The recent floods that have plagued a good portion of the Front Range this past week have caused another ripple on the high school sports landscape. This time, one of the state golf tournaments has been left scrambling.
On Tuesday, the Colorado High School Activities Association announced it was seeking a new venue for the 5A finals. Originally scheduled to tee off at CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora, the tournament instead will be held in another Denver Metro-area course that will be announced Wednesday. The two-day tournament still is expected to begin on Monday, Sept. 30, as previously scheduled.
Regarding the flooding that has ravaged CommonGround and the surrounding area, CHSAA associate commissioner Bert Borgmann said “the entire back nine is a water hazard now.”
Though he would not reveal which three courses are being considered as the new state venue, Borgmann assured that it would be a course in the metro area.
“It’s the Metro’s turn to host 5A,” Borgmann said. “So that’s not going to change.”
For the second consecutive year Boulder qualified as a team after winning the 5A Western Regional on Monday, an effort sparked by three top-six finishes and a regional title for junior Grant Rogers. Panthers coach Rick Uhlir said the only drawback to not yet knowing the state venue is the mad scramble that soon will ensue for teams trying to line up tee times for practice rounds.
“I think you have to play a course at least twice before a tournament like state,” Uhlir said. “You play it once and then you go out to hit again and you find yourself in a place you didn’t know existed. It’s always good to play a course more than once.”
Fairview and Monarch will vie for bids at state when they compete at the 5A Northern Regional Thursday at The Broadlands.
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