WESTMINSTER — The Fairview golf team has taken pride in its depth of talent all season long, which has made it easy for each one of the Knights to get excited about his individual performance as well as the team's.
When the postseason began on Monday, each of the Knights got a chance to be a hero.
At the 5A Central Regional at Legacy Ridge Golf Course, all four of the Knights' top players qualified on their own for the 5A state tournament on Oct. 1-2. The Knights also won an eight-man playoff to edge Valor Christian for the team title.
But perhaps the most promising occurrence for the Knights on Monday was Brett Reamon, who has battled tendonitis in his left wrist all season long, placing third with a 1-over 73 to lead the way.
"I've been feeling like I could put up a really good round for a while now and it was great to break through and help the team win," Reamon said. "At the start of the season, I didn't think I'd be able to play at all. The playoff was so exciting with eight guys going down the fairway. I made a 3-footer, which technically was the last putt to close it out. The Valor guys played great, they were great sports and it was awesome to get the win."
Reamon, who was 3-under through his first seven holes of the shotgun format, missed a 4-foot putt on his final hole of the day that could have secured the win outright for Fairview. He was unaware of the stakes during that moment but with the pressure on, the Knights junior made his last stroke count. Reamon also birdied Nos. 18, 2 and 5.
Both Fairview and Valor Christian finished the day with team scores of 223. In the four-player playoff starting on hole No. 1, Fairview's Ryder Heuston made birdie while all three other Knights players made par to secure the victory.
It was accompanied by a more dramatic scenario than they may have expected, but the Knights accomplished their goal of qualifying a full team for the state tournament.
"All four of them made it on their own," Knights head coach John Zerwin said. "It's really neat that we have four guys, or really five or six guys, that can contribute at any one time. It's a luxury to have that. It's also been great to see Brett step up the last couple weeks and step up the last few rounds."
Fairview's Heuston was fourth at 2-over. Will Chadwick tied for seventh at 4-over and Noah Vrencur tied for 13th at 6-over.
With the two top teams plus the lowest 13 players qualifying for state, the Boulder High boys had a few dramatic moments of their own.
On a tough day for the Panthers' top two players, their three and four made the cut. Jaden Park and Grant Alqatami tied for 13th place with matching 6-over 78's. Andrew Platt, the Panthers' No. 1 player who missed the state tournament cut in 2017 by one stroke, made par on No. 1 to win a playoff for the first alternate spot.
"These guys played pretty well," Panthers coach Rick Uhlir said. "Our three and four players made it and our one and two didn't. It's a one-day deal so you have to be on your game. It's a really competitive regional. I was impressed. They've been a little bit off lately but they've gotten it going lately."
Jake Welch of Valor Christian, which had four players in the top 21, won the individual title with a 4-under 68.
5A Central Regional
At Legacy Ridge G.C., par 72
Team scores — Fairview 223 (playoff), Valor Christian 223, Denver East 229, Cherry Creek 231, Boulder 236, Arvada West 237, Rock Canyon 238, Heritage 247, Smoky Hill 250, Rampart 251, Greeley West 258, Fort Collins 260, Pomona 268, Aurora Central 325, Thornton 338.
Top individuals — 1. Jake Welch, Valor Christian, 68; 2. Ryan Sangchompuphen, Denver East, 72; 3. Brett Reamon, Fairview, 73; 4. Ryder Heuston, Fairview, 74; t5. Jack Leibold, Heritage, 75; t5. Cade Kilkenny, Cherry Creek, 75; t7. Ty Findlow, Valor Christian, 76; t7. William Chadwick, Fairview, 76; t9. Hendrick Kekoning, Denver East, 77; t9. Zach Tyson, Arvada West, 77; t9. Tyler Tyson, Arvada West, 77; t9. Chris Kennedy, Smoky Hill, 77.
Other state qualifiers — t13. Carter Kovarik, Cherry Creek, 78; t13. Noah Vrencur, Fairview, 78; t13. Quinn Mosch, Cherry Creek, 78; t13. Nick Fallin, Rock Canyon, 78; t13. Jaden Park, Boulder, 78; t13. Grant Alqatami, Boulder 78; t19. Finn Olson, Rock Canyon, 79; t19. Trevor White, Valor Christian, 79; 21. Logan Byer, Valor Christian, 80.
Other Boulder results — t21. Andrew Platt 80; t28. Henry Howser 82.