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    Dawson School's Cole Folwell tees off during the second-round of the 2013 Class 3A state golf finals. The Mustangs won their first state title.

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    Peak to Peak's Behrod Keshtavar turned in a brilliant second day at the 2013 3A state golf finals to place second overall.

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    Dawson School's Cole Folwell (left) and Yale Kim hoist the Class 3A team state championship trophy after the state tournament at Pueblo Country Club in Pueblo on Tuesday.

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PUEBLO — The Dawson School boys golf players knew their team’s realistic potential better than anyone.

The Mustangs believed they had at least three players who could compete for the individual title at the Class 3A state golf championship at Pueblo Country Club on Monday and Tuesday. They believed they had a deep enough team to cover for one another’s mistakes and slumps.

The Mustangs were right about everything.

After two days of play against the state’s best, the Mustangs brought home their school’s first team title, beating out Peak to Peak and Lutheran by 26 strokes.

“We got the team title. That was our goal coming in,” senior captain Cam Connor said. “It’s awesome to get Dawson its first state championship as a team. All of us are so close as friends that it made it even better to be able to do it with such a great group of guys.”

After a stellar Day 1, Connor and junior teammate Cole Folwell started Day 2 sharing the lead at 2-under par. As a team, the Mustangs had a comfortable 22-stroke lead on Kent Denver.

Both the Mustangs’ top guns faltered in the second round. Folwell carded a 6-over par 77 and dropped to third place, five strokes back of individual state champion Tristan Rohrbaugh from Basalt, while Connor shot 7-over and fell to fourth.

“It was a little frustrating. Not a lot of shots went our way,” Folwell said. “I grinded it out towards the end and I had a good stretch of pars to finish it out. But I was birdie-less for the whole day, which was kind of hard to swallow. I feel like we were hitting good shots and rolling good puts, it was just one of those days where it doesn’t work out. We gave it our best today and we’re happy to finish in the top five.”

Exhibiting poise beyond his years, Mustangs freshman Yale Kim shot a 6-over 77 to finish in a four-way tie for seventh place.

Landing three players in the top 10 at the state tournament was pretty much what the Mustangs were hoping for. It was more than enough to win the title, which they had practically locked up by the time they went to bed on Monday.

“The golf course was great. The greens were pretty tough but I got used to them,” Kim said. “I’m still a freshman and I never thought I’d be top 10 but I was able to do it. It feels really great. It gives me so much confidence.”

Senior captain Christian Wagner went 87-86 to finish the tournament 15-over and in a four-way tie for 48th place. He wasn’t happy with the way he played, but Wagner said taking the team title despite off days like his was what made this year’s Mustangs team a special one — and arguably the deepest, most talented team in school history.

“It was a tough couple days. I didn’t play how I usually have throughout the season,” Wagner said. “But I enjoyed my time here. What our team accomplished this year and at state is just awesome. It’s a great way to end. I’m so proud of my team.”

In what quickly became a competition for second place behind the Mustangs, the Peak to Peak Pumas surged to the finish on Day 2 behind a second-place individual finish from senior Behrod Keshtavar. The Pumas moved up from fifth place and into a tie with Lutheran for second place.

Keshtavar shot a 2-over 73 to move up two spots into fourth-place behind Rohrbaugh, Folwell and Connor. He found a rhythm and came within one stroke of Rohrbaugh before a triple-bogey on the 12th halted his progress.

“I was pretty happy with how I played today. I ran into a few bumps in the road but other than that I gave it my best so I can’t complain,” Keshtavar said. “I fell a little short but Tristan is a great player and I’m happy for him. I was going to be happy with second place coming into this tournament and I’m happy for our No. 2 Jack Cavanagh, he really pulled it together today and our freshman Sam Taylor had two consistent rounds in the 70s. We did a great job as a team.”

After an unwelcome 92 on Day 1, Cavanagh bounced back with a 78 to move up 24 spots into 38th place. Taylor shot 79, 77 to finish in a tie for 13th place. Cos Braswell shot a two-day 191 and tied for 74th.

The Holy Family Tigers ended up in sixth-place.

Senior Joey Bartoletti led the Tigers in a tie for 19th with a two-day 161. Matthew Collier shot 163 for 23rd place, Conor Stanley shot 164 for 26th place and Tyler Smiens shot 172 for 45th.

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Class 3A state tournament

At Pueblo Country Club, par 71

Team scores — Alexander Dawson 445, Lutheran 471, Peak to Peak 471, Aspen 474, Kent Denver 484, Holy Family 488, Manitou Springs 494, Vail Christian 496, Alamosa 500, Eaton 509, Colorado Academy 512, Vail Mountain 517, Trinidad 562.

Top 10 individuals — 1. Tristan Rohrbaugh, Basalt, 71-70-141; 2. Behrod Keshtavar, Peak to Peak, 72-73-145; 3. Cole Folwell, Dawson School, 69-77-146; 4. Cam Connor, Alexander Dawson, 69-78-147; 5. Hayden Nicholaides, Lutheran, 78-70-148; 6. Payton DeVencenty, Lutheran, 76-75-151; t7. Clayton Crawford, Aspen, 78-74-152; t7. Gary Schlatter, Kent Denver, 73-79-152; t7. Matt Benavidas, Alamosa, 77-75-152; t7. Yale Kim, Dawson School, 75-77-152.

Other Dawson results — t48. Christian Wagner, 87-86-173.

Peak to Peak results — t13. Sam Taylor, 79-77-156; t38. Jack Cavanagh, 92-78-170; t74. Cos Braswell, 94-97-191.

Holy Family results — t19. Joey Bartoletti, 81-80-161; t23. Matthew Collier, 81-82-163; t26. Conor Stanley, 82-82-164; t45. Tyler Smiens, 88-84-172.

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