MEAD — He has been all over the place throughout the early portion of the 2018 season, but Mead's TJ Shehee is back in Colorado and now solely focused on the high school season.

Now that he is done venturing as far as North Carolina, and placing eighth at the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships in mid-July, the Mavericks are glad to have Shehee back in the lineup. After proving himself to be among the top age group players in the country, Shehee is setting his sights on finally capturing the Class 4A state championship he's been chasing for several years.

But even before the final tournament of the prep season comes, Shehee has plenty of things he'd like to accomplish in preparation.

"I want my scoring average to be in the 60's," Shehee said. "I think last year I was around 72 or 73 so it'll be a bit of jump but I think I can do it. If I can meet my goals, I think I can be in the mix for the state title at the end of the season."

Shehee has tied for 24th place in Class 4A twice, both as a freshman and a sophomore while playing for Silver Creek. He also tied for 14th place as a junior last season as a player on the first boys golf team in Mead High history.

With his school's history in mind, Shehee also has expectations for the Mavericks team as a whole. While he hopes to compete for the individual 4A title, Shehee plans to have a big enough squad of teammates competing alongside him to qualify for the team scoring competition.


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"I've only been able to play in one tournament because I've been playing out of state," Shehee said. "But our team has really been coming along so I think there's a potential that we can take a team to state and do pretty well."

With their big team goals in mind, the Mavericks return all five of their top golfers this season including Shehee and Kellen Kudrna, who tied one another for 14th place in 4A last season.

Brad Cochi: cochib@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BradCochi