EVERGREEN — If Alex Gorman and Bridger Ryan could have a do-over, they might just take it.
Broomfield’s twosome at the Class 4A state golf tournament didn’t fare as well as they would have liked, but when all was said and done at Hiwan Country Club, they had no reason to hang their heads.
“This was an extremely tough golf course, especially the greens,” Gorman said. “I was striping the ball the whole tournament, but once you get on the greens, you have to be in the right spot.”
Gorman rebounded from a rough opening-round 83 on Monday to fire a respectable 8-over par 78 on Tuesday and finish in the top 20.
“I definitely wanted to play better than (Monday) and wanted to be in the 70’s and I did that,” Gorman said. “This is a wonderful course and a once-in-a-lifetime chance, and I’ll probably never get the chance to play out here again unless I’m playing in another tournament.
“(Because) I sure as heck am not going to pay the rate to play here.”
Ryan also improved on his Day 1 outing, firing an 11-over 81 on Day 2. And ever the sarcastic teenager, Ryan was at a loss for serious words to describe his experience in Evergreen.
“I got to play Hiwan and I got a new sign for the bedroom,” said Ryan, who proudly hung on to his fluorescent yellow name placard. “If you can’t hit it, you aren’t going to play well. I’m just happy I did better myself.
“I know I can play better, that’s the thing. So many shots that I just left in the rough too many times in some unlucky holes and stuff that I just can’t deal with. I’m used to playing Broadlands, and if you get off the fairway here, you are dead.”
And rest assured, Ryan won’t be losing much sleep over his performance and the constant “what if’s?”
“I go ‘what if?’ after every shot,” Ryan joked.
All in all it was a successful two days at Hiwan and Eagles coach John Ferraro was proud of his boys’ performance over the two days, even if the scores didn’t show it.
“They really bounced back,” Ferraro said. “You know Bridger had a really bad opening nine on Monday and then came back with a 38 and that really shows that he never backed down. He was down on himself a little bit, but he came back and played three good nines since then and there is a lot to be said for that.”
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Class 4A state tournament
At Hiwan C.C., par 70-70 — 140
Team scores — Valor Christian 228-225 — 453, Silver Creek 223-233 — 456; Cheyenne Mountain 230-233 — 463, Coronado 234-239 — 473, Durango 239-235 — 474, Pueblo South 241-236 — 477; D’Evelyn 243-235 — 478, Evergreen 249-242 — 491, Steamboat Springs 251-247 — 498, Windsor 258-246 — 504, Thompson Valley 260-261 — 521, Ponderosa 274-268 — 542.
Top 10 individuals — 1. Isaac Petersilie, Coronado, 144; 2. Wilson Belk, Cheyenne Mountain, 145; 3. Glenn Workman, Pueblo West, 147; 4. Jake Staiano, Valor Christian, 148; t-5. Andrew Rademacher-Howe, Silver Creek, 149; t-5. Jakob Rudosky, Montezuma-Cortez, 149; 7. Ross MacDonald, Valor Christian 152; 8. Trevor Bogus, Durango, 153; t-9. Jackson Solem, Silver Creek, 154; t-9. Josh Seiple, Valor Christian, 154.
Broomfield results — Alex Gorman 161; Bridger Ryan 168.