Day one of the Longmont City Junior Golf Championship concluded Monday with two friends at the top of the leader board.
Daniel Pearson is the lone leader after posting a 73 at Ute Creek Golf Course. The 15-year old had little trouble with the par-72 course.
“I had one bad hole and the rest of it was pretty solid,” Pearson said. “I tripled number five. I hit it right out of bounds but other than that it was a pretty solid day.”
The Fairview golfer considered the first-round effort a good start.
“A couple over is pretty solid (for me), so a 73 … is a good score for me,” Pearson said.
Pearson’s friend and playing partner Jackson Solem, 15, made his way near the top as well. Solem, a Longmont Christian student who plays for Silver Creek, finished the first round tied for second in the championship flight with Darren Edwards. Both shot a 76. However, Solem is not worried about his three-shot deficit to Pearson.
“(My round) was definitely a little bit dicey,” Solem said. “It was one of my worst rounds in a while. I just struggled, especially towards the end, but there are two days left that I can make a move.”
Solem recognized where he struggled and knows how to fix his problems on the course for the rest of the tournament.
“I need to put the ball on the fairway and on the green more than I did today,” Solem said. “I hit the ball pretty poorly and cost myself.”
Despite the fact that both players will be sophomores in the fall, both expect to be their schools’ No. 1 golfers. Last season, Pearson finished tied for 35th at the 5A state tournament with a two-round total of 157 (13-over par). Solem finished tied for ninth at the 4A state meet, shooting 14-over par for the two-round tournament.
For now, Solem is content with playing golf with his peers whether he makes up that three-stroke deficit to Pearson or not.
“(My game plan) is coming out and having fun,” Solem said. “I consider it three days of golf with your friends and going out there and playing well and if you happen to win, that’s good.”
The Longmont City Junior Golf Championship continues Tuesday at Sunset Golf Course and concludes Wednesday at Twins Peaks Golf Course.
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