LONGMONT — Jake Gannon is a much different golfer than he was when he played for Silver Creek High School last season.
In the past year, Gannon has grown from a 5-foot-2 junior into a 5-foot-8 senior, which has given him a game-changing distance boost. With Gannon's physical and technical maturation and some incoming talent on display, members of Silver Creek High's golf team stole the show at this year's Longmont Junior City Open.
On Wednesday at Twin Peaks Golf Course, Gannon wrapped up his first Longmont Junior City Open championship with a three-round score of 226.
"The city we live in is such a great place for golf that it gives me a lot of pride to win it," Gannon said. "I've played in this event three years in a row and I've never really gotten close. I think that I've really broken through with my wedges, I grew a lot, and that has helped me hit the ball further and has really helped me attack pins."
Gannon played his first two prep seasons at Niwot High School. Missing the first half of his junior year after transferring to Silver Creek High School, Gannon helped the Raptors win the Class 4A Northern Regional championship. Gannon went on to tie for 50th at the 2014 Class 4A state tournament.
In the three-day City Open, Gannon trailed TJ Shehee by one stroke after shooting a 3-over 75 at Sunset Golf Course. On Day 2 at Ute Creek Golf Course, Shehee, who will play his freshman season at Silver Creek since Mead High School doesn't have a golf team, shot an 8-over while Gannon carded a 1-over 73.
"I couldn't get anything going on the first day but I was really happy with that 73 at Ute Creek," Gannon said. "I was hitting greens under regulation and having eagle putts on the back nine so it felt really good."
With a seven-stroke lead on Wednesday, Gannon fired a 7-over 78 to hold off the competition. Shehee shot a 76 on the final day to place second with a three-day score of 230. Incoming Fairview High School sophomore Will Branan took third with a 236.
In the girls 13-over division, Berthoud High School's Molli Boruff won with a three-round score of 259.
"The first day was bad but on the second day I just decided to take my time and focus," Boruff said. "That's what I did and it worked."
Jake Gannon's younger brother Adam Gannon won the open 12-under division with a 27-hole score of 132. Christopher Gunlikson took second with a 140 and 10-year-old Timbre Shehee, the lone girl in the field, placed fifth with a 166.
"Adam is a really consistent player for his age," Jake Gannon said. "I was happy he was able to pull it out and give us a duo win."
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Longmont Junior City Open
At Sunset G.C., Ute Creek G.C., Twin Peak G.C.
Boys 13-older — 1. Jake Gannon 75-73-78-226; 2. TJ Sheehee 74-80-76-230; 3. Will Branan 79-80-77-236; 4. Kellen Kudrna 91-85-81-257; 5. Luke Bedell 94-102-90-286; 6. Joe Creighton 98-104-94-296; 7. Hennio Rubio 107-110-106-323; 8. Adam Walter 111-108-107-326; 9. Caden Campbell 116-115-109-340; 10. Tanner Strong 115-119-114-348; 11. Luke Martinez 131-128-131-390.
Girls 13-older — 1. Molli Boruff 90-84-85-259; 2. Grace Gunlikson 92-93-91-276; 3. Parker Nicholas 136-131-124-391.
Open 12-under — 1. Adam Gannon 44-48-40-132; 2. Christopher Gunlikson 45-53-42-140; 3. Jake McCaffrey 50-47-56-153; 4. Kade Robinson 63-51-50-164; 5. Timbre Shehee 58-50-58-166; 6. Weston Call 58-56-56-170; 7. Keegan Patterson 57-58-58-173; 8. Quin Lockwood 66-61-62-189; 9. Baylor Reid 66-63-67-196; 10. Nate Bernstein 71-68-68-206; 11. Adam Benson 69-72-70-211.