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Boys golf: Franklin edges Mason in playoff for 3A Region 2 title

Holy Family boys win team championship by three strokes over Colorado Academy

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    Jacob Mason of Holy Family competes at the Class 3A Region 2 golf tournament at Deer Creek in Littleton on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.

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    Holy Family's Jacob Mason competes at the Class 3A Region 2 golf tournament at Deer Creek in Littleton on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.

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    Prospect Ridge's Walker Franklin competes at the Class 3A Region 2 golf tournament at Deer Creek in Littleton on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.

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    Prospect Ridge's Walker Franklin competes at the Class 3A Region 2 golf tournament at Deer Creek in Littleton on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.

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    Tommy Skodje of Dawson School competes at the Class 3A Region 2 golf tournament at Deer Creek in Littleton on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.

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    Tommy Noonan of Dawson School competes at the Class 3A Region 2 golf tournament at Deer Creek in Littleton on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.

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    Suchit Sharma of Peak to Peak competes at the Class 3A Region 2 golf tournament at Deer Creek in Littleton on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.

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    Sean Schumacher of Dawson School competes at the Class 3A Region 2 golf tournament at Deer Creek in Littleton on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. (Photo by Brad Cochi/BoCoPreps.com)

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    Dawson School's Nate Bernstein competes at the Class 3A Region 2 golf tournament at Deer Creek in Littleton on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.

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    Peak to Peak's Lucas Tartaglia competes at the Class 3A Region 2 golf tournament at Deer Creek in Littleton on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.

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    Holy Family's Leo Nelson competes at the Class 3A Region 2 golf tournament at Deer Creek in Littleton on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.

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    Prospect Ridge Academy's Jason Arbuckle competes at the Class 3A Region 2 golf tournament at Deer Creek in Littleton on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.

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    Holy Family's Jackson Grace competes at the Class 3A Region 2 golf tournament at Deer Creek in Littleton on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.

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    Garrett Green of Holy Family competes at the Class 3A Region 2 golf tournament at Deer Creek in Littleton on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.

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    Peak to Peak's David Long competes at the Class 3A Region 2 golf tournament at Deer Creek in Littleton on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.

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    Peak to Peak's Davis Long competes at the Class 3A Region 2 golf tournament at Deer Creek in Littleton on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.

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    Caden Koole of Prospect Ridge Academy competes at the Class 3A Region 2 golf tournament at Deer Creek in Littleton on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.

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    Blake Hassler of Prospect Ridge Academy competes at the Class 3A Region 2 golf tournament at Deer Creek in Littleton on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.

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    Dawson School head coach Arnold Lewis watches as his team competes in the Class 3A Region 2 golf tournament at Deer Creek in Littleton on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.

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    Peak to Peak's Adi Malhotra competes at the Class 3A Region 2 golf tournament at Deer Creek in Littleton on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.

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LITTLETON – Prospect Ridge senior Walker Franklin and Holy Family senior Jacob Mason tied at 3-over after a tough 18-hole day at Deer Creek Golf Club on Monday.

In order to decide the Class 3A Region 2 champion, Franklin and Mason had to play a playoff for the individual title. Franklin ended up winning the playoff by a stroke when Mason three-putted on the first playoff hole.

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Prospect Ridge’s Walker Franklin competes at the Class 3A Region 2 golf tournament at Deer Creek in Littleton on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.

The truth is neither of the two friends cared much about who stood victorious at the end of Monday’s regional. Both players have greater aspirations of winning a state title, and finishing first on Monday paled in comparison to being No. 1 on Oct. 8, the final day of Colorado’s 3A state championships.

“We’re good buddies and it was just fun playing with him again,” Mason said. “Just watching him play, he’s such a good player. He knows how to play around the green and he’s so good with the putter. It was a fun day and hopefully we can battle it out again at state.”

Mason’s and Franklin’s regional rounds played out quite differently.

Mason, who placed sixth at state in 2018, had an up-and-down round with four birdies and six holes in which he shot over par. The Tigers senior birdied three straight holes to open the back nine but shot four over par on the final six holes of his round.

Largely because of his ability to scramble and putt well, Franklin, who placed fourth at state last fall, made par on 13 of 18 holes. He bogeyed four holes and was frustrated at making birdie on only the par-5 second hole.

“I felt like I was scrambling the entire round,” Franklin said. “Nothing was really going well. I was slicing my driver, couldn’t put it in play. I was making bogeys. It was just rough but I stuck with it and it’s all about state at this point.”

Peak to Peak’s Davis Long struggled as well, tying for ninth place with a 7-over 79. But like Mason and Franklin, Long, third at the 3A state tournament last season after winning the state title in 2017, knows regionals is all about just earning a spot at state when you’re a contender.

“There were some high numbers out there because this is a little bit of a hard course,” Long said. “Especially when the pressure comes out and people feel like you have to do well for your team and such, the holes become a little tighter and the shots become a little harder. It takes some perseverance but at the end of the day you’re just trying to punch your ticket and if you’re able to do that, then mission accomplished.”

Each of four regionals qualifies two full teams and its top 13 individuals not on either qualifying team for state. Out of Region 2, the Holy Family Tigers were crowned team champions after edging the Colorado Academy squad by three strokes.

The 3A boys golf state championships will be played Oct. 7-8 at Eisenhower Golf Club’s blue course in Colorado Springs.