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Boys golf: Boulder’s AlQatami leads local state qualifiers

All four Panthers shoot qualifying rounds

Boulder’s Grant AlQatami, seen here competing ...
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Boulder’s Grant AlQatami, seen here competing during a Front Range League meet last week, shot a 1-over 72 on Monday at the Class 5A Southern Regional to earn a spot in the Class 5A state tournament on Oct. 7-8 at Pinehurst Country Club.

With just two players under par on Monday afternoon, the Colorado Springs Country Club proved to be tough to tame during the Class 5A Southern Regional — one of four state qualifying tournaments for the Class 5A state championship event in two weeks.

For the Boulder Panthers, however, Grant AlQatami and a few of his teammates proved able to overcome some higher-than-expected scores and absorb the surroundings just enough to get through their rounds in state-qualifying position.

Boulder placed third in the regional behind Arapahoe and Regis Jesuit — and only the top two teams officially qualify to score points toward a team championship at state. However, all four Panthers golfers (AlQatami, Andrew Platt, Toby Camarillo and James Compo) finished within the top 13 individuals not part of those two top teams.

AlQatami was brilliant on Monday, firing a 1-over 72. He opened his round with a birdie on the par-four third hole, had par on 12 other holes and also birdied two other holes to place third overall.

Platt shot a 79 with two birdies, putting him in a tie with several others for 10th place. Then, in 15th, were Camarillo and Compo at 80.

Class 5A Central Regional

Brayden Weiss of Monarch just got back into playing form after an injury sidelined him for most of the regular season, but the Coyotes golfer has quickly become a state contender and he’ll get his shot to conquer Pinehurst after finishing fourth at South Suburban on Monday.

Weiss shot a 1-over 73, including a 35 on the back nine, to finish within three strokes of the leader. He bogeyed two of the first four holes but played strong after that and finished with 13 pars. He birdied the 11th and 15th to climb up the leaderboard.

The Coyotes also saw Caleb Michaels qualify after shooting a 75, and he also found success on holes 10-18.

Cherry Creek and Highlands Ranch were the teams to come out of the regional able to score towards a team championship trophy. Monarch finished fifth.

Class 5A Northern Regional

Host Broomfield did just enough to qualify its entire team to the state tournament, placing second to Fossil Ridge (the Front Range League team champion) at the Broadlands on Monday afternoon.

Ryan Jenson’s 69 was one of his best rounds of the season for the Eagles and it was good enough for second place in Monday’s tournament. Jensen started on the 11th hole and had eagles on the 13th and 15th to get down to 3-under — a number he would carry the rest of the way.

Carson Briggs (78), Ben Reifschneider (79) and Kaden Jaramillo (81) also battled through their home course well.

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