PUEBLO — Fortunes rise and fall at the Class 3A state tournament and Peak to Peak’s Behrod Keshtavar took control of his at the 2013 state tournament.
On Monday and Tuesday at Pueblo Country Club, Keshtavar shot a two-day score of 145 to take second place four strokes behind Basalt’s Tristan Rohrbaugh. For his final season with the Pumas, Keshtavar couldn’t think of a better end to his prep career.
“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.”
Keshtavar shot a 2-over 73 to move up two spots from fourth-place and pass Dawson School’s Cole Folwell and Cam Connor. He found a rhythm and came within one stroke of Rohrbaugh before a triple-bogey on the 12th halted his progress.
In a team scoring race that quickly became a competition for second place behind the Dawson School Mustangs, the Pumas surged to the finish on Day 2. The Pumas moved up from fifth place and turned in a 471 team score to finish tied with Lutheran for second place.
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.
“I went out there and did the best that I could and it worked out really well,” Taylor said. “It was a really challenging course. I gave it my best and I was happy with my score. The greens were giving a lot of people trouble. I gave myself a goal for this tournament not to three-putt at all and I achieved it.”
The Pumas opened Tuesday’s second round eight strokes behind second-place Kent Denver.
“We were all really excited about our opportunity to get second,” Taylor said. “We were a few shots out of second to start the day but we worked really hared to catch up and we achieved it. I’m really proud of my team for that.”
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