The biggest goal of the season has remained the same for the boys golf teams from Silver Creek and Alexander Dawson.
With the Class 4A and 3A state golf tournaments kicking off today followed by the final round on Tuesday, both clubs are in good position to win a title.
“That’s the goal,” Raptors coach Mike Maydew said on Sunday.
The 4A tournament begins at 8:30 a.m. at Pelican Lakes Golf Club in Windsor while 3A golfers will tee off starting at 9 a.m. at Dos Rios Golf Club in Gunnison.
Coming off another regional championship, Silver Creek scoped out the course over the weekend. It is safe to say they like what they see.
“There is a fair amount of trouble out there, but they played a practice round Saturday and the clubs they were choosing off the tee took most of that trouble away,” Maydew said. “It sets up well for us.”
Raptors Jack Adolfson, Ryan Burke, Andrew Rademacher-Howe and Dylan Wonnacott are all capable of firing the lowest score during any given round. And if all four can hover near par over the course of two days, the school’s first golf title could be within reach.
Valor Christian has won consecutive 4A championships and it presents the biggest obstacle in Silver Creek’s path.
Also competing are Longmont’s Jared Mannatt and Erie’s Spencer Roberts.
Like the Raptors, Alexander Dawson has set high expectations but also has a traditional powerhouse guarding the gate. Kent Denver claimed titles in 2009 and ’10.
Also similar to the Silver Creek, each member of the Mustangs’ foursome can lead the way.
“For us to be competitive as a team somebody is going to have to go low,” Alexander Dawson coach Arnold Lewis said. “Every single one of them has broken par at some point this year, so you never know who is going to step in.”
Carson Jones placed 10th at state last year and plans to improve on that finish, and Peter Hassan and Cole Nygren also have plenty of experience on the big stage. Hassan, in fact, won the individual state title just two years ago.
Cameron Connor is riding some momentum after posting the team’s low score at the regional tournament.
“He was a big reason why we won the region,” Lewis said. “And Carson has been striking the ball well too. He broke par at the Longmont Invitational and seems to be peaking at the right time.”
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