BROOMFIELD — Hole-in-ones are sweet. Fairview junior Mathieu Zerwin got his first at the Broomfield Eagle Classic two-man, best-ball tournament at Broadlands Golf Course Thursday morning, and a story for life.
Doubly sweet: He and his tournament partner Sawyer Sales shared the benefits of it.
Sales finished third at 3-over 75 — just behind Legacy’s Tommy Hammond (73) and Cheyenne Mountain’s Kale Parthen (70) — while Zerwin was fifth at 76. Yet in this setup, where pairings played as a team and used the best score of the two on each hole, the Knights duo combined to take second at 68.
“A tournament like this is really good,” Fairview coach John Zerwin said. “Golf is an individual sport and it’s really easy to get lost in your own brain sometimes. So, a tournament like this, where they can root for each other and pull each other along, is a really good thing.”
All of it was heightened by the ace everyone wanted to hear about in the clubhouse afterward.
On the par-3 No. 12 — 183 yards from the pin — the Fairview coach’s son hit a fade with an 8-iron and saw it land a few yards in front of the hole before it disappeared from sight.
Sudden stillness was overcome by a loud holler on the tee box. Even a number of Fairview golfers waiting behind the box exploded in a celebration of their own.
As for Sales, who was still grinning as he came off the course, he pulled out his phone to record the moment.
“We all were running, pushing our pushcarts and I was filming,” Sales said. “And the group behind us were also at the tee box because it was pretty backed up. We all waved at them and they were throwing their clubs, they were going crazy. It was a fun experience.”
Zerwin, meanwhile, said he stayed composed as long as he could.
“They were all freaking out that it went in. I was trying to stay calm,” he said, briskly walking ahead for a better look. “Because if it didn’t go in, I didn’t want to look stupid.”
Cheyenne Mountain’s pairing of Parthen and Thomas Herholtz won the tournament with a best-ball score of 65, which was the lowest duo score in the five years of the Eagle Classic.
Behind Sales/Zerwin was the Legacy brothers team of Tommy and Tyler Hammond at 71. Tommy, looking for his second consecutive state berth as a senior, led the way with three birdies and four bogeys despite playing with a tweaked neck.
“I think my putting has been the biggest thing for me (this year),” he said. “My irons and wedges and driver haven’t been very good. But I’ve been scrambling well and have been able to kept the numbers low.”
As per tradition, the tournament handed out prizes for “closest to the pin” and “longest drive”. The latter went to Broomfield’s Garrett Klein, who barreled a 322-yard drive on an ascending fairway.