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Following a productive summer, Dawson's Billy Howenstein has had high expectations for this junior season since Day 1 of the 2017 campaign.

Howenstein finished 10th in Class 3A last year, so he had planned on moving up the podium this fall. Now that he's one of the more veteran players around as an upperclassman and reigning top-10 state placer, Howenstein was focused on accomplishing the first part of his season-long goal on Monday. That meant qualifying for the state tournament out of 3A's Region 3.

On a tough day at Estes Park Golf Course, Howenstein didn't have his best game at regionals. But to his credit, the Mustangs junior still played more than well enough to reach the state tournament, shooting a 77 to place fourth at regionals and move on.

"The goal was definitely just to get the state," Howenstein said. "It was really windy out in Estes this morning so the course played a lot tougher. It's a course where I've played well before and I struggled a little bit, but I was able to buckle down and punch my ticket."

Along with teammate Chase Fulkerson, who placed 18th on Monday to qualify, Howenstein will now turn his attention to the Oct. 2-3 state tournament, which will be played right down the road from Dawson School at Indian Peaks Golf Course. Also out of Region 3, Holy Family qualified a pair of golfers in Garrett Green and Alex Mumm.


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Joining Dawson and Holy Family at the 3A state tournament in two weeks, Peak to Peak's Davis Long shot a 72 to place fifth at the 3A Region 2 tournament while teammate Nishant Datta carded a 77 to place 10th. Peak to Peak's Ian Thorpe and Ethan Tartaglia also qualified, giving the Pumas a strong contingent for state. Also at the Region 2 tournament, Prospect Ridge's Walker Franklin and Jaxon Franklin finished in the top 10 to qualify for state.

Legacy’s Hunter Hayes tees off on the second hole of the 5A Northern Regional tournament Monday at Coal Creek Golf Course in Louisville. Go to
Legacy's Hunter Hayes tees off on the second hole of the 5A Northern Regional tournament Monday at Coal Creek Golf Course in Louisville. Go to BoCoPreps.com for more photos. (Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer)

Also at Region 3, Jacob Mason of Jefferson Academy qualified and senior Jace Repola won a playoff to earn a spot at state for the Jags.

Led by Ryder Heuston and Will Chadwick, who shot matching 74's at Broadlands Golf Course to place fourth at the 5A Western Regional, Fairview finished second and qualified a team for state. Monarch did the same at the 5A Northern Regional, with Spencer Daake shooting a 73 at Coal Creek to lead the Coyotes in second place individually. Legacy will also be in the team competition at state after qualifying four individuals out of the Northern Regional.

Broomfield's Carson Briggs shot a 76 at Colorado Springs Country Club to place seventh qualify out of the 5A Southern Regional. Boulder's Freddie Gluck shot a 77 to place 10th and also qualified for state.

Led by Jack Hoover's 73 and runner-up finish at Elmwood Golf Course, the Niwot Cougars placed second in the 4A Region 1 team scoring and qualified a team for state for the second straight year. Out of the 4A Region 4 tournament at The Bridges at Black Canyon, Mead qualified its first-ever golfers for state in Kellen Kudrna and TJ Shehee.

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5A Northern Regional

At Coal Creek G.C., par 72

Team scores — Regis Jesuit 227, Monarch 232, Chaparral 241, Legacy 244, Ralston Valley 248, Mountain Vista 249, Chatfield 255, Fort Collins 261, Doherty 263, Poudre 264, Brighton 264, Grandview 267, Central Grand Junction 280, Greeley West 286, Hinkley 358.

Top individuals — 1. Calvin McCoy, Regis Jesuit, 71; 2. Spencer Daake, Monarch, 73; t3. Walker Fuller, Regis Jesuit, 77; t3. Nick Kim, Mountain Vista, 77; t5. Jay Audette-Smith, Brighton, 78; t5. Bryce Howard, Chaparral, 78; t7. Thomas Volpe, Monarch, 79; t7. Drew Anderson, Regis Jesuit, 79; t9. Tyler Mulligan, Chaparral, 80; t9. Brayden Weiss, Monarch, 80; t9. Ben McCormick, Legacy, 80; t9. Landon Thunell, Ralston Valley, 80.

Other Monarch results — t34. Joseph Waddle 88.

Other Legacy results — t13. Grant Hoos 81; t17. Hunter Hayes 83; t17. Cormac Arroyo 83.

5A Southern Regional

At Colorado Springs Country Club, par 71

Team scores — Heritgae 218, Grand Junction 221, Liberty 230, Denver East 232, Cherry Creek 232, Boulder 236, Legend 237, Broomfield 241, Horizon 255, Arvada West 259, Bear Creek 260, Coronado 275, Overland 290, Northglenn 350, Aurora Central 370.

Top individuals — 1. Sam Blackwood, Heritage, 70; 2. Canon Olkowski, Grand Junction, 70 3. Ben Carrington, Heritage, 71; t4. Blake Schneiter, Grand Junction, 73; t4. Ryan Kennedy, Legend, 73; 6. Brandon Bervig, Liberty, 75; t7. Ryan Sangchompuphen, Denver East, 76; t7. Carson Briggs, Broomfield, 76; t7. Lucas Howell, Liberty, 76; t10. Joseph Madden, Denver East, 77; t10. Freddie Gluck, Boulder, 77; t10. Max Malden, Cherry Creek, 77; t10. Cade Kilkenny, Cherry Creek, 77; t10. Cameron Bajaj, Heritage, 77.

Other Broomfield results — t19. Adam Tilger 79; t32. Nolan Wolff 86; t46. Matt Peters 98.

Other Boulder results — t19. Henry Howser 79; 23. Andrew Platt 80; t32. Grant Alqatami 86.

5A Western Regional

At Broadlands G.C., par 72

Team scores — Arpahoe 225, Fairview 228, ThunderRidge 233, Lakewood 235, Pine Creek 241, Highlands Ranch 242, Smoky Hill 251, Loveland 258, Dakota Ridge 263, Palmer 266, Rocky Mountain 266, Douglas County 267, Rangeview 283, Westminster 366.

Top individuals — 1. Tommy Packer, Arapahoe, 71; 2. Jack Castiglia, Lakewood, 72; 3. Andrew Doyle, Pine Creek, 73; t4. Chris Kennedy, Smoky Hill, 74; t4. Ryder Heuston, Fairview, 74; t4. Will Chadwick, Fairview, 74; 7. Evan Kalac, ThunderRidge, 75; t8. Ryan Liao, Lakewood, 76; t8. Alex Yano, Arapahoe, 76; 10. Jackson Crist, Highlands Ranch, 77.

Other Fairview results — t14. Will Branan 80; t21. Noah Vrencur 84.

4A Region 1 Regional

At Elmwood G.C., par 70

Team scores — Discovery Canyon 221, Niwot 243, Lewis-Palmer 251, Woodland Park 252, Pueblo Centennial 261, Pueblo West 262, Vista Peak 265, Pueblo South 269, Falcon 283, Pueblo East 286, Pueblo Central 288, Widefield 297, Sand Creek 310, Mesa Ridge 346, Sierra 248.

Top individuals — 1. Luke Trujillo, Discovery Canyon, 65; 2. Jack Hoover, Niwot, 73; 3. Ryan Welsh, Falcon, 75; 4. Caleb Blackburn, Discovery Canyon, 77; t5. Andrew Elliott, Niwot, 78; t5. Shane Purkey, Woodland Park, 78; t7. Kaden Ford, Discovery Canyon, 79; t7. Andrew Manney, Lewis-Palmer, 79; 9. Adam Birrer, Pueblo South, 81; t10. Sha Jefferson, Vista PEAK, 82; t10. AJ Arguello, Pueblo West, 82.

Other Niwot results — t. 25. Sam Hoover 92; t.48 Luc Blondeau 111.

4A Region 4 Regional

At The Bridges at Black Canyon G.C., par 71

Team scores — Montrose 216, Evergreen 217, Steamboat Springs 241, Thomas Jefferson 242, Mead 250, Durango 251, Eagle Valley 265, Palisade 266, Conifer 271, Summit 271, Denver North 273, Canon City 276, Rifle 288, Battle Mountain 288.

Top individuals — t1. Bridger Tenney, Evergreen, 71; t1. Micah Stangebye, Montrose, 71; 3. Dawson Hussong, Montrose, 72; t4. Nolan Miller, Evergreen, 73; t4. Jordan Jennings, Monrtose, 73; t4. Xan Anderson, Evergreen, 73; t7. Clayton Whitton, Evergreen, 74; t7. Kellen Kudrna, Mead, 74; t7. Jacob Smith, Rifle, 74; t7. Barrett Jones, Eagle Valley, 74.

Other Mead results — 15. TJ Shehee 78; 43. Tanner Strong 98; t48. Houston Irwin 106.

3A Region 3 Regional

At Estes Park G.C., par 71

Team scores — Sterling 224, Resurrection Christian 140, Dawson 250, Strasburg 252, Holy Family 254, Frontier Academy 258, Skyview Academy 266, Jefferson Academy 267, Estes Park 268, Faith Christian 280, Yuma 290, Brush 297, Holyoke 305, Burlington 316.

Top individuals — 1. Riley Schaefer, Sterling, 70; 2. Brayden Lambrecht, Sterling, 72; 3. Micah Ramirez, Resurrection Christian, 75; 4. Billy Howenstein, Dawson, 77; 5. Jake Francis, Strasburg, 78; 6. Luke Wright, Skyview, 79; 7. Jacob Mason, Jefferson Academy, 80; 8. Garrett Green, Holy Family, 81; t9. John Antholz, Resurrection Christian, 82; t9. Wil Gebhart, Sterling, 82; t9. Ivan Richmond, Estes Park, 82.

Other Dawson results — 18. Chase Fulkerson 85; t21. Nate Bernstein 88; 31. Tucker Heroux 93.

Other Holy Family results — t13. Alex Mumm 84; t23. David Langfield 89; t28. Leo Nelson 91.

Other Jefferson Academy results — t21. Jace Repola 88; t36. Montie Pons-Benedict 99; t49. Vinny Scarato 106.

3A Region 2 Regional

At CommonGround G.C., par 71

Team scores — Colorado Academy 216, Eaton 224, Peak to Peak 227, Prospect Ridge 230, Classical Academy 234, Alamosa 248, Denver Academy 266, Front Range Christian 268, Bishop Machebeuf 273, Northfield 274, Manitou Springs 293, Englewood 297, Denver Christian 314, Eads 322, Colorado Springs Christian 355, James Irwin 368.

Top individuals — t1. Peter Grossenbacher, Eaton, 69; t1. Christian Agelopoulos, Colorado Academy, 69; t3. Liam O'Halloran, Classical Academy, 70; t3. Walker Franklin, Prospect Ridge, 70; t5. Davis Long, Peak to Peak, 72; t5. Jaxon Franklin, Prospect Ridge, 72; 7. Brandon Cohen, Colorado Academy, 73; 8. Jack Garnsey, Colorado Academy, 74; 9. Donny Chavez, Alamosa, 76; t10. Nishant Data, Peak to Peak, 77; t10. Bryce Leafgren, Eaton, 77.

Other Peak to Peak results — t12. Ian Thorpe 78; t16. Ethan Tartaglia 81.

Other Prospect Ridge results — 28. Zach Hassler 88.