All season, the talk of the Northern Conference in golf has been about Silver Creek — and rightfully so. The Raptors have dominated everyone and take an 85-stroke lead into the final league tournament.
Niwot, meanwhile, has quietly gone about its business. While the Cougars sit in fifth place (out of eight teams), there’s still plenty of hope they can get to state as a team.
“It’s certainly a possibility,” first-year head coach Al Backlund said.
The Cougars don’t have an individual star, like Silver Creek, Thompson Valley or Broomfield do, but they’ve got four very good players who could all compete at state.
Senior Sean Guderian has posted a 78.6 scoring average in conference play. Freshman Luke Toillion (80.6), senior TK Coody (80.8) and junior Sam Toillion (83.2) aren’t far behind.
“I think we definitely can do it, it just hasn’t happened yet,” Guderian said.
The Cougars posted a third-place finish at Tuesday’s league event — a sign, perhaps, that the team is getting better as the season winds down. Regionals are on Sept. 20, and all the Cougars need to do is play well that day to get to state.
Coody has been to state the past two years, but Guderian is eager to finally make his first trip.
“Regionals, to me, has always been a hurdle that I haven’t been able to achieve,” he said. “It definitely hurts that I haven’t been able to go to state. That’s the goal this year. I can honestly say this is the best I’ve ever played golf. In the summer, I practiced more than I have before.”
If Guderian can go with his Niwot pals, that would make his senior year even better.
“I think all four of us can do it,” he said.
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