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Unless you were paying close attention, you may have missed the whirlwind prep boys golf season.

From the first Northern Conference tournament on Aug. 11 to the regional tournament, the season spanned just 41 days.

But for the Times-Call area teams, a lot happened in a short period of time. A lot of good things, that is.

“I’ve been coaching golf at Dawson for 10 years. It’s always a whirlwind,” Alexander Dawson coach Arnold Lewis said. “It’s fast and furious, but in a lot of respects it’s good for the kids. In order to be playing your best golf, you have to be playing a lot of golf.”

Playing constantly has the Dawson Mustangs on the top of their game. The Mustangs won the school’s first Class 3A regional title, and have made a strong case that their team is better than last year’s, which took third at state.

The Mustangs are taking seniors Cole Nygren and Peter Hassan, who won state as a sophomore, to Dos Rios Golf Club in Gunnison on Oct. 3-4. They’ll be joined by Carson Jones, who finished 10th a year ago, and sophomore Cam Connor, who shot a 75 at regionals.

They’ll have to dethrone Kent Denver, and outshoot Lutheran- Parker, but the Mustangs have a shot to win the team title. And their showings against 4A and 5A competition, as well as the regional championship, has them confident.

“We’re so proud of the accomplishment,” Lewis said. “We hope to bring our best game with us to Gunnison.

“I think other schools look at Dawson and they know we’re in the conversation. They know if we play our best golf, we’re going to be competitive.”

The Mustangs heading to state with four qualifiers is becoming a trend, one that can only relieve pressure and help them play loose.

“It’s just a lot of fun,” Lewis said. “Golf can be a real loner kind of sport. But to have someone in the trenches with you, we’re really excited to go to state as a team.”

The Mustangs did something new, but the Silver Creek Raptors dominating the Northern League and winning their third straight 4A regional title surprised no one. Jack Adolfson, Dylan Wonnacott and Ryan Burke are headed back to state, and Andrew Rademacher-Howe is going with them.

Nearly the same Raptors lineup finished fourth at state last year. They’re among the favorites to take home the team title in 2011, but will have to outshoot Valor Christian to do it.

Spencer Roberts from Erie will compete in the 4A state championships as an individual, as will Longmont’s Jared Mannett.

With an abundance of talent, the Longmont-area schools have an outside shot to win both the boys Class 4A and Class 3A golf titles.

Brad Cochi can be reached at bcochi@times-call.com.

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