Broadlands Golf Course (Par 72)
Team — 1. Kent Denver 297. 2. Alexander Dawson 307. 3. Holy Family 316. 4. Parker Lutheran 320. 5. Peak to Peak 324. 6. Machebeuf 349. 7. Colorado Academy 352. 8. Faith Christian 353. 9. Englewood 383.
Top-10 individual finishers —
1. Peter Hassan, Alexander Dawson, 72.
David Niederman, Kent, 72.
3. Payton Devencenty, Parker Lutheran, 73.
4. Ethan Freeman, Kent, 75.
Ben Moore, Kent, 75.
Will Fehr, Kent, 75.
Hayden Nicholaides, Parker Lutheran, 75.
Cole Nygren, Alexander Dawson, 75.
9. Alec Walters, Holy Family, 76.
Adam Griffith, Peak to Peak, 76.
BROOMFIELD — The first half of the golf season has been an up-and-down prospect for Alec Walters. But Thursday at his home course, the Holy Family senior proved his game is going on the upswing.
Overcoming a rocky start at Broadlands Golf Course Walters produced his second-best round of the year shooting 4-over at the par-72 loop. The score comes at the right time for the Tigers No. 2 swingers, who has not broken 80 since shooting his best round, a 75 in the Aug. 11, season-opener at Aurora Hills.
With the Class 3A regional tournament just around the corner — Sept. 20, at Littleton’s Deer Creek Golf Course — the senior believes he is finding his touch at the right time.
“Today was a confidence builder,” said Walters, who tied for ninth in the Metro League tournament. “I don’t know what it’s been, but before today I had just been in a slump.”
The senior had the most pronounced improvement Thursday, shaving around four strokes from his average. But Walters was not alone in pulling his game together as the Tigers head into the homestretch.
Holy Family remained at the top of Metro League play placing third at the Broadlands with a score of 316. The score was not enough to pressure Kent, who remained undefeated in four outing this season scoring a 297 Thursday. But the Tigers’ team score was important, since was the second time Holy Family has had three golfers break 80 on the same day.
Tigers’ ace Kyle Murray was off his game Thursday, shooting 5-stroke over his season average of 74. Blake Ballman tied his teammate’s 79, taking his first trip into the 70s this season.
“Three guys below 80, that’s what you need if you want to compete with the Kents and (Thrusday’s second-place finisher)Alexander Dawsons of the world,” Holy Family coach Will Wilson said. “We didn’t get to them today, even with those scores, but we are moving in the right direction.”
Walters hit a rocky patch almost from the get-go, shooting three bogeys on his first four holes. The start rattled him, with the senior expecting a tighter play from himself on his home course. While it took him a while, he did rope in his game, mitigating his early troubles with three birdies on the back nine.
Walters shaved strokes on holes 8, 15 and 17. But it was the senior’s final birdie that stuck with him.
“All the coaches were on the green watching and so was my dad,” Walters said. “So that one felt really good.”
Murray fell off his average through a slew of minor mishaps. A bogey here and a 3-putt there added up for the senior, but Murray was none the worse for the ware at the end of 18. The ace took the round as a typical bump that was bound to happen at some point this season.
“It was just one of those days I got on the bogey train and I just couldn’t get off,” Murray said.