GOLDEN — Even for this year’s talented crop of golfers who qualified for the Class 5A state tournament, attacking the Rolling Hills County Club course on Monday was like trying to hit a moving target.
A blustery first day made an already difficult course more so and no golfer was able to shoot par. Day 1 leaders Graham Dzengelewski (Arapahoe) and Wesley Erling (Pine Creek) will enter Tuesday’s Duvall round at 2-over par and while 24 players managed to shoot in the 70’s, the talk at the turn was how unlikely it seemed for any golfer to go low on Monday.
The BoCoPreps.com area contingent was no exception. Monarch’s Caleb Michaels, an all-conference player in the Front Range League, was the area’s top finisher after a day’s play, with two birdies on the back nine helping him to a 10-over 81.
That was only good for 36th place.
“It was definitely tough,” Broomfield senior Ben Reifschneider said. “The wind was there from the start of the day so that right away brought in the factor of having to hit shots you wouldn’t hit on a normal day. I would have loved to have done better and I thought I left a lot of shots out there. But all you can really do is go out here and play your game, and let the rest take care of itself.
“All we can do is look to improve on things tomorrow.”
Reifschneider, who shot a 39 on the front nine, finished the first day in a tie for 47th place and with a score of 84. He’ll enter Day 2 just behind sophomore teammate Sawyer Hyten, who made his state tournament debut on Monday and carded an 83 to end the day in a tie for 45th.
The next lowest-scoring locals after Broomfield’s pair were Legacy junior Deven Sehr and Monarch freshman Jackson Harberts, who turned in matching 89’s and will enter Day 2 tied for 63rd place.
“It’s an extremely difficult course and the greens are really tough,” Broomfield head coach Tony Ferraro said. “We saw some four- and five-putts today from some really good golfers. With the wind the way it was, it dries those greens out and they were just flying today. But given the conditions, I think our guys played really well today.”
Monarch junior Ian Henderson scored a 90 and is currently in 66th place, tying him with Fairview senior Sam Knowlton. Legacy’s Tommy Hammond finished Day 1 in a tie for 90th place with a score of 91.
Boulder sophomore Luke Blankinship shot a 97 and is in a three-way tie for 79th that also includes Fairview senior Trey Harman.
State tournament play will resume with the final round on Tuesday morning.