale Kim 83; t53. Tucker Heroux 88; t57. Andrew Platt 89.
Other Legacy results — t12. Ben McCormick 78; t23. Hunter Hayes 82; t42. Jack Rockeman 85; t53. Ryan Spallone 88; t80. John Mari 95; t98. Parker Hebert 105; t103. Matt Ammon 112.
Other Monarch results — t21. Brayden Weiss 81; t23. Brian Hummer 82; t36. Jack Taylor 84.
Fairview results — t23. Ryder Heuston 82; 52. Noah Vrencor 87; t53. Brett Reamon 88; t71. Shane O'Hagan 93.
Holy Family results — t57. Luke Heneghan 89; t71. Leo Nelson 93; t76. David Langfield 94; t83. Zach Canaday 96; t90. Joe Nelson 100; t90. Josh Kusbel 100; t90. Jack Nelson 100; t100. Phil Neill 107; 102. David Hanuszczak 109; 105. AJ Perez 113; 109. Ben Neill 119.
Jefferson Academy results — t83. Keaton Grant 96; 96. Jace Repola 103; t103. Reid Toratti 112; t107. Vinny Scarato 118; t107. Ben Nielson 118.; 114. Montee Benedict 129