Boys golf: Fairview leads after Day 1 at 5A state championships

Knights have three players in the top six with individual competition still wide open

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    Legacy's Trenton Homchanh plays at the Class 5A state golf tournament at Pinehurst on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019.

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    Fairview's Ewan Albright plays at the Class 5A state golf tournament at Pinehurst on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019.

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    Monarch's Caleb Michaels plays at the Class 5A state golf tournament at Pinehurst on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019.

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    Fairview's Brett Reamon follows through with an iron shot while he plays at the Class 5A state golf tournament at Pinehurst on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019.

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    Legacy's Brayden Weiss plays at the Class 5A state golf tournament at Pinehurst on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019.

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    Broomfield's Ben Reifschneider shows great form on a follow-through at the Class 5A state golf tournament at Pinehurst on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019.

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    Boulder's Grant AlQatami uses his driver off the tee while playing at the Class 5A state golf tournament at Pinehurst on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019.

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    Broomfield's Carson Briggs follows through on a shot while playing at the Class 5A state golf tournament at Pinehurst on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019.

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    Broomfield's Kaden Jaramillo plays at the Class 5A state golf tournament at Pinehurst on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019.

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    Ryder Heuston of Fairview plays at the Class 5A state golf tournament at Pinehurst on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019.

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    William Chadwick of Fairview plays at the Class 5A state golf tournament at Pinehurst on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019.

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DENVER – This is the state tournament the Fairview boys golf team has been looking forward to for the past several years and the Knights lived up to their own expectations throughout its opening round at Pinehurst Country Club on Monday.

The Knights’ goal for some time now has been an eventual Class 5A team championship and the Fairview boys have collectively positioned themselves to win one.

At the end of Day 1, the Knights held a four-stroke lead over defending champion Fossil Ridge. Tuesday’s second day will conclude not only a several-season building effort for the Knights, but also a season-long battle with their rivals from the Front Range League.

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William Chadwick of Fairview plays at the Class 5A state golf tournament at Pinehurst on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019.

“We all played really solid,” Knights golfer Will Chadwick said. “I really like where we’re at right now and I’m confident in our team. We kind of knew that they (Fossil Ridge) were going to be our biggest competition so hopefully we can keep up the good play.”

Chadwick nearly had a hole-in-one on No. 12, leaving his tee shot within two feet for an easy birdie finish. He finished the round with a 2-over par 72 and in a tie for sixth place. The final round one standings featured three Fairview golfers in the top six, which is encouraging because each team scores its top three golfers and Fossil Ridge’s Gavin Hagstrom ended the day in the lead at even par.

Knights senior Ryder Heuston, who was in a life-threatening skiing accident this past winter but recovered in time to play this season, shot a 1-over 71 on Monday. That puts him in a tie for second place with teammate Brett Reamon, as well as Arapahoe’s Will Kates and Highlands Ranch’s Tarek Salem.

“I was hoping for something like that when we started today,” Knights coach John Zerwin said. “I knew our guys could play this course and play well. They did a good job of managing the nerves and emotions, too, which is the hardest part. These guys have been teammates forever, they’ve been friends forever and it’s neat to have four of them here together to experience this.”

Tuesday’s final day could turn out to be quite the experience for a number of players, especially with the individual title still very much up for grabs. Day 2 will begin with four players within one stroke of the leader, three more within two strokes and still three more players just three strokes back of the lead.

Two of the players trailing by three are Legacy’s Trenton Homchanh and Boulder’s Grant AlQatami. After a difficult scoring day on the tough greens at Pinehurst, the 2019 state champion could be determined by which of over a dozen players can putt the best on Tuesday.

“I just wanted to have fun and put myself in contention, which I think I did,” AlQatami said. “I’m a few off and there are a bunch of us up there. I’m just going to have to play my game and hope I get lucky with my putting. It’s a tossup.”

The Boulder Panthers finished Day 1 sitting fifth in the team scoring competition. Broomfield sat in 15th.