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    Monarch's Danny Gallant chips from the sand onto the green during the first day of the 2015 CHSAA 5A Boys' Golf Championship in Fort Collins.

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    Boulder's Freddie Gluck watches his putt fall short during the first day of the 2015 CHSAA 5A Boys' Golf Championship in Fort Collins.

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    Boulder's Freddie Gluck watches his putt fall short during the first day of the 2015 CHSAA 5A Boys' Golf Championship in Fort Collins.

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    Boulder's Alec Poorman watches second shot head toward the green during the first day of the 2015 CHSAA 5A Boys' Golf Championship in Fort Collins.

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    Fairview's Daniel Pearson lets his club drop after teeing off during the first day of the 2015 CHSAA 5A Boys' Golf Championship in Fort Collins. Pearson shot a 76 and is nine shots behind the leader. More photos: BoCoPreps.com.

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FORT COLLINS — Every golfer sets exorbitant goals.

That’s why, when they don’t reach them it can send a round spiraling out of control before they ever have a chance to right the ship.

Fairview’s Daniel Pearson knew that par was a good score at Fort Collins Country Club, but he also knew there were places where the golf course was vulnerable … like the par-5’s.

On Monday in the first round of the Class 5A state tournament, Pearson had a chance to make a quick dent, starting on the par-5 10th, but a ho-hum par didn’t sit well.

“I was terrible today, I’m not going to lie. That was probably the worst I’ve played all year,” said Pearson, who carded a 5-over par 76 and sits tied for 25th place and nine shots out of the lead set by Fort Collins’ Hunter Paugh (4-under, 67).

“I putted well, that was about it though.”

Pearson, who won his regional tournament two weeks ago at the Broadlands in Broomfield, struggled off the tee and it became a theme throughout the day. On No. 11 a wayward tee ball led to his lone double bogey of the round.

Just trying to back away, he took iron off the par-4 12th, only to go wide right there too. He would eventually save par there.

“I just wasn’t good off the tee at all,” Pearson said. ” I was a little frustrated with how short they set up the course. The shorter they make it, the more people have a chance to win, but I should have played way better than that if I wanted to win state.

“It doesn’t matter how they set it up, I should be way better than that.”

Pearson birdied the par-5 1st, his 10th, and scrambled his way to an inward 1-over 36.

He knows there is a good number out there and will just try and chip away at the deficit in front of him.

“A good round tomorrow, and we will see what happens,” Pearson said. “Hopefully I’ll hit more fairways, because when I did I was fine. Hopefully I get a few on the front nine and see where I’m at and get a few more on the back and we will see what happens.”

Fairview’s foursome of Pearson, Andrew Perry (81), Will Branan (84) and Eli King (86) finished at 241 as a team, which was good enough 12th overall. Lakewood and Regis Jesuit are tied for the team lead at 219.

Monarch was two spots ahead of Fairview in the team standings. Danny Gallant led the way for the Coyotes, firing a 6-over par 77. Buck Guthrie came in at 78 and Ethan Alexander shot an 81.

Boulder’s Alex Poorman shot a 7-over par 78 and is tied for 36th place with Guthrie and Broomfield’s Shane Tilger.

Tee times will start at 8:30 on Tuesday morning. Pearson will go off No. 1 at 9:15, Gallant at 9:06 and Poorman at 8:48.

Jon Yunt: yuntj@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/JonEYunt

CLASS 5A STATE TOURNAMENT

At Fort Collins C.C., par 71

Team scores — Lakewood 219, Regis Jesuit 219, Fossil Ridge 221, Coronado 223, Mountain Vista 226, Heritage 227, Highlands Ranch 231, Grand Junction 231, Arapahoe 234, Monarch 236, Rock Canyon 240, Fairview 241, Cherry Creek 245.

Top individuals — 1. Hunter Paugh, Fort Collins, 67; T2. A.J. Ott, Fort Collins, 71; T2. Griffin Barela, Lakewood, 71; T2., Austin Hardman, Mountain Vista, 71; T2., Andrew McCormick, Regis Jesuit, 71; T6. Josh Caridi, Fossil Ridge, 72; T6. Jack Castiglia, Lakewood 72; 8. Tyler Zhang, Regis Jesuit 73; T9. Chadd Vasquez, Doherty 74; T9. Troy Dangler, Fruita Monument, 74; T9. Marcus Tait, Columbine, 74; T9. Nick Leibold, Heritage, 74; T9. Dillon Stewart, Fossil Ridge, 74; T9. Isaac Petersilie, Coronado, 74; T9. Wes Moran, Coronado, 74; T9. Jackson Crist, Highlands Ranch, 74; T9. Canon Olkowski, Grand Junction, 74; T9. Trevor Olkowski, Grand Junction, 74; T9. David Packer, Arapahoe, 74.

Boulder results — Alec Poorman 78; Freddie Gluck 84.

Broomfield results — Shane Tilger 78; Ryan May 89.

Fairview results — Daniel Pearson 76; Andrew Perry 81; Will Branan 84; Eli King 86.

Monarch results — Danny Gallant 77; Buck Guthrie 78; Ethan Alexander 81.