COLORADO SPRINGS — Fairview's Ryder Heuston compared his first day at the 5A state tournament to how he felt about his entire season.
A lot of pars. Too many missed putts. Still in the hunt.
A year after tying for sixth at the state tournament, Heuston heads into the final day tied for 11th after shooting a 5-over-par 76 on Monday at the Colorado Springs Country Club.
"It was a lot of two-putts for par, lot of 5-footers I made for par, and then every once in a while, one of those five footers got away from me and I made a bogey," Heuston said. "It's been like that my whole season. Mostly pars and then a couple bogeys here and there, and not getting them back with making any putts and making birdies."
Heuston led the way for Fairview, which is tied for seventh as a team, on an up-and-down round for all area teams and individuals. Boulder's Grant Alqatami and Knights teammate William Chadwick carded 78s, and Grant Hoos shot a 79 to lead Legacy, the area's other team qualifier, to 12th in the standings.
The Knights are currently 13 strokes back of team-leader Lakewood, which shot 10-over as a squad, and are five strokes off Cherry Creek and Regis Jesuit, which are tied for fourth.
"The expectation coming in was we could do really well, finish top five for certain," Fairview coach John Zerwin said. "If we can get back to that I think we're going to be in pretty good shape."
Legacy and its four senior golfers, sitting 24 strokes back of the lead, will also be looking to move up Tuesday on the final day of the tournament.
"Tomorrow I will just instill in them again that it's the last day for all of you. It's your last golf tournament, you're all seniors," Legacy coach Bobby Ortega said. "Let's make a move. Let's see how far up the leaderboard we can move tomorrow as a team. That'll be our goal."
Heuston, Chadwick, Alqatami and Hoos are the area's only golfers who shot in the 70s on the first day of the tournament. They and the rest of the field are chasing Mountain Range's Connor Jones, who opened a three-stroke lead while shooting a 68.
Jones holed an eagle on the third hole from 142 yards from the pin. His ball came to a halt 5 feet past the pin before gently rolling back into the cup.
It would have been the shot of a lifetime if not for a bit of déjà vu. The senior said he holed an eagle on three in nearly identical fashion during Sunday's practice round.
"It's never going to happen again in my life," he chuckled.
The area's golfers will now look for a little magic of their own Tuesday. And if not magic, some consistency would do just fine.
"I just want to try and get in my rhythm faster than I did this round," Alqatami said.
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Class 5A boys golf state tournament
At Colorado Springs Country Club, par 71
Team scores — Lakewood 223, Fossil Ridge 229, Arapahoe 229, Regis Jesuit 231, Cherry Creek 231, Liberty 232, Highlands Ranch 236, Fairview 236, Valor Christian 236, Ralston Valley 240, Cherokee Trail 241, Legacy 247.
Top individuals — 1. Connor Jones, Mountain Range, 68; 2. Ryan Liao, Lakewood, 71; t3. Dillon Stewart, Fossil Ridge 72; t3. Brandon Bervig, Liberty, 72; t5. Tarek Salem, Highlands Ranch, 73; t5. Noah DiBiase, Lakewood, 73; t7. Cade Kilkenny, Cherry Creek, 74; t7. Walker Fuller, Regis Jesuit, 74; t7. Ty Findlow, Valor Christian, 74; 10. Caleb Busta, Arapahoe, 75..
Other Fairview results — t11. Ryder Heuston 76; t20. William Chadwick 78; t44. Brett Reamon 82; 81. Noah Vrencur 92.
Other Boulder results — 20. Grant Alqatami 78; t61. Jaden Park 84.
Other Legacy results — t27. Grant Hoos 79; t54. Ben McCormick 83; t66. Matt Ammon 85; t82. Cormac Arroyo 93.
Other Monarch results — t36. Thomas Volpe 80; 75. Grant Myers 89.
Other Broomfield results — t44. Ryan Jenson 82.