LAFAYETTE — Staying in the present, and not the past, was the prevailing mindset for the Dawson School boys golf team this season.
In the past, Dawson golf was a program moving from upstart to competitive. In the present, the Mustangs are the Class 3A state champions.
At the 2013 3A state tournament, where the Mustangs earned the program’s first title, it was junior Cole Folwell that led the way. Helping lead the Mustangs to their first state title earned Folwell the Times-Call Boys Golfer of the Year award.
“I felt towards the end of the season I was kind of building up and I made a big breakthrough with my golf game,” Folwell said. “To climax it at state was great. I’m a little upset I didn’t hold on for the individual title. But I definitely felt like I was in control and it was a great way to end the season.”
At the state tournament in the initial days of October, Folwell shot a two-day score of 146 on par-71 Pueblo Country Club. His score landed him in third-place, just one stroke ahead of senior teammate Cam Connor.
The Mustangs pair shot matching 2-under 69s on Day 1 to share the overall lead. Combined with strong finishes from freshman Yale Kim (seventh) and senior Christian Wagner (48th), the Mustangs ran away with the team title by 26 strokes.
With a complete understanding of their team title potential, the Mustangs accomplished their goal. Down the home stretch of their state title push, Folwell became the driving force.
“Golf is the kind of game where when you play a lot and play well, you can build up a lot of confidence,” Folwell said. “I had some big mental breakthroughs towards the end of the season. I had a little trouble staying in the present down the stretch but I still have next year to come back and try it again.”
Folwell said his ball-striking, greens in regulation and putting were key improvements down the stretch. As his game improved, so did the Mustangs’ chances of winning the team title.
Connor, who was listed as the Mustangs’ No. 1 golfer all season, finished fourth at state. With he and Folwell sharing the load throughout the season, the Mustangs accomplished their objective.
“Our primary goal was to get the team title,” Connor said. “I’m super proud of Cole and Yale and Christian. It was just great to bring a title to Dawson.”
Connor and Wagner will graduate in the spring. But head coach Arnold Lewis said the Mustangs will reload and try to defend their title next season.
Luckily for next year’s Mustangs, they’ll be able to reload around the Times-Call boys Golfer of the Year.
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