Boys golf: Area players flourish on relaxed Day 2 of 5A state tournament

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    Broomfield's Shane Tilger tees off during the second day of the 2015 CHSAA 5A Boys' Golf Championships in Fort Collins.

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    Fairview's Daniel Pearson tees off during the second day of the 2015 CHSAA 5A Boys' Golf Championships in Fort Collins.

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    Monarch's Danny Gallant tees off during the second day of the 2015 CHSAA 5A Boys' Golf Championships in Fort Collins. More photos:



FORT COLLINS — The first day of the Class 5A state golf tournament at Fort Collins Country Club took its toll on some of BoCo’s finest.

The traditional layout reared up and presented it defenses to a majority of the field and knocked them out of contention going to Day 2.

It was going to be tough to catch Fort Collins’ Hunter Paugh, who opened with a stunning 4-under par 67 on Monday and hung on to win by three shots over teammate A.J. Ott, but most players were simply focused on improving from Day 1.

“Today was my last high school tournament, so I was just going out to try and have some fun,” said Boulder’s Alec Poorman, who followed up his opening round 78 with a 4-over 75 on Tuesday. “I wasn’t too worried about what was going to happen, I was just trying to play my best.”

Poorman played steady golf all day on Tuesday and had a 30 minute hiccup on both No. 7 and No. 8, going double bogey-triple bogey. He rebounded and went 1-under over his final 10 holes.

“Right now I’m feeling pretty good about it, but looking back on it, I know it could have been a lot better,” said Poorman, whose teammate Freddie Gluck shaved 10 shots off his opening round, carding a 3-over 74 to finish tied for 45th.

“I can’t be mad, because I finished out the back nine pretty well. The greens were true and I thought from fairway to green was the hardest part. If you are hitting driver off the golf course, you are making big numbers.”

On Monday, Fairview’s Daniel Pearson struggled off the tee and on Tuesday it was slightly better but the Knights junior was still wayward at times.

After opening birdie-birdie with two lengthy putts, Pearson appeared like he was going to make a run. He was still 1-under on his round heading to the short par-4 No.8, but a tee-shot into the auxiliary parking lot led to a double bogey. He righted the ship and played even-par golf the rest of the way, carding a 1-over 72 to finish with a two day total of 148, good enough for 12th place.

“It was basically the same story ball-striking wise, I just chipped and putted better than I did yesterday,” Pearson said. “I hit terrible tee shot on both days on (No. 8) and played it in 3-over.

“I just had no idea where I was hitting it off the tee and that hole is not the hole to play when there is trouble right and left.”

As a team the Knights improved by seven shots on Tuesday, with junior Eli King also shaving six shots off of his opening round 86, to fire an 80 on Tuesday.

Monarch’s Danny Gallant had back-to-back days going sub-80, and after a second round 7-over par 78, Gallant could only tip his hat to course.

“I played pretty solid, but this is a tough course,” said Gallant, whose teammate Ethan Alexander shot a 5-over 76 on Tuesday. “There were a lot of pins I wasn’t familiar with, but I fought through and played pretty well.”

Regis Jesuit was the overall team champions, finishing one shot better than both Lakewood and Coronado.

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At Fort Collins C.C., par 71

Team scores — Regis Jesuit 219-222 — 441, Lakewood 219-223 — 442, Coronado 223-219 — 442, Fossil Ridge 221-224 — 445, Arapahoe 234-223 — 457, Heritage 227-233 — 460, Highlands Ranch 231-230 — 461, Mountain Vista 226-237 — 463, Grand Junction 231-233 — 464, Rock Canyon 240-230 — 470, Monarch 236-238 — 474, Fairview 241-234 — 475, Cherry Creek 245-233 — 478.

Top individuals — 1. Hunter Paugh, Fort Collins, 67-71 — 138; 2. A.J. Ott, Fort Collins, 71-70 — 141; T3. Trevor Olkowski, Grand Junction, 74-69 — 143; T3. Andrew McCormick, Regis Jesuit, 71-72 — 143; T5. Josh Caridi, Fossil Ridge 72-72 — 144; T5. Griffin Barela, Lakewood, 71-73 — 144; T5. Tyler Zhang, Regis Jesuit, 73-71 — 144; T5. Austin Hardman, Mountain Vista, 71-73 — 144; 9. Chadd Vasquez, Doherty, 74-71 — 145; 10. Isaac Petersilie, Coronado, 74-72 — 146.

Boulder results — T28. Alec Poorman 78-75 — 153; T45. Freddie Gluck 84-74 — 158.

Broomfield results — T49. Shane Tilger 78-81 — 159; T67. Ryan May 89-77 — 166.

Fairview results — T12. Daniel Pearson 76-72 — 148; T58. Andrew Perry 81-82 — 163; T67. Eli King 86-80 — 166; T71. Will Branan 84-85 — 169.

Monarch results — T33. Danny Gallant 77-78 — 155; T42. Ethan Alexander 81-76 — 157; T56. Buck Guthrie 78-84 — 162.