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Boys golf: Holy Family finishes second at final Metro tournament

AURORA — Golf coaches will tell you that they are happy with consistent play from their teams.

Holy Family coach Will Wilson’s team took that a bit to an extreme on Wednesday afternoon in the final Metropolitan League tournament at a sloppy CommonGround Golf Course. His team fired a full house of three 80’s and two 83’s in what amounted to a 3A Metro Regional warm-up.

“We’ll assume our scores will be a lot lower on Monday,” Wilson said. “Our goal all season has been to have three guys in the 70’s and today was just a tough day to accomplish that. We had three guys at 80 and that wasn’t nearly enough to catch that Lutheran squad that just tore it up.”

The second-ranked Lions slogged their way around the par-71 layout with relative ease — they had three of the four players to break 80 — and rolled to a 13-shot team victory over the Tigers. Lutheran’s Hayden Nicholaides survived the brutal elements better than anybody, firing a 3-over par 74 and was one shot better than Peak to Peak’s Jack Cavanaugh.

The Holy Family threesome of Joey Bartoletti, Tyler Smiens and Conor Stanley all shot 80 in what at least for the first two-plus hours of the round looked more like a scene from the British Open than a typical September Colorado day.

It was a simple peek at Bartoletti’s card that showed you all you needed to know about the weather. The senior went out in 7-over 43 and came home in 37.

“I’m not happy with 80, but I’ll take it today especially with the conditions on the front nine,” said Bartoletti, who finished tied for 26th at state a year ago. “I turned it around on the back, so I’m going into next week feeling good.”

And everybody understands that the course they saw on Wednesday will in no way be the same one they see on Monday.

“I’ve got a great feel for it, if it’s wet or dry,” Bartoletti said. “However it’s going to be next week, I feel comfortable.”

Matthew Collier and Patrick Heneghan fired matching 83’s for the Tigers and recorded top-10 finishes on Wednesday.

Said Wilson: “A couple days of hard work and practice out here on the weekend, I’m sure we can come back with four guys under 80 and hopefully win a regional title, but at least get four guys to state.”

The Class 3A state tournament will be Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at Pueblo Country Club.

Cavanaugh was the bright spot for the Peak to Peak Pumas on Wednesday. After fellow senior Behrod Keshtavar bowed out after six holes still fighting off a sore throat that bugged him the day before, Cavanaugh literally weathered the storm and built up some confidence going into the regional tournament.

“Hopefully the conditions will be a lot better, there is no way they can get much worse,” Cavanaugh said. “They said they were playing the course the same way today as they would for regionals, so it was nice to know some of the pin placements.”

With Keshtavar out of the line-up, the Pumas finished a distant fifth place, 54 shots behind Lutheran. Cos Braswell shot 87, Sam Taylor an 89 and Kam Graber rounded out the scoring for Peak to Peak with a 113.

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At CommonGround G.C., par 71

Team scores — Lutheran 310, Holy Family 323, Kent Denver 337, Colorado Academy 356, Peak to Peak 364, Bishop Machebeuf 397, Faith Christian 399, Jefferson Academy 400, Kiowa 446.

Top 10 individuals — 1. Hayden Nicholaides, Lutheran, 74; 2. Jack Cavanaugh, Peak to Peak, 75; T3. Payton DeVencenty, Lutheran, 78; T3. Justin Vaughn, Lutheran, 78; T5. Joey Bartoletti, Holy Family, 80; T5. Tyler Smiens, Holy Family 80; T5. Conor Stanley, Holy Family 80; T5. Nate Vaughn, Lutheran, 80; T9. Matthew Collier, Holy Family, 83; T9. Patrick Heneghan, Holy Family, 83.

Other Peak to Peak results — Cos Braswell, 87; Sam Taylor, 89; Kam Graber, 113; Behrod Keshtavar, WD.