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    Fast-improving Mitchell Gore expects to play a bigger role for the 2015 Legacy boys golf team.

  • Legacy golfer Colbee Baessler hopes to help fill a big...

    Paul Aiken / Daily Camera

    Legacy golfer Colbee Baessler hopes to help fill a big void for the Lightning with the graduation of state stalwarts Li Chen and Trevor Glen.

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The mark that Li Chen and Trevor Glen left on the Legacy golf program should not be measured simply with the scorecards they turned in.

Yes the top 10 finishes were nice — and Chen was twice a Class 5A state runner-up — but it was the work they put in behind the scenes that left an indelible mark.

“(Chen) kind of fell into our lap, but Trevor really dedicated himself. Because when he first started he was as good some of the younger kids we have now,” said Legacy coach Bobby Ortega, who watched his duo both finish in the top seven last season in at the 5A finals. “He just continued to work and strive hard and he grew a little bit more. But his work ethic is why he was successful.

“So I am hoping that same kind of drive can feed down to these guys and by the time they are junior and seniors and are competitive like (Chen) and Trevor were.”

The hard work paid off for the dynamic duo. Chen is trying to walk-on at the University of Northern Colorado and Glen earned a scholarship to West Texas A&M.

But simply because Chen and Glen are gone doesn’t mean the Legacy golf program is just going to fade away. No, the foundation has been set and will be carried on by this year’s senior tandem of Mitchell Gore and Colbee Baessler.

Both have been a part of the varsity program for each of the last three seasons, and in much the same way Glen progressed, Ortega has seen the same in them.

“Mitchell was probably shooting over 100 when he started and now he is in the upper-70s consistently and that is because he has dedicated himself and seen what the benefits of what hard work does,” Ortega said. “Those boys have been around that and have seen what can happen.”

Add to the mix a talented sophomore in Jaxon Franklin and a couple of freshmen that Ortega thinks could pay immediate dividends and the Lightning should be right back in the Front Range League fray.

“The boys really seem to come alive when it is crunch time,” Ortega said. “I would expect us to be in the top half (of the league) even though we are rebuilding, I think we can accomplish that.”

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