The Front Range League is filled with a number of solid individual golfers and quality teams that figure to be players at regional and state tournaments coming up over the next several weeks.
As it currently stands, five of the top six teams in the Front Range League standings are teams in the BoCoPreps.com area. With plenty of local rivalries between schools and players that share home courses and know each other well, that should make for in interesting finish at the final league match on Wednesday at Flatirons Golf Course.
The team most looking forward to the final league match is Fairview, which holds a 13-stroke lead on Fossil Ridge for the conference title.
“The guys have played well,” Fairview head coach John Zerwin said. “We knew we’d have a good team going into the year and I’ve just been trying to keep them focused on the big picture at the end. They’ve done a great job of continuing to get better and now we’re in a position where we can win our league.”
With one senior, a junior and two sophomores last season, the Knights tied for ninth at the 2017 Class 5A state tournament and expected to improve on that finish in 2018.
Junior Will Chadwick, who placed 57th at state last year, is third in the overall standings with a stroke total of 214, trailing Fossil Ridge’s Dillon Stewart (209) and Mountain Range’s Connor Jones (207). Fairview’s Ryder Heuston, who tied for sixth in Class 5A last season, sits in fourth at 220. Teammates Brett Reamon and Noah Vrencur are 10th and 11th, respectively.
Since they also have depth beyond their top scorers, the Knights like their chances of locking up the league title when they host the final league match on Wednesday.
“We’re five deep in our top players and we have three or four guys after that who give us a lot of depth in those fourth and five spots,” Zerwin said. “That gives us a lot of room to work when it comes to our team score.”
After current runner-up Fossil Ridge, Legacy sits third in the team scoring with one league match to play. While it will be tough to make up the 24 strokes that separate them from Fossil Ridge, the Lightning players will be looking for a strong finish from senior Ben McCormick. Legacy’s top player shot a 69 in the first league match and currently sits in fifth place, which would make him an all-conference first-teamer if he can maintain his narrow lead for that standing.
“He had a little hiccup at one of the matches but he’s been solid all around,” Legacy head coach Bobby Ortega said. “He should be sitting pretty good. He’s focusing on the process and not the score and it’s working for him. As a team, we took fifth last year and expected to be better than that this year. So that looks good too.”
Led by Thomas Volpe, who is in seventh place and one of three players within three strokes of McCormick for the fifth spot, Monarch is currently fourth in the team standings. Boulder is fifth and Broomfield if sixth.
Wednesday’s final Front Range League match will begin with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start and will determine where each team’s player will compete at regional tournaments later this month.
The Class 5A state championships will be held on Oct. 1-2 at Colorado Springs Country Club.