LONGMONT — Grant Rogers would have been happy to play for the Boulder amateur championship this summer.
The only problem? That tournament wasn’t held. So, he went looking for another challenge.
“It was a lot of fun last year playing in the Boulder one, but they didn’t have it this year,” the Boulder High sophomore said, “so I just thought I’d come out here and try to get a city championship this year.”
He got it. On Wednesday, Rogers claimed the Longmont Junior City championship with a three-day score of 213, or 1-over par. Rogers capped the week with a 2-over 72 at Twin Peaks Golf Course on Wednesday.
“I bogeyed both of the last two holes,” he said. “That didn’t end it great, but other than that, it was a great three days.”
After opening with a 2-under 70 on Monday at Ute Creek Golf Course and firing a 1-over 71 at Fox Hill Country Club on Tuesday, Rogers brought a four-shot lead into Wednesday’s round.
Andrew Rademacher-Howe, from Silver Creek High School, finished six shots back and squared off with Rogers in the final pairing of the boys 16-18 division.
“We were really the only two in contention going into today, so it was kind of a match-play situation,” Rogers said. “Andrew is a great player, but he just kind of struggled out of the gate.”
Rademacher-Howe got it together, though, and at one point pulled within three. He had birdied two holes in a row, while Rogers went bogey-double bogey.
“I thought I could possibly get something going (after that),” Rademacher-Howe said. “It just never happened.”
Rademacher-Howe missed several short putts, leaving him frustrated.
“I hit the ball all right, I just lipped out a few too many putts,” he said. “It’s frustrating, but it happens. I’m pretty solid usually in that range, but I don’t know what happened today. Just an overall pretty demoralizing and frustrating day.”
Rogers and Rademacher-Howe were supposed to be paired with third-place Ryan Burke, who is Rademacher-Howe’s good friend. Burke, however, skipped the round because of an illness. That hurt Rademacher-Howe’s chances at winning, he said.
“I usually play a lot better when I’m with closer friends,” he said. “(Burke) indirectly keeps me calm, and it’s just a joy to play with him.”
Even having Burke around might not have been enough to help Rademacher-Howe catch Rogers, though.
“I have to say good job to Grant,” Rademacher-Howe said. “He played really solid golf. I’m sure he’s pretty happy with what he did. I was glad to play with him.”
Rogers credited his new putter, but most of his clubs seemed to be working well. When the tournament ended, Rogers put his clubs away and started thinking about his next task. He’s scheduled to pitch for Boulder’s Legion A baseball team Thursday in the state tournament.
“I hope to pitch well after all this golf,” he said.
Daniel Pearson also walked away with a tournament title. He won the boys 13-15 division by four shots over Luke Toillion. Pearson finished at 18-over, 195 for the three days.
“I played well,” he said. “It wasn’t my best, but it worked.”
A heavy thunderstorm Wednesday afternoon caused the boys 13-15 division to be cut short. Players were scattered around the back nine when they were waved in and tournament officials decided to call the tournament. Only the front nine scores were counted on Wednesday.
“It was a little disappointing we didn’t get to finish today, but it was still fun to play,” Pearson said. “I was a little angry with my start (Wednesday) because I had two doubles in the first three holes, but I played well after that.”
Zack Beckwith won the boys 12-and-under division, while Janti Klimecki won the girls division. A senior-to-be on the Skyline golf team, Klimecki concluded with a 91 on Wednesday.
“I got better and better as the days went on,” she said.
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LONGMONT CITY JUNIOR GOLF
At Twin Peaks G.C., Par 70
Boys 16-18 division (par 212) — Grant Rogers, 70-71-72–213; Andrew Howe, 72-73-74–219; Todd Millard, 76-76-76–228; Samuel Toillion, 80-80-72–232; Seth Dykema, 81-80-75–236; Dalton Haase, 79-79-79–237; Mike Tuttle, 83-79-75–237; Rudy Masias, 81-88-77–246; Austin Maydew, 108-101-98–307; Erik Sargent, 115-119-106–340; Lane O’Connor, 92-86-NS–NS; Ryan Burke, 75-77-WD–WD.
Boys 13-15 division (par 177; last round cut to 9 holes) — Daniel Pearson, 78-79-38–195; Luke Toillion, 84-77-38–199; Jackson Solem, 85-80-41–206; Forrest Weaver, 85-88-40–213; Tyler Faye, 92-88-48–228; Jake Gannon, 103-99-43–245; Nick Heard, 97-105-43–245; Matthew Reh, 102-103-55–260; Hunter Hill, 106-111-49–266; Adam Schane, 109-113-46–268; Cody Taylor, 103-124-43–270; Michael Nannen, 113-109-56–278; Luke Bedell, 115-121-62–298; Evan Kerlee, 125-142-56–323; Jay Ostrom, 92-90-WD–WD.
Boys 12-and-under division (par 106; 9 holes each round)– Zack Beckwith, 52-43-53–148; T.J. Shehee, 57-50-49–156; Adam Gannon, 55-54-49–158.
Girls division (par 212) — Janti Klimecki, 96-94-91–281; Erin Sargent, 110-120-106–336.
Note: Round 1 at Ute Creek G.C. (par 72) and Round 2 at Fox Hill C.C. (par 70).