AURORA — If Boulder's Freddie Gluck wasn't approaching his senior season with the primary goal of making sure to enjoy his final run, Monday morning's events would have been a much greater burden for the Panthers golfer.
On his way to the Class 5A state championships, the Panthers not only took a wrong turn on their way to CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora but head coach Rick Uhlir's car completely died. Gluck arrived at the course with less than 15 minutes to spare before his 8:30 a.m. tee time. A few quick putts and Gluck rushed to the No. 10 tee box and kicked off the penultimate round of his prep career.
Adroitly weathering a barrage of potential pitfalls, as well as the wet 40-degree conditions, Gluck remained positive and never lost his focus. When he finally reached the clubhouse at end of a long day, Gluck turned in a 2-over 73 and sat down to catch his breath knowing he had positioned himself well for Day 2 in 13th place.
"It was a good day," Gluck said. "It started off in traffic getting here and we had some car malfunctions. I didn't hit any balls before my round because I showed up about 15 minutes before my tee time and went straight to the first tee. The first few holes were a little rough because I wasn't really warmed up but once I settled in, I played pretty consistent golf."
Gluck opened his round with a bogey on the par-4 10th and was 2-over through his first five holes. From there, he turned in 10 straight pars and birdied the par-5 seventh on his way to finishing 2-over. After tying for 29th place as a junior in 2016, Gluck is poised to improve on that standing in Tuesday's final round.
Also positioned to make a run at the top 10, Fairview's Ryder Heuston birdied Nos. 3 and 9 to finish 1-over and tie for 10th place at the end of Day 1. Heuston led a Knights group that ended the opening round tied for fifth place in the team scoring.
Knights Will Chadwick and Will Branan shot matching 77's to tie for 28th. Also included in a 10-player tie for 28th place were Monarch's Spencer Daake and Legacy's Grant Hoos.
"It was definitely a little chilly but I feel like I could have played a little better," Daake said. "I gave away some strokes but I also definitely had some good holes and make a couple good putts. Hopefully, I can play a little bit better tomorrow and get some back."
State tournament play will resume at CommonGround with the second and final round on Tuesday morning.
Class 5A boys golf state championships
At CommonGround G.C., par 71
Team scores — Regis Jesuit 217, Cherry Creek 221, Fossil Ridge 22, ThunderRidge 224, Fairview 226, Grand Junction 226, Arapahoe 228, Denver East 228, Heritage 229, Highlands Ranch 232, Rock Canyon 236, Monarch 243, Fruita Monument 244, Legacy 250.
Top individuals — 1. Dillon Stewart, Fossil Ridge, 69; t2. Davis Bryant, Eaglecrest, 70; t2. Calvin McCoy, Regis Jesuit, 70; t2. Canon Olkowski, Grand Junction, 70; t5. Carter Kovarik, Cherry Creek, 71; t5. Sam Blackwood, Heritage, 71; t5. Evan Kalac, ThunderRidge, 71; t5. Brandon Bervig, Liberty, 71; t5. Cameron Kirke, Regis Jesuit, 71; t10. Tommy Packer, Arapahoe, 72; t10. Connor Jones, Mountain Range, 72; t10. Ryder Heuston, Fairview, 72.
Other Fairview results — t28. Will Chadwick 77; t28. Will Branan 77; t49. Noah Vrencur 80.
Boulder results — t13. Freddie Gluck 73; t45. Henry Howser 79.
Broomfield results — 83. Carson Briggs 94.
Legacy results — t28. Grant Hoos 77; t72. Cormac Arroyo 86; t77. Hunter Hayes 87.
Monarch results — t28. Spencer Daake 77; t58. Finn Olson 82; t65. Brayden Weiss 84; t78. Joseph Waddle 89.