LONGMONT — Niwot’s Christopher Gunlikson finished his round and Ute Creek on Tuesday just before the rain started, and he finished with a statement shot.
On the final stroke of his round, the Cougars sophomore chipped in from 15 feet to make birdie in No. 18. The clutch shot capped Gunlikson’s fourth birdie of the afternoon and a 2-over round that landed him in second place at the sixth Northern League match of the season.
Two weeks away from regionals, it was a good time for Gunlikson to have a good day.
“That was a little lucky but I’m happy with it,” Gunlikson said. “This whole round was a little bit better for me. My goal is to consistently shoot around even so this is a good step in the right direction.”
As well as his round ended, Gunlikson’s start was not so hot. He was 3-over through the first three holes and 4-over through six. But starting with a birdie on the par-3 eighth hole, he birdied three of the next six holes.
“It was a rough start but I got it back toward the end,” Gunlikson said. “I made some putts on the back nine and I was hitting the ball better. Our team actually practices out here about two times a week so that helped a little bit. Overall, I think we’ve struggled a little bit this season. But I think we’re starting to get it together and I think we’ll do better.”
Gunlikson was three strikes behind Tuesday’s winner, Northridge’s Traejan Andrews. Mountain View’s Gavin McWhorter tied with Gunlikson and Longmont’s Adam Gannon, who had three birdies on the day, was fourth.
With Garrett Stansel and Ben Harding leading the way in sixth and seventh, respectively, Silver Creek won the team competition — 12 combined strokes ahead of Northridge. Thompson Valley was third and Longmont was fourth. Centaurus was sixth, Mountain View was seventh and Greeley Central was eighth.
Silver Creek’s Quinn Lockwood and Brody Kuehl finished ninth and 10th, respectively. Teammate John Sekich also tied for 10th.