BROOMFIELD — Playing the wrong ball is a mistake that casual golfers make quite often but when a player makes this error in an official high school competition, he is disqualified.
Legacy's Ben McCormick picked a particularly unfortunate time to play a ball that looked very similar to his and it cost him an opportunity to play at state last fall despite playing well enough to make the cut. This came one year after he missed the state tournament cut by one stroke as a sophomore.
The 2018 Class 5A state championships will be held at Colorado Springs Country Club on Oct. 1-2. Now a senior with the Lightning and set to compete in this week's regional round along with all the other state hopefuls across Colorado, McCormick doesn't plan on sitting out another state tournament.
"That really stunk," McCormick said. "I'm really trying to stay focused on the process so I can make the cut this season. What happened last year was a learning experience, I've moved on and I'm ready to give it another shot. I've been through a lot of heartache and just to be able to spend the end of my senior year at state would be just unbelievable. I'd love that so much."
Legacy finished third in the final Front Range League standings, which puts the Lightning in the 5A Western Regional on Monday at Redlands Mesa.
Not counting the throw-out round afforded to each Front Range League player, McCormick averaged 75.25 strokes per round in league play with a season low of 69 at Southridge. Apart from double and triple checking every detail to make sure no errors keep him out of the state field, McCormick has set aggressive goals for himself when he gets there.
"If I do make it to state, I want to make it into the top 10," McCormick said.
Fairview won the Front Range League regular-season title and thus will play in the 5A Central Regional on Monday at Legacy Ridge. Also out of the Front Range League, Boulder finished up in fifth place and will join Fairview at the 5A Central Regional.
Monarch finished fourth in the final league standings and will head to the 5A Southern Regional at Murphy Creek on Wednesday. Broomfield finished seventh in the conference and will join Monarch at the 5A Southern Regional.
In 4A, Longmont, Niwot, Silver Creek, Erie, Frederick, Mead and Skyline will compete in the 4A Region 3 tournament at the Olde Course in Loveland on Wednesday.
In 3A, Peak to Peak, Prospect Ridge, Dawson and Holy Family will compete in the 3A Region 2 tournament at Common Ground on Tuesday.