BROOMFIELD — After nine holes, Silver Creek’s boys golf team was headed in the wrong direction.
The two-time defending champions of the Class 4A Northern Regional tournament were struggling at the turn Tuesday and the streak of consecutive team titles appeared in doubt. More importantly, there was some question whether any of the four Raptors would even qualify for state as individuals.
Even coach Mike Maydew, normally unflappable, looked a bit nervous standing at No. 9.
And then the sun broke through the clouds and Silver Creek turned hot, as Andrew Rademacher-Howe, Jack Adolfson and Dylan Wonnacott all fired even-par 36s on the last nine to secure a third-straight team title and send the group, along with senior Ryan Burke, on to the state tournament, which will be held Oct. 3-4 at Pelican Lakes Golf and Country Club in Windsor.
“I got off to a pretty terrible start,” said Rademacher-Howe, who finished with a team low 3-over par 75 at Broadlands Golf Course. “I had a double-bogey on the second hole, made another bogey after that and kept going that way. But I kept fighting and got a couple birdies in a row to finish strong.”
The Raptors now have set their sights on nothing less than a team title at state, with Valor Christian looming as the top challenger.
“I’m excited for what could be. I think our chances are very good,” Rademacher-Howe said, who will be making his first appearance there.
Broomfield’s Nick Reisch fired a 1-under 71 to win the individual title on his home course, and he and his Eagles team of Alex Gorman (80), Bridger Ryan (81) and Pat LaLancette (88) finished second as a team and all will advance to state.
“I missed the cut by one stroke as a freshman, made it as a sophomore and then only made it as a junior because of our team,” Reisch said. “So this feels really good, especially since I wasn’t playing too well during the middle of the season.”
Sophomore Spencer Roberts of Erie followed in second place with a 74, becoming the youngest state qualifier in school history. Two teams and an additional 13 finishers advanced to state, including Justin Inslee of Centaurus (77) and Jared Mannatt of Longmont (80).
“Just putted good. Hit greens and I didn’t miss any fairways, so that was a plus,” said Roberts, who will be a first-timer at state. “I’m very excited.”
The course played short at about 6,500 yards and very fast on the greens — “Lighting,” is how Reisch described them. And for some reason, the start was much more challenging than the finish for Silver Creek.
After slugging out bogey, double-bogey, bogey on the final three holes of the front nine, Adolfson calmed his mind and turned his game around. He sunk a 6-foot putt on No. 10 to save par and followed that with a 15-footer for birdie to build some momentum and ensure himself a third trip to the state meet.
“We had some pretty big expectations coming in and we wanted to play well,” he said. “Even though we didn’t play great we’re happy we got it done and won this tournament and hopefully we can play better at state.”
Not to be outdone, Wonnacott finished with three consecutive birdies to help give the Raptors some confidence heading into the final tournament of the season.
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CLASS 4A NORTHERN LEAGUE REGIONAL TOURNAMENT
At Broadlands G.C., par 72
Team scores — 1. Silver Creek* (Andrew Rademacher-Howe 75, Jack Adolfson 76, Dylan Wonnacott 77, Ryan Burke 80) 228; 2. Broomfield* (Nick Reisch 71, Alex Gorman 80, Bridger Ryan 81, Pat LaLancette 88) 232; Thompson Valley 241, Greeley Central 245, Mountain View 252, Longmont 254, Roosevelt 261, Windsor 261, Fort Morgan 263, Sterling 263, Erie 264, Centaurus 272, Niwot 272, Northridge 282, Skyline 296, Frederick 322.
Top finishers/state qualifiers — 1. Reisch, Broomfield, 71; 2. Spencer Roberts, Erie, 74; 3. Rademacher-Howe, Silver Creek, 75; 4. Adolfson, Silver Creek, 76; 5. Justin Inslee, Centaurus, 77; 6. Wonnacott, Silver Creek, 77; 7. Grant Foster, Greeley Central, 79; 8. Josh McLaughlin, Thompson Valley, 79; 9. Jared Mannatt, Longmont, 80; 10. Gorman, Broomfield, 80, 11. Zach Dwyer, Thompson Valley, 80; 12. Brett Krantz, Windsor, 80; 13. Ryan Gorney, Mountain View, 81; 14. Quinton Volk, Mountain View, 81; 15. Ryan, Broomfield, 81; 16. Eric Damrell, Greeley Central, 82; 17. Connor Quirk, Roosevelt, 82; 18. Marshall Loewen, Thompson Valley, 82; 19. Bryan Klein, Sterling, 83.
Alternates — Logan Parks, Greeley Central, 84; Nash Bledsoe, Fort Morgan 85.
Other Centaurus results — Nick Inslee 92, Keegan Grieble 103, Ben Hibl 106.
Other Erie results — Dalton Anderson 95, Ryan Fesmire, 95, Conor Bosua 99.
Frederick results — Spencer Lahrs 96, Tyler Moore 99, Cody Campos 127, Dereck Tabor 133.
Other Longmont results — Seth Dykema 86, Lane O’Connor 88, Nick Knuteson 99.
Niwot results — Sean Guderian 89, Luke Toillion 89, TK Coody 94, Sam Toillion 96.
Skyline results — Ryan Cheung 95, Adam Reigle 98, Dillon Blythe 103, Wes Back 112.
*–Top two teams qualify all four players for state tournament.