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BROOMFIELD — Monarch’s Caleb Michaels looks on before putting the final touches on his 2-under 70 round at Broadlands Golf Course Thursday
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It’s about time for regionals and the final big tournaments for Colorado high school golfers before the state championships.

Local teams from the BoCoPreps.com area will be spread all over and compete throughout the upcoming week. With state qualifications on the line, let’s take a quick look at the who, what, when and where below.

Monarch will compete in the 5A Southern Region tournament at South Suburban on Thursday. Broomfield will be at Overland Golf Course for the 5A Central on Wednesday. Legacy will compete in the 5A Northern Regional at Hyland Hills on Monday.

Boulder and Fairview will both be in the 5A Western Regional at Raccoon Creek, which will also take place on Monday.

In Class 4A, Centaurus, Erie, Frederick, Longmont, Mead, Niwot, Silver Creek and Skyline will all play in the 4A Region 3 tournament at Quail Dunes on Tuesday.

On Monday in Class 3A, Peak to Peak, Prospect Ridge and Dawson will play in the Region 2 tournament at Murphy Creek while Jefferson Academy plays in Region 3 at Boomerang. Holy Family will be in 3A Region 4, playing at River Valley Ranch on Tuesday.

Now, here’s some info on a few players to keep an eye on this week.

Ben Achziger, Holy Family – In the NCAC this season, Achziger posted three rounds under 80 and finished sixth overall in the league. Headed for the 3A postseason, he’ll join teammates Jackson Grace and Matthew Kusbel to form a potent team that has the potential to be in the running on day two of the state tournament if all goes to plan the rest of the way.

Braden Caffarelli, Erie – With his scores dropping consistently towards the end of the 2020 regular season, it appears Cafferelli is playing his best golf at the right time. That’s all most golfers hope for. He appeared at the beginning of the season to be poised for a top-20 finish at state and after the way he has played throughout 2020 so far, he could finish even higher with a couple good days at state.

Jake Chesler, Frederick – The Longs Peak League champ is headed to regionals looking for another title to add to his 2020 resume. The low 70s-shooting junior who placed 10th in 4A last fall is also bringing a crew of Frederick Warriors with him that’s coming off a LPL team title. Keep an eye on Chesler, Cole Greff and Kyle Spence as they look to keep pushing their program up the hill it has been climbing in recent years.

Adam Gannon, Longmont – An all-conference golfer in the NCAC this fall, Gannon is definitely a wild card this postseason. After placing 30th in 4A last season, there’s little doubt Gannon will make a return appearance in 2020. But if he can catch fire once he gets there, Gannon has a chance to go low and make a splash.

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Niwot’s Christopher Gunlikson sets up a putt at the Frederick Classic at Coyote Creek Golf Course on Thursday Aug. 27, 2020

Christopher Gunlikson, Niwot – Having just finished third overall in the Longs Peak League, Gunlikson looks like he’s ready for the next challenge. Gunlikson was 45th as a sophomore at state last season and didn’t score above 79 in a single LPL match this season, so there’s a better-than-good chance he’ll improve on his finish as a junior.

Ben Harding, Silver Creek – Harding finished strong down the home stretch of the regular season and led the Raptors to a second-place team finish in the NCAC. He consistently played in the 70s with an average of 76.6 and a low score in league play of 72. Harding was outside the top 20 at state last year and will be gunning to crack through this fall with a strong team potentially at his back.

Caleb Michaels, Monarch – Neck-and-neck with teammate Jackson Harberts all season long, Michaels made it onto the all-conference first team in the Front Range League. So did Harberts. Neither went to state in 2019 but both are determined, expected even, to get there this time around.

Ben Reifschneider, Broomfield – Reifschneider made his state tournament debut last season and carded two rounds in the 80s to place 66th. Along with teammate Kaden Jaramillo this fall, he was an all conference first-teamer in the Front Range League and shot every league round in the 70s. Shooting around 150 for a two-round score would have been good for a top-20 finish at last year’s state tournament so Reifschneider has good reason to plan on a big step forward in the coming weeks.

Ethan Runyon, Jefferson Academy – Runyon made the state cut in Class 3A last season and entered the 2020 season expecting to lead a full team to state. He’s done exactly that and the Jaguars are headed to regionals with confidence in golfers like Runyon, Hunter Johnson and Subastian King to give it their best shot at sending a team to state.

Ryan Vaver, Centaurus – Vaver set out this season to make his debut at state and with the postseason just days away, he’s on the brink of accomplishing that goal. All-conference in the NCAC, he’s heading into regionals after placing fifth in the league with an average score of 78.6.

Jefferson Academy’s Ethan Runyon watches his tee shot on No. 9 at Aurora Hills Golf Course during the Metro League golf tournament on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (Photo by Brad Cochi/BoCoPreps.com)